A little while ago I had a couple of days off work, so thought I’d pop out for a bit to see what I could find. I only had a couple of hours and didn’t want to go too far, so I thought I’d go for a walk (and a kickabout with my friend) on Warkworth Beach just to the north of Amble. Beautiful afternoon on a lovely beach – I haven’t spent much time there but it’s definitely one to come back to again.
The first thing I noticed was some incredible patterns in the sand – the tide was out so I figure the patterns were made by the retreating tide earlier in the afternoon.
Patterns in the sand at Warkworth Beach
The second thing was the vast flatness of the southern end of the beach, huge areas of wet sand perfect for kicking a football around on… The tide was starting to come in so I took the opportunity to try simplistic shot of sky, surf and sand. The sky had started to cloud look a bit broody at this point, but it was still brighter then the sand so I used a 0.3 ND Grad filter to balance the scene out. Added to this was a 0.9 ND filter to increase the exposure time and get the ‘streaky’ effect on the surf.
Incoming tide on Warkworth Beach
A bit further along the beach and I had a go at something minimalist – a shot of Coquet Island sitting in the midst of a silky sea. To get the effect I was after I used a big stopper – a 10 stop extreme ND filter. This allowed me to take a 2-minute photo when otherwise I could only get about a quarter of a second without the filter. I converted the photo to black and white in Photoshop to finish it off.
Minimalist photo of Coquet Island
All in all, a good afternoon on a lovely beach. Will definitely return…
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