New Images - Monochrome seascapes:
During the last couple of months Chris has been paying closer attention to the dramatic winter light of his local beaches. It has prompted a number of single shot captures as monochrome images.

One of the themes that is emerging is the way that the rolling waves break over the "groynes" that have been built to retain the beaches themselves. Both the breaking of the waves and the way that the expired wave also recedes back. As Chris comments:

"On the most recent occasion I was particularly struck by the way that each consecutive wave was so different from the previous one (from any previous one?). Particularly as regards the myriad ways that an expiring wave can sweep back (or across) the slope - to inhibit the on-coming rush of the following one".

Over the course of a couple of hours he made a number of different images at the same spot, each with a completely different look, and is now considering the possibility of a series.

Some of the other captures, whilst including the groynes too, have a rather broader perspective.

This one (see right) is, we suppose, more of a traditional take on a seascape. The decision to also make this a b/w image was made after seeing the subtleties of the tones that the middle distance possesses. That and the way that the contrasting (in more than one sense) man-made structures divide the overall arrangement so effectively.

Finally here (see below), one of the first of these new images was made further along the coast at the town of Worthing. It was prior to the concentration on the groynes and features another of the man-made structures so familiar of the English seaside: a seafront shelter.

It was the grid-like pattern of the shelter's window-panes that was key to the way the image was composed to "fit". With that (and the precise exposure) determined though, the critical factor became the relative movement of the water-side figures, caught so dazzlingly against the light reflected off the surface of the sea.

  Please click any of these images to view their Collection pages.

By contrast to the the monochrome images above, we can also report that the full colour Chanctonbury Ring image that we pre-viewed last month has now gone live in the Panoramic Landscapes collection.

See it here:  Chanctonbury Ring: January Sky.


And finally, since putting together this news page, we have come to the conclusion that the regular Collection pages are not really showing off the "SingleShot" images to best advantage. Showing them at closer to the size of the above beach hut image would be better. We are looking into the possibility of introducing such a view to the Collections in the next few months.

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