Beach Photography, can this be classed the same or similar to Street Photography or is there less skill needed to accomplish this.? Ok so one difference is everyones wobbly bits on show. The challenge “See if you can shoot people in a real way without them knowing” The challenge was accepted
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”A” size=”large” border=”border” border_color_class=”otw-silver-border”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]A challenge by my peers, colleagues or friends is sometimes exciting and although this particular challenge was not too daunting, it still left me thinking firstly can I really be that bothered about it and secondly is it worthwhile and interesting enough. My thoughts were getting the better off me and in a way. After all I was on a well earned holiday in Fuerteventura with my family and so much needed down time.
If I do think I need to do any work on vacation I tend to give it a few days in the sun and settle down into the swing of relaxation firstly before even attempting remotely related to work! I had taken a look and I had my trusty Sony RX100 mark2 which was small enough and powerful enough to get the images.
My intended technique was shoot fully auto and place the camera near to my hip. With my index finger on the shutter release walked up and down the beach for the first attempt to see if it was possible.
Of course in a street there are many ways to disguise yourself where as here in shorts and nothing else its was more tricky.
“I walked the beach for a few afternoons and soon realised that there were many strange activities on the beach and the further away from the hotel along the beach the more strange they became. I walked the beach a few hours a day noting activities and working out the ebb and flow of people and how they got through their day n the beach”
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”E” size=”large” border=”border” border_color_class=”otw-silver-border”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]The more I walked up and down the beach, I felt people who were lying down almost became familiar with me and therefore less threatened. I held the camera as though it was not in use and a loose grip to the camera seemed to allow it’s appearance as not in use! It could be classed as more voyeuristic than street photography maybe as everyone is scantily dressed. As for walking up and down the beach holding the camera and shooting from the hip, I think it proves the point that small camera and low support equals confidence.
The shots below were taken over a few days at a similar time after lunch and pretty much like the results. I processed my images in Lightroom and added a few grades and presets to get the feel I like which is slightly hyper realistic with saturation down. Hope you like them. These images have been hidden as I was a little nervous about showing work unrelated to my normal fashion and advertising work for clients.