Oceanside Compositions at Castlepoint

Many people enjoy vacations along the ocean, with days full of water sports, sunbathing and people watching. For those of us who enjoy photography, these same locations present completely different vacation opportunities. This article features a selection of oceanside compositions at Castlepoint, New Zealand.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

Lighthouses may act as warning beacons to ships… but have strong attraction to photographers.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 12 mm, efov 32.4 mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-160

I enjoy including walkways and stairs into oceanside compositions as they can often help to document one’s journey to the lighthouse.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

Decks and outlooks can also bring different perspectives into play.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 16 mm, efov 43.2 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

Combining rocks, sky and water can lead to somewhat complex compositions…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 19 mm, efov 51.3 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-160

Some things catch my eye due to their simplicity and the questions they pose about how nature came to place some objects.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 56 mm, efov 151 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-160

I love wandering among rocks and sand, letting my eye find interesting combinations of shapes and colours.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 14 mm, efov 38 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-160

Some compositions can reinforce how living things somehow can find a way to survive in harsh environments.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 32 mm, efov 86.4 mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-160

While others remind us of the power of nature and how the relentless motion of wind and waves can carve and shape even the hardest of surfaces.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm @ 13 mm, efov 35 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

Incorporating man-made objects can give our oceanside compositions a sense of scale.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm @ 9.3 mm, efov 25 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

Getting in close to an object in the foreground with a wide angle lens can bring a sense of intimacy to an oceanside composition.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

Remembering to monitor shutter speeds by adjusting ISO in windy conditions can help avoid foliage blur.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

Positioning our cameras down low can help accentuate undulations in the sand and plant life.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The footprints of people who have trekked on the beach before us can act as natural leading lines in oceanside compositions.

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Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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