Looking out at the ocean, we see a seemingly infinite series of waves transporting water from one place to the next. Though waves do cause the surface water to move, the idea that waves are travelling bodies of water is misleading. Waves are actually energy passing through the water, ocean waves are simply kinetic energy propagating through seawater. The water in waves doesn’t travel much at all, the only thing waves do transmit across the sea is energy.
Waves are one of the great forces of nature and photographing them is a joy and a challenge. In this workshop, we will consider the role of patterns in composition and learn how to use short shutter speeds to stop the motion of a wave. We will let the motion of the surf create our images for us. We will start with an orientation that will explain wave photography techniques and then head to the field for at least two magnificent locations to practice these new skills. Then we will head back to the classroom for a review of the photos and a few insider tips.