In Part 1, I talked about three images I took while on the Yorkshire Coast yesterday. I have two more to show you now.
This image was taken above Cayton Bay, looking down from the cliffs. The horizon is obscured by mist, making the sea disappear into the sky. The bay curves through the frame, leading the viewer into horizon. The end of the bay cuts into the gradient background of the sea and sky, providing a solid form in an otherwise vague scene.
This second image is another vertical one, and I like the way that the format of this image shows the sea stretching out into the distance. Aside from the rocks in the foreground, the image is nothing but two grey rectangles, reminiscent of one of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes. The composition is almost empty, and I feel that this helps to show the expanse of the sea.
As I mentioned in Part 1, part of the wonder of the sea, for me and for many others, is the mystery it provides. I feel that these images help show that, and I’m glad I managed to get so much out of a day that many would have considered dull and uninteresting. If you’re a photographer like me, especially a landscape photographer, don’t stop looking for opportunities like this. The days with perfect light and beautiful scenery are the easy ones. It’s the days like these that really test you.