Shooting Stormy Seas by Beata Moore

Landscape Photographer of the Year judge Beata Moore shares her top tips for shooting stormy seas on the grey days we know so well in the U.K!
Dec 20

1) Stormy seas and giant waves are beautiful, but powerful and unpredictable, So always keep a safe distance away.

2) Timing is everything when photographing the sea. Concentrate on catching the decisive moment and including interesting shapes, textures and contrast into your composition. Lower perspective makes the waves look more prominent.

3) The knowledge of the tides is essential for your safety and for achieving the most dramatic photos. Start shooting an hour to two before high tide and keep shooting for at least an hour after high tide.

4) Use telephoto-zoom lenses, anything from 100 to 400mm as it allows for a safe distance from the waves. AN aperture of F/9 ensures that more of the scene is in focus and fast shutter speeds of 1/500 - 1/2000 of a second will work well.

5) Monopod or a tripod with a fluid head gives some support for heavier lenses and enables quick movement of the camera in all directions in search of a perfect wave.

6) Keeping the camera kit dry in stormy conditions is challenging. Protect your camera with a camera waterproof cover. Fit a deep lens hood on your lens and use wet lens wipes followed by a wipe with dry lens cloth.


Text and Photos by Beata Moore


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