Ocean photography, seascape and wavescape images of the ocean and photos of the sea
What is a wavescape or seascape? It is a view or painting of the sea. The ocean has always been a massive interest of mine, not surprising really being a surfer. Surfers have all at some stage or another spent hours staring at the sea watching the waves. Being a keen photographer, I have tried to capture the mood of the sea. Not the easiest thing in the world to do! Ocean photography is very popular these days especially with many exotic locations becoming more accessible. This combined with the advances in technology has led to the bar being raised in ocean photography.
Ocean images need to be able to capture the essence of the sea they need to be able to show its beauty and power. This is easier said than done in the UK, but if you take a look at some of the photos of Teahupo, they really do show beauty and absolute raw power. One of the most powerful and intimidating waves in the world is simply a dream for most surfers. It is one of the only waves in the world that breaks below sea level, over a razor sharp live coral reef! A wipe-out here means blood. Teahupo loosely translated means ‘crushed skulls’ this gives you some idea of what the local Tahitian people think about it!
Taking photos of the sea in England as mentioned before evolves poor light brown sea and of coarse rain! A far cry from the perfect waves of the Pacific. When taking images of the ocean in England you need to be prepared to travel around a bit to find the shelter from the wind which constantly bombards our shores. Some of the ocean photography that I have captured encapsulates UK surfing. Traveling half way up the Bristol Channel and scoring waves in chewy brown water. Trekking for hours along the cliff tops of Hartland trying to find access to a secluded cove.
Wavescapesseascapes in the UK can be particularly dramatic when taken in winter. The powerful storms which rip out of the Atlantic can make amazing ocean images as they produce huge waves which slam into the coast. Extreme Boardshots have had their photographers traveling up and down the coast chasing these storms and seeking shelter from them for quite some time now. They have collected thousands of photos of the sea in all its states. From classic small clean summer swells to massive winter storms. Croyde beach, a favourite place for one particular photographer, has produced waves of epic proportion. Extreme Boardshots has been there to capture all the action from local surfers as well of capturing stunning ocean images that really do show you what surfing in the UK is like.