Photography Tips #8: Golden Landscapes


Gold Beach stretches along the Normandy coast line, famously harbouring Port Winston in the Second World War and also of course being a British Landing Beach for D-Day. I love these beaches not just because of their incredible history, but also of their eerie stillness, flatness and their failure to not shine golden in the sun, all year round.

In these series of photos I was focusing on using a 16×9 ratio instead of the traditional as shot crop to emphasise the colour bands of sun, sand, sea, hills and town. Fortune seems to shine upon me like the sun when I visit this particular beach giving me the beautiful light for my landscapes. The beach’s remains of the mulberry temporary harbour gives a brutalistic shipwreck to the traditionally french coastline, scattering the sea and the beaches with the memory of the conflict 70 years ago.


As all landscape photography I usually pump up my aperture to a minimum of f/8.0 and try and keep my ISO shut down to 100 and adjusting the shutter to around 1/250 or higher. The above shot is set at f/9.0, ISO 100 and shutter of 1/400.


f/11.0 ISO 100 shutter 1/400

With using the 16×9 ratio, it gives a cinema effect of the film or that of a postcard you may receive from an aunt or uncle on their travels. As I personally read a photo from left to right it also gives the effect that the photo is bigger than it is and in essence, more intense.

I can’t wait to see what this area has to offer in the oncoming wintery months and if I’ll get the luck of seeing snow on the beach.

As always, thanks for reading and have another fantastic day and night!

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