Melancholia: monochrome long exposure seascapes

Melancholia: monochrome long exposure seascapes

Now for something really different from my usual style. During my trip to California last year, we spend a little over a day around Big Sur and Santa Cruz. We had a nice sunset on the first day, but the next day was really cloudy. I wanted to shoot some seascapes, so I decided to do a little project with long exposures to mitigate the bad weather.

All of these images were shot on a single day, between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. I wanted to create ethereal, surreal, minimalist scenes by using long exposures and black and white.

The goal was to use rock formations to create a contrast between the sharpness of the rocks and the smoothness of the water and the sky. Expositions ranged from 4 minutes to 10 minutes depending on the location and how the water was moving.

I also decided on a 2:1 cropped ratio to emphasize the horizon line and the flat, smooth ocean.

The resulting 5 images are quite moody and I have titled the series Melancholia. I hope you enjoy this little experiment! (Click on the images to view them large).A sr

Melancholia: The Lost Sibling | Pescadero State Beach, CA

Melancholia: The Lost Sibling | Pescadero State Beach, CA

Melancholia: The Lost Archipelago | Along Highway 1, CA

Melancholia: The Lost Archipelago | Along Highway 1, CA

Melancholia: Father and Son | Pescadero State Beach, CA

Melancholia: Father and Son | Pescadero State Beach, CA

Melancholia: The Tale of Time | Natural Bridges State Beach, CA

Melancholia: The Tale of Time | Natural Bridges State Beach, CA

Here’s what the last image in the series looks like in color with a more conventional processing:

Melancholic Grey | Natural Bridges State Beach, CA

Melancholic Grey | Natural Bridges State Beach, CA

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