Photo Tip “Capturing Images at the Beach“ (Image Example 1)

The topic “Capturing images at the beach” is inexhaustible. Below are a few example images from the subject area of “sport and movement at the beach”. They can serve as an inspirational basis when it comes to finding image subjects. The images also provide an overview of various view scales.  

For capturing images of sport, it is important to choose a suitable mode of focus. Even modern cameras are not always able to determine which part of image is important to you and which area you wish to focus on. In the following example, only the middle focal area was used. In order not to focus on the water, the middle focal area was focused was on the boy, followed by the shutter release being depressed until the right moment arrived and at the same time the correct image section was chosen. 

Boy with a ball – Mallorca 2005

Boy with a ball – Mallorca 2005


The sun lying low in the sky; the reflection of the sun against the backlighting. In this image, the sun is barely cut of it. In these lighting conditions, unwanted reflections (lens flare) can easily emerge and/or it can result in a reduction in contrast due to the slanted angle of the light hitting the front lens. In order to decrease this, a lens hood can be implemented. Alternatively, you can shade the front lens with your hand or use an object to shade it (be careful when using the depth of field preview button and make sure that no part of images is covered by the object shading the lens). Pay attention to the different impact that subjects moving towards the image have if the object moves into the middle of image or to the edge of the image. Imagine the surfer were on the edge of the image, moving in the same direction. 

Surfer in backlighting - Maremma 2007

Surfer in backlighting - Maremma 2007


Water sports are popular image subjects. To capture them, a high performance telephoto lens is often recommendable. In this case a 400mm lens (1.6 crop factor equals a 35mm equivalent focal length of 640mm) combined with a tripod was used. Additionally, the optical image stabiliser was activated.

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007


Fast shutter speeds ensure that motion is “frozen” in the image. On sunny days it is relatively simple to achieve these fast shutter speeds (example image - exposure: 1/640 sec; diaphragm: 1/8; ISO rate: 100).

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007


If distance is changed rapidly, the al servo autofocus in burst mode can be helpful. Due to the short exposure period, colours are reduced to and displayed as monochrome. As in the previous example image, fast shutter speeds are responsible for capturing and freezing the motion (example image – exposure: 1/1000 sec; diaphragm: 1/11; ISO rate: 100).

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007

Kitesurfer - Maremma 2007


For short distances, a flash device can also freeze motion. In this example image, not only is the fast shutter speed but also the use of a flash of device responsible for freezing the motion (example image – exposure: 1/6 sec; diaphragm: 1/7.1; ISO rate: 1600). Despite the long exposure periods, the flash’s performance captures the motion. The Aperture Priority Auto Exposure mode was used combined with a slow shutter synchronisation. The background would be much darker, probably black, in a flash image captured in standard mode due to shorter exposure periods.

Fisherman – Cuba 2008

Fisherman – Cuba 2008
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