This week’s images have all been from the same location: Folly Beach, Charleston, South Carolina. When I get to a new place, I usually start out with the wide-angle shot that encompasses a large area and then really work the scene moving in closer and closer, eliminating elements from the scene to create more abstract compositions.
This is one of the first images I made.
In this shot, I moved a bit closer to the pier.
In Tuesday’s post I showed an image which isolated one section of the pier, but still included the beach, ocean, pier and sky. In Wednesday’s image, I cut out the sand and the sky above the pier as I got closer.
When the sun finally rose, I had made my way down the beach and was standing right next to the pier. At that point, when the bright light flooded the scene, I changed the angle I was shooting by aiming down the pier to eliminate the sun from the frame. I really liked how the waves rushed under the pier crashing into the pilings, the sunlight reflecting off the splashes.
When you “work the scene” it is most important to remember what attracted you to the scene in the first place. This is not about randomly taking snapshots with different perspectives. It is about focussing your attention more closely on the most important aspects of the scene and thinking of compositions that will portray these aspects in the best way.