...how can you make the sea state in the video/picture look as big in the picture as it did in person? Always looks smaller
Originally Posted by DeepFrz
To make the sea look like it is in real life shoot from inside the cabin
, out past the stern of the boat. Frame the sides with the edge of the hatch
. Keep the camera still and the movement of the boat will accentuate the sea state.
In the same way, mount the camera in the cockpit
and shoot over the bow of the boat, or to the sides. So long as you keep the camera pointing to the same spot on the boat (frame) the motion of the boat will show the real sea state.
A little practice will soon have you taking great shots of those stormy seas.
DeepFrz has a point. I will take it a little further.
. first question you should ask yourself is what am I framing. Seas
often pose major problems for composition because they are OPEN frames. i.e. when you frame a vast body of water
like a sea or an infinite stretch of sand in a desert, the human has a tendency to wander beyond the frame and believe
there is water/sand beyond it. there has to be some relief
to arrest the wandering eye to a particular part of your frame.
now the major problem is in the middle of atlantic crossing
how do you provide a relief object or a reference object. e.g. monstrous waves crashing on a lighthouse will make a superb picture of the character of the sea because your eye can judge with the reference of the lighthouse. in the middle of the sea you can photograph/videograph another boat/ship some distance away and prove or capture the fury of a gale.
without a relief or a reference those huge rolling waves pass by and the human eye and brain struggle to deduce the nature of the sea - just a swell or really bad sea.
Therefore you have no option but to shoot from within the vessel and that is toughest. you must take references
in the foreground, eg. bowsprit
, wire stays, portholes etc.
if the seas a are really rough you should use a very good wide angle lens 14mm for DSLRs.
Also, you can use a tighter lens e.g. frame the helmsman in a medium shot (belly - head) and the heaving seas behind will look high.
the character of a stormy seas are best accentuated with a contrasty look. I have yet to see a bright Hawaii
day wedding look to be used for storms. so contrast is the key. you can do that in post but try to achieve as much as possible in-camera.
shoot slow-motion. the movement of 20 feet high waves isnt the same as 5 ft high waves. Slow motion gives you that 'heaving' look - large, bulky volume of water
about to crash. You can try that in post too but unlike contrast this needs to be majorly done in-camera.
hope it helps. please do ask any more questions you have i will be happy to answer as I am between projects and have some free time
cheers and regards