Going Coastal

If there is one type of photo that viewers seem to respond to more than others, it is an image of the coast. Here Ian Plant shares some advice on things to be aware of while photographing coastlines

There is something magical about shorelines, where land, water, and sky meet in an uneasy truce – they seem to invariably trigger an emotional response when captured in a photograph. Coastal environments are dynamic and ever-changing, meaning that although conditions can be challenging and unpredictable, opportunities for unique images abound.

When shooting coasts, it is imperative to know the tides. This is the single most important ‘pre-planning’ strategy you can employ. You will soon learn that tides are everything – photographically speaking, that is. High tides might obscure details that are un-photogenic, whereas low tides can reveal interesting features that bring your coastal images to life. For some scenes, high tide is best; for others, low tide will give you optimum photo opportunities; and sometimes, somewhere in between works best. Knowing the tides, combined with scouting and a willingness to return to a location during different tides to see the results, is critical to …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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