This last week I had a great trip down to the coast with a great photography friend. We decided to go and take some photos on the various back beaches at Sorrento. We did more of the car boot photography, which means driving to the beach, just taking the camera with us, or what we thought we might need and leaving the rest in the car. I like photographing this way, that way your back isn’t burdened with all your gear, and let’s face it my back doesn’t need that.
At the first stop we took some photos from the look out at the top and then we went down to the beach. The tide was coming in and we couldn’t get too close to the water. We could see the scene in the above photo, and lots of white fluffy waves were coming in, right up the beach, but just as we noticed it, the battery in my camera died. I had another one with me, but it was in the car, so my friend got all the photos and I watched her taking them. I might need to take a little bag with me that has things like spare batteries, lens cleaners, that sort of thing in it.
This was another part of the beach. I have made a lot of the beach images and waves into monochrome images. I wanted to see how they would turn out. I have seen some fantastic black and white beach shots and I would like to get better at doing them.
We decided that we really liked this space and that if we were going to take some night shots we would come back here. We went into Sorrento and went to the Continental Hotel there for dinner. The staff were nice, but I don’t know why every time I’ve been there we get put into the bit on the side or the front, but right near the front door. We’re usually the only ones in there like there is something wrong with us. It is not very nice. Then there is another section, that is warmer, and lots more people are there, but we don’t get to sit in there. Maybe they can tell the strangers to the area and that is what they do to them. I’m not sure I will go back there. The menu is pretty limited, and if you are a vegetarian you get one choice and that’s it, so if you don’t like pasta or tomato, then don’t eat there.
Then after our dinner we headed down to the beach again. We had hoped the moon would rise and since it had only been a full moon a couple of days beforehand, well we thought it would still be bright enough to get some night moonlight beaches. The moon didn’t rise and I forget to look to see what time it would, so we had to do what we could with available light. I love shots like these. I might have to work on them some more, though if the moon had risen it might have been nicer.
I set my camera up to do some star trails and just let it go taking all the shots I wanted for that. While it was doing that I helped my friend set up her camera to photograph the milky way. The expression on her face the first time she did it was fantastic, I imagine much like mine was the first time. She was really happy to just keep trying things while my camera did it’s thing and took lots and lots of shots. My camera went on for an hour and when I got home I tried stacking the photos, and it worked, sort of, but I had trouble. I did a post on it yesterday on my other blog so if you would like to see what I did, here is the link, Trying Things for the First Time.
I have a few more images for you, and will put them into a gallery for you. It was a great afternoon, no wind and while it did get very cold that evening, we didn’t notice, well until we were going to the car, then we were freezing. It turned out to be a very cold evening, with frosts. I love how I don’t feel cold when I am taking photos. Enjoy your weekend.