Photographing the low tide at Second Beach on the Olympic Peninsula, on the West Coast of the USA is an endlessly fascinating experience. Trevor Anderson shares the details of this photo shooting
I am standing on Second Beach as the clouds begin to part, revealing golden sunshine that illuminates the sides of the sea stacks. A light breeze creates ripples through the tide pools that swirl around the reflected golden light. I dart around with a child-like curiosity looking for new shapes and patterns that the tide has left behind. As if I am solving some sort of puzzle, I look for fragments of the sand and tide pools that will perfectly juxtapose the robust monoliths in the background. I always greet low tides with a good deal of anticipation, because I never know exactly what to expect from them. I may end up with the subject matter I was hoping for, but its arrangement will be completely unexpected. These reasons make photographing low tides endlessly fascinating.
With low tides, what I often try to look for is a graceful form to balance out the foreground. Often I am working with a more rugged backdrop – typically a triangular sea stack. To balance out the sharper lines of the sea stack, I…
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