Sahsima Storm II
Sunday we had a major storm blowing for much of the day. On Harling Point, the neighbour’s weather station recorded gusts of 88 km/hour during the time I went out to take photos. A few days ago I posted some monochrome shots of Sahsima or Harpoon Rock found on the beach in front of the Chinese Cemetery. I mentioned it had many different personalities, depending on the weather. Here I show another sharply contrasting one, with 2 and perhaps even occasionally 3m waves breaking on the rock shelf that surrounds Sahsima.
I was glad for the Rainsleeve today. It was not raining, but the air was soaking with spray. There was so much spray that it interfered with taking pictures as it made everything seem foggy, even on quite short exposures. Also, there were limited vantage points because I had to get low to the ground and preferably in the lee of a bush or a bedrock outcrop so that the camera was disturbed less while on the tripod. Even then I had to push a leg of the tripod into the ground during the exposure to steady it. And, I pretty much had to point the camera down wind, or nearly so, to keep the lens filter free of spray long enough.
So, here are a couple of the shots. I expect I will show some more. Though there was a very high failure rate for images as the filter was coated in spray quickly, the camera moved on the tripod, the Rainsleeve interfered with infinity focus, and calculating exposures in these conditions is tricky, especially with the plastic of the sleeve over the screen reducing visibility, compounded by having to keep my glasses in my pocket after they were blown off my face (along with my touque). Pretty exhilarating day to be out. When I got home I had to right my son’s 750cc motorcycle which had been blown off its kick stand and onto it’s side.
Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, Cameron fader ND filter set at about 6 to 7 f-stops density, ISO 100, f22, 30 second exposures for both shots.