It’s sometimes the little details in a scene that really stand out. I’d been photographing big waves hitting the rocks looking North from Hartland Quay and was returning to the car to move on. Looking South from the bottom car park was difficult as it was into the sun and blinding glare was reflecting off the waves but I saw this great light in the gap between the jagged fins of rock that run out in a line (if you’ve been there you’ll know them).
Rather than dust or smoke or haze or high altitude water droplets the beams of light here are illuminated spray droplets.
This was shot during the tail end of the fourth big 2014 Atlantic storm though, to be honest, it was not that much different from a standard high tide at Hartland Quay. It’s always rough here.
Hartland Quay, Hartland, Devon, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Focal Length: 221mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800s
Given that the image was already black and white this was a fairly simple monochrome conversion in Silver Efex Pro. The brightness, contrast and structure sliders all had a little tweak and some split toning was applied.