While I was in the Cinque Terre (read my blog post about the visit) in Italy, I took the opportunity to shoot long exposure images. I just got a NDx400 filter and it was the perfect opportunity to use it.
I haven’t lived close to the sea much, so I don’t often shoot seascapes. It was a new experience and it wasn’t easy. You have to deal with a lot of empty space, which is different from shooting cityscapes or classic landscapes.
At first, I was going for black and white images, but shot a lot around sunset and the colors were too beautiful not too keep them. The evening tones and the water reflections make a powerful image.
So what did I learn? You need CLOUDS! If you already have water as an empty space, your sky needs to have some interesting features. A storm is the perfect setting but beautiful clouds with sunset colors can work too.
Your foreground is key. It will stand out because it will be very sharp compared to the water, so you need something interesting.
It helps a lot if you are in location where you can include a large chunk of the coast or an island. Your image will look a lot less empty.