Scott Mead's adventure in beach photography started back in 1975 when his grandfather gave him a Kodak Instamatic and sent him off on the sands of Maui.
Typically what I'm looking for is something that has a really solid foreground to anchor the image. Sunrise and sunset are obviously great times for beach shots, but what do you shoot in mid-day sun? How do you decide whether to use a slow shutter speed to blur the waves or a fast one to freeze them? The one thing I utilize that people will probably laugh at are the small, clear garbage bags from Costco.
I always keep a blower bulb or a can of air handy because sand can really get into everything. A lot of people shooting sunsets will grab a shot and their camera's meter takes an average of the scene, giving you a nice glow, but it loses the foreground and the background.
A lot of photography is about patience and persistence, but you need a dose of luck as well. Adjust your camera settings so it’s using a long shutter speed and use a timer to trigger the shutter.
Now that we’ve come to the end of this light painting tutorial, you know how to create nice painting with light. I was so happy to see the title in my inbox since light painting was something I’ve wanted to read about and never got to it, yet this tutorial was nothing less than a disappointment. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. Have you ever tried taking photos of a beautiful winter landscape covered in bright white snow? The easiest way to get a proper exposure for your snow photos is to use exposure compensation.
Usually, setting the exposure compensation between +1 and +2 will give you a good exposure for snow covered scenes.
If you want a truly perfect exposure of that beautiful winter landscape, your best bet is to use an 18% gray card. The photograph at the beginning of this article was taken by Christopher Chan, and is used under the Creative Commons (by-nc-nd) 2.0 license. If you enjoyed this article, and would like to read more, please signup for free updates by email or RSS.
About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, computer scientist, and founder of PhotoNaturalist.
Swales are shallow grass-lined channels designed to collect water and move it gradually away downslope. Unlike ditches, they are normally dry without wet weather and their sides and base are grassed. This will depend on the layout of the site and, in particular in the case of a retrofit, on the available space. On large sites, subsidiary swales between houses may link with a main swale off to one side. At the lower end of each trench, build up the check dam from the 75-150mm grade broken stone to a height of 500mm above the floor of the swale. Grass the swale with a mixture that requires little maintenance and provide a dense, well-knit sward. If I'm shooting a sunset, it obviously has to be west-facing, but it also has to have some really good wave action.


You have to observe how the water is moving, how the under water topography is affecting the waves. It's really the only way to balance the light within the camera so you make sure you retain all the detail within the shadow areas without blowing out the clouds that are close to the sun. The best thing I've ever purchased is the Gitzo explorer tripod, which lets you lock the tripod legs in any position you want.
Before I put anything back in the bag, I'll give it a quick blast to get the extra sand off.
It's not uncommon for me to go back to a location maybe five times just waiting for the right sunset.
Whether it be by taking regular landscape photographs or making surreal and abstract images. When you’re painting with lights, you use the fact that your environment reflects little light and use a light source that emits a lot of light.
This doesn’t have to be a super fancy camera but the more settings you can customize the more control you will have over the quality of the image. This is also very important because when you are light painting you want to reduce the motion blur on the background while still maintaining the long shutter speed. Because the lights you are using are a lot brighter than the environment your camera will register it a lot better. A blown out sky is always a problem for me although I haven’t tried this technique with snow on the ground.
I was thinking about heading off to Lake Tahoe sometime, but I have no idea how to take photos in snow covered grounds. You simply put it over your lens, point your camera at the available light, not directly at the sun, take a photo then set your White Balance to that photo. They can encourage infiltration along their route and the grass can provide filtration of suspended sediments as well as taking up nutrients. The grass needs to be kept to a height of approximately 100mm ? you can do this by mowing, strimming or light grazing. Steeper ground than this can have a swale built on it but the swale should curve to and from across the slope with a shallow gradient.
Normally though the swale would run either parallel with or at right angles to the run of the houses with hard-standing areas draining towards the swale. At these times, run-off should be collected and diverted to waste tanks for subsequent land spreading.
This is the area of lightly contaminated hard-standing and roof that is going to be contributing run-off to the swale.
Where possible make the side slopes no steeper than a 1:3 slope - use a shallower slope if space permits.
For instance, a mixture of 70% creeping red fescue, 20% smooth-stalked meadow grass and 10% creeping bent. Eventually you find that one perfect spot where everything comes together and from there it's just a waiting game for that perfect light. If you have really shallow water, you wan wait until the sun is really high and in back of you and that light will come through the water.
If you wait until noon when the sun his high in the sky and do a really tight macro on some wet sand, it can really look incredible. It has the added benefit of letting you drag the shutter a little bit to catch that wave action. A lot of people see the one final image that I present, but the time lapse shows how things progressed.


Sand, and if you're here in Hawaii, lava can make it tricky to set up a tripod if you can't move the legs freely.
I'll poke a hole in the end, stretch it over the lens and let the rest drape over the camera.
When I do get back to my studio, I thoroughly clean all my gear with a damp terry cloth towel. Then when they get back and look at the photo, they'll say, "This doesn't look exactly how I saw it." You need to ask yourself what's really making it an awesome scene.
If there’s no light or little light, however, it takes longer to gather all the information to create a good photograph. They come in different shapes and sizes and you can easily draw a lot of different shapes with them. The cool thing about this that while you are running in front of the camera trying out this nifty light painting tutorial, you probably wont be on the image itself. Commonly, their storage capacity is increased and the rate of water flow along their length is decreased by the construction of check dams. If you need to, make the bottom of the slopes of the swale shallow and steepen them as you go upwards. To size the swale, this area is multiplied by 12mm in order that the first 12mm of rainfall in any one rainfall event can be held in the swale ? any additional run-off will overflow downhill. It'll hit the sand and reflect up, so as the waves curl, you'll get some incredible aqua colors. You can make sure you're at high-tide, which will give you bigger waves and better action in your photos. I have storm covers that I use if it's raining or if I'm out on a boat shooting whales, but the clear bag lets me make quick adjustments to my camera.
Knock on wood, in my eight years of continuous shooting over here, I've never had a camera fail due to salt exposure.
When there is little or no light, your camera will probably automatically adjust itself, but sometimes you want to change the setting and make the shutter speed even longer. You can try painting faces or smileys on trash cans, write graffiti on the wall without doing anything illegal, etc. The movement you create is probably too fast for the camera to register, which leaves only the lines the lights create.
Sometimes after the sun goes below the horizon, you can get incredible colors in the clouds. This article will tell you how it works, what kinds of light painting there are,  and how you can try it for yourself. 12mm is chosen because that amount of rain will generally lift any light contamination from the surface and further rain after that is likely to run clean.
The main subject is the beach itself but incorporating those secondary objects that draw people's eyes. The gradient of the slope is then used to calculate how many check dams are required and then their spacing and sizes are calculated. Spend some time watching and that will give you an idea of how long you'll have to wait to get the one you want. It's a fun lens because I can put it on the 5D Mark II, get it less than an inch from the water and it looks very cool.



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