I am endlessly fascinated by the ephemeral textures and shapes that the tide creates in the sand (what sand there is left on our beaches at the moment after the winter storms that is!). The transient nature of nature’s artworks and sculptures only achieves any form of permanence by our recording of it. Most shots I take of shapes and textures in the sand remain in my catalogue for my interest only but occasionally I capture one that I want to share.
This one dimly reminds me of the logo of some organisation that I have seen somewhere; it could be something to do with the UN, with sports, or something to do with religion. I mention the latter because what immediately jumps into my mind when looking at it is an angel, ghost or spirit in flight.
It certainly helps when the late afternoon winter sun comes in at an angle, bathing the sand in a glorious golden light, and enhancing the micro textures of the sand by producing minuscule shadows for every grain.
Sandymouth, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 12-40 mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 12mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100s
When dealing with highly textured images I generally reach for black and white conversion software because it generally contains the most powerful tools for enhancing detail and micro contrast. My weapon of choice is generally Silver Efex Pro but on this occasion I used Alien Skin Exposure with a film plate conversion to a high contrast Daguerrotype; this provided exactly the texture I was looking for. After that I just needed to use a few curves and gradients to even up the levels across the image.