On Saturday, my nature photography class took a trip to Presque Isle in Erie, PA. This was my first time ever being to Lake Erie so I was excited about having a fresh place to photograph. Before going out to shoot, we visited the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to hear our instructor Chris give a presentation on his PA state park project. I think that hearing the presentation and seeing Chris’s photos gave everyone the inspiration we needed for our first day of shooting nature photography.
This was my first experience shooting on a beach in the winter. It was strange and interesting. I liked the contrast of snow and sand intermingled. It was a grey, cloudy day. All the colors were muted and it provided a very different look at a beach environment than what you get on a sunny summer day.
After a failed attempt to ford a flooded trail into the wooded area, I ended up sticking to the beach for most of the day. I found myself most interested in photographing the stones and shells along the beach. Once you got down to the same level as them, they reflected light in a really cool way. I also took several photos of the texture of the sand, experimenting with different depths of field.
I’ve always loved photographing water, but most of my experiences have been with rivers. I haven’t had many opportunities to photograph lakes. The wind on Saturday caused a lot of waves in the water, which made the lake even more interesting to photograph. I liked the way the waves formed lines that cut the beach into layers. There was a layer of snow, then sand, then water and then in some places a line of rocks which created a cool visual effect.