A day at the seaside

West Wittering beach near Chichester is a great beach to visit when the tide is out. There are channels that cut across the beach so that the middle-ground often contains water and adds to the interest and drama when shooting towards the light.

Converting this image to B&W was a no-brainer. Silhouettes always work well in B&W. But the initial conversion didn’t really have a ‘bright’ background. Lightening the lighter tones has created a high-key effect which I think works well.

What time of year do you think this was taken? The clue perhaps is in the Mother’s right arm. Her hand has disappeared up the sleeve of her coat – she’s trying to keep it warm. It was actually shot in March. There was a stiff breeze and the air was chilly. The absence of a hand is a bit disconcerting. One of these days I will find a suitable hand in another image that can be transplanted to correct that fault. Once you spot something wrong in an image, you eye keeps being drawn back to it – and that’s a fact of life!

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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12 Responses to A day at the seaside

  1. If the woman had been holding a large mug of coffee, the silhouette would have been similar. I didn’t think of her hand as missing, if that’s any consolation. Nice photograph. The horizontal stripes are quite nice.

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  2. Vicki says:

    Lovely silhouette and, like Linda, I don’t see a hand missing at all. In fact no more than the man’s 2 hands. To transplant a hand into this image would, to me, be like losing the integrity of the image.

    Perhaps we all see ‘errors’ in our images, but it’s the composition as a whole which works so well at low tide.

    (BTW I have a series of similar images taken at low tide looking into the sun, but mine are taken from further away from the figures. I love this series of mine. Interestingly enough, I’ve never seen the same light conditions at low tide before, or since, taking my series. I live much further away from the beach now and don’t have a car so can’t go back and try for some more. My series were made in Winter).

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    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Vicki. Thanks for your comments and thoughts. I have had the same experience that you outline in your last paragraph: you go back to a place to take further set of images, inspired by a previous visit, and the overall scene and the light is never quite the same again.

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  3. Sue says:

    Love this, and the ‘cheat’ of lightening those light tones….now I’m off to practice!!

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  4. Meanderer says:

    The body positions of the people really add interest – the man’s legs in particular draw the eye. In light of your comments about the time of year and the chill, I feel for the child who seems to have a very lightweight top on and no gloves 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I looked and looked and couldn’t find a ‘missing’ hand. I finally figured out what you meant. I thought she was holding a cup of coffee. The thought of adding a hand feels a little wrong to me. Of course, I’ve photographed so many butterflies with tattered wings and katydids with missing legs, a missing hand wouldn’t be especially remarkable!

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  6. seekraz says:

    A perfect silhouette shot, Andy…even without the hand. 😉

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