A sunny start to the day and it is a high spring tide. I set up high above the sea to try to capture the beautiful colours and patterns made by a strong south-westerly wind. The surface of the water is dancing and the movement reveals glimpses of the life and colours below. The colours are similar to the Mediterranean tones and hues but the temperature unfortunately is not. I try different shutter speeds to see which are most effective given the weather conditions. However, the wind is vigorous, and I am using a polariser filter to reduce stray reflections and glare off the water, so I am not able to achieve very fast shutter speeds – the fastest being 1/1250. I also experiment with slower shutter speeds of 1/40-1/20 to smooth the effect of the movement.
The results are somewhat of a surprise and I am not sure what to make of them. In fact, I am reluctant to load them here but feel in the interests of learning from mistakes that I should! I think the reason I am perplexed is that they do not reflect the reality that I saw, or I thought I was photographing at the time. I think this is because I used the polarising filter and it has perhaps modified the colours that I saw. I think there is merit and potential in what I hoped to capture but perhaps on another occasion I should forget the filter and use a faster shutter speed!
Onwards and upwards . . .
My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.