There’s nothing I love more than going to a beach at sunset with my camera and a pack of filters, finding some interesting rocks, and watching the light fade away.
I heard that Prince Edward Island had red sand, but I had no idea that the beaches would be just like Mexico. Ok, when it is sunny and warm, it is just like Mexico Whether white or red, the texture of the sand is the same, soft and spongy, and there is so much of it.
To make these images, I used a Singh-Ray 2 stop hard graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky and even out the exposure of the image. Then I stacked on top of that a 4 stop neutral density filter which blocked out enough light to allow for the long shutter speed which blurred the ocean waves.
You have to experiment with the shutter speed to get the effect you desire. This image is a 5 second exposure.
The next image is a 10 second exposure. Notice how the ocean is more blurred and ethereal than the first image.
This final image is 1.3 seconds. Notice how there is more definition and detail in the movement of the water.
Filters are great fun to play with. Some people claim to be able to get the same effect in photoshop, but I think it is always better to get the image as close as you can to the final product in the camera. It gives you a better starting point when you get to photoshop. Besides, don’t we already spend enough time in front of a computer screen? As much as I love my iMac, I would rather be at the beach.