I was afraid that I’d posted too many seaglass abstracts but, on looking back through the blog’s media gallery, I can see that I haven’t featured as many as I thought.
I like that the many colours of the ocean, in any of its moods, are reflected in the smooth and tumbled glass fragments we find on the beaches and I can use my blurring and camera movements to imitate the differing combinations of light, colour and motion found in the sea as it meets the shore.
Each picture taking session is unique. At home I have a collection of seaglass, collected over time and sorted into jars of the different shades we commonly find it in. Many different intensities and shades of greens, blues, whites etc.
I put a random mix of it, a few layers deep, in a shallow glass bowl on my office windowsill. Then I normally give it a stir about until I can see a combination I like.
Next I fit a Macro lens on my camera, fit a ND light reducing filter to it and then set a low ISO. Then it’s a question of taking the pictures, commonly at around a 1/4 second shutter speed and moving the camera as the shutter is fired.
The glass itself has varying levels of translucency and the highlights picked out on its pitted surfaces or contours record as the thin white lines, showing off the movements that I have made during the exposure. Of course, there is no chance of there being anything in focus – although I have tried slightly faster speeds to do so but it ends up showing too much reality for my taste.
The pictures below are in gallery format so that clicking one allows you to cycle through them in much larger form.