On Wednesday evenings I get about an hour to waste at the beach. Youngest offspring is at Police Youth Volunteers, and after I’ve dropped her off, I get to go and chill out at Aberavon Beach. At this time if year, I get to watch the sun go down. Mostly it’s blinding when you look the wrong way, but sunset at the beach is usually stunning.
As I wander along the tide line, the sun sets behind me, over Swansea and Mumbles. The steel works at Port Talbot are ahead, and the waves wash in. Gulls are still wheeling above, but starting to settle for the night. Some flying off to roost, others resting on the sand.
At the moment I am relying on the auto modes on my Nikon D3300, and usually find I get decent results using those. Sports mode for the gulls, and waves; and landscape for the longer shots. But, with the light levels changing as the sun sets, there are times the camera struggles. I think I need to learn more about the other settings and how to make it work for me.
This week I got some decent shots, and these few are my personal favourites. There were some other images where the shapes and textures were fabulous but the main subject was not quite focused. I find I am very picky over focus, and will reject any image that isn’t crisp enough.
There is something very special about watching a sunset at the beach, and I’ll keep working at capturing it.
Other beach galleries can be found in the galleries section.