Photo by Pete
Most people think that the coast is reserved for the summer months when it comes to photography. But in fact visiting the coast out of season can provide great potential for all sorts of photography, as we find out here.
If you live near the coast, then you're lucky to have such good photographic opportunities within walking distance. If you have to travel to get to the coast, it'll be worth it for the photos plus, you'll most likely be able to park pretty centrally as there won't be as many visitors when the weather turns.
- When it's cold and gloomy outside, as you can imagine not as many people will visit the coast as in the height of summer. But this desolation gives you a great opportunity to capture people-free images of the beach, something which can be impossible on a hot summer's day. It will also give you more space to get onto the beach with a tripod and take some great landscape shots with an ND filter to capture atmospheric cloudy skies.
- To most people, seeing snow at the beach will be a weird concept. If it snows and settles on the sand, it can be a great opportunity to take some beach shots with a twist. Just make sure your white balance is adjusted accordingly, as sometimes snow can appear blue.
- Why not photograph the amusement arcades and other structures such as the pier while they're relatively empty? This can yield some really atmospheric shots, giving you plenty of time to set up and compose your shot as you won't be in the way of passing tourists as much. The odd resident or fisherman walking along will also add to the feel of emptiness in your shot.
Stormy Seas -
Weather at the seaside can often be unpredictable so make sure you wrap up warm and take your waterproof gear with you. Consider a weatherproof Pentax camera such as the compact WG-3
or the K-3 DSLR
, which has weather proofing.
- Stormy seas will also give you a fantastic opportunity to capture smashing waves and beach huts with a punch of colour as they contrast with the grey sky. The opportunities for photography at the coast out of season are endless.