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Giclee Inkjet on 310GSM Cotton Rag Paper

DESCRIPTION

On the walk along the shoreline I noticed clumps of kelp had been washed in with the tide. 

I am attracted by the timeless and ever changing place where the sea washes across the edge of land. On this occasion, the kelp offered another element - an offering from the sea.

 At first I opened the shutter for about 5 minutes but found the incoming tide was advancing too fast and kept washing the kelp out of the frame.

 I reduced the time to around 2 minutes and chose the clumps furtherest from the incoming waves - but still in danger of being moved by the sea because I wanted to show the blur of the water. 

It took a few attempts but eventually I made three pictures where the waves came close enough to wash over the sand in the background but not so close as to move the subject during the exposure.

The movement you can see on the edges of the kelp is due to the strong nor'easter blowing that afternoon - one more player in the complexity and beauty of the shoreline.

TAGS

Kelp, shoreline, beach, Newcastle, Australia, seaweed, Lake Macquarie, long exposure, Black and White