How To Photograph Seascapes

Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what "the right settings" are to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look you’re going for. By using some examples of my own, I’ll explain how I shoot my seascapes.

25 Moods of an Ocean, As Seen by a Photographer at Eye Level

For the past 2 years, photographer Che Chorley has been working has been working on a seascape project. Each shot is captured with the surface of the sea at about eye level, and each mainly shows the ocean, horizon, and sky.

But different weather and times of day cause the photos to have drastically different appearances. Chorley has put together a set of 25 seascape photos showing 25 different "moods" the ocean showed him.

The Disorienting Beauty of Inverted Seascape Photos

Check out this photo of wispy clouds over a barren desert. It's actually a photo of a choppy waves hitting a beach... flipped upside down. New Jersey-based fine art photographer Michael Massaia's latest project is a series of these disorienting upside-down beach photos. The series is titled "The Pull: Inverted Seascapes."