How To Photograph Waterside Sunsets Without Getting Your Feet Wet?

There is something therapeutic about taking a stroll by the waterside, be it a picturesque winding river or calm sea. Do you agree?

If you live near a beck, or river you’ll vouch for the joy that comes from listening to the birds in the trees communicating with the ducks on the water. It can help while away an enjoyable hour or two and unwind from the stress built up during the week.

The calm sea with it’s repetitive, yet relaxing waves can allow us at times to work our way through some of our life’s difficulties.

When you add to the already existing beautiful surroundings a stunning sunset you capture a picture which you maybe wish you could bottle up and take home. Well, the good news is you can. How? Firstly, you need your camera. Secondly, you need to take a picture that you’ll want to keep looking at, sharing with your friends, maybe even put it as your desktop picture or screensaver to remind you.

These past two weeks I have concentrated on helping those that have restricted mobility. Today is no different. This post will give some simple little suggestions that I have used to grab a worthwhile picture without getting my feet wet. Actually, without touching the sand, or getting off my mobility scooter.

The suggestions I will give can be used either by the sea as the pictures show or by a lake, river or estuary.

PLAN YOUR TIME

0004When you flick through your favourite photography magazine and you see some of the pictures that professionals take, it’s easy to be jealous that they were in the right place at the right time to take this sensational shot.

The truth is, no one gets shots like that by coincidence only. They have to plan their time, and then patiently wait for the right shot. Amateur photographers are no different. We need to plan our time. How?

Using the picture above as an example, you’ll see that because I was able to take the photo before the tide was going out. These photos are were taken at Sandbanks, Poole. Despite only being around 4 miles apart, the tidal times for Sandbanks is different to the times for Bournemouth.

The only way I was able to do this was to plan my time and know before I headed out what the tidal times were. You can find the tidal times very easily on the internet at www.tidetimes.org.uk.

If you prefer to take photos by the river bank, lake, or estuary then the principle is the same. You want to know what’s the best time before the sun dives behind the trees, or blocked by the farmers’ barn or local pub. Aren’t pubs next to the river just the best!!

USE ‘LIVE VIEW’

0003Using my mobility scooter on the Sandbanks promenade I was able to slide from my seat onto the top of some steps leading to the sand. Using the “live view” setting on my camera, I held the camera close to the floor. The “live view” setting gives you so much freedom. The small square screen on the back of your camera means you don’t have to ask your body to do what it can’t. Yet, you still get a great picture.

Therefore, I was able to spice up this sunset with a reflection that breaks as it were at my feet. This is great if like me you’re not always able to get down on the sand or stand close enough by the water’s edge and make the most from the reflection off the surface.

CREATE DEPTH

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When you are able to get a subject in the forefront (Beach Grass), you are able to get some beautiful silhouette texture and depth. The gulls in the picture was a testimony to patience. Sitting in my mobility scooter I was able to take this picture from eye level. I used the Infinity setting so that each subject in the picture would remain sharp.

So, there we are 3 nice and simple suggestions you can use to capture beautiful sunsets without getting your feet wet.

Happy Snapping



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