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Papakolea BeachThis amazing beach in Big Island, Hawaii has extraordinary hues along the coastline courtesy of a common mineral component in Hawaii’s lavas called Olivine. As magma cools, it forms Olivine crystals also known locally as Hawaiian Diamond. This is what causes the green coloration of the beach sand, and ultimately this exceptional example of ocean and beach photography.
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A Twilight SeascapeTaken in Coll, Scotland, this photo encapsulates the spectacular movement of the ocean as it enwraps a small portion of an islet in its path. A powerful depiction of how mysterious the ocean can be at times, especially with clever augmentation. This shot was exposed for a few seconds with a D90, coupled with an ND4 filter and CPL (as stated by photographer).
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Hanauma BayThe signature curvature of the Hanauma Bay beach in Hawaii usually provides protection from large waves, and is generally quite calm all day through. This gives divers and snorkelers the opportunity to view a diverse population of marine life and an extensive, rich coral reef. The bay floor is the remains of an ancient volcano crater that flooded due to the collapse of the exterior walls.
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Volcanic Ocean Breach
This incredible photo depicts the result of lava delta collapsing to cause frequent, hot rock-falls inland and in the adjacent ocean, to produce large, local waves. The hot lava that enters the ocean creates the thick steam plume over the shoreline, as seen here to really animate this amazing shot.
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Paia Shoreline Beach
This photo was taken in Paia, Hawaii along a rocky shore, and displays a great combination of blue and aqua colors with glimpses of small surface waves in the distance. Using a slower shutter speed, this photo captures the natural characteristics of the waves rushing up to the rocky shoreline. A great shot, considering it was taken under low-lit conditions.
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With the right angling and distancing, this photo captures terrific detailing of the rocky islets in this beach in Los Angeles, California. The blurring effect of the movement of the water demonstrated here can be obtained by extending the shutter speed somewhere between one to two seconds.
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Sea Blue Waterscape
Here is a remarkable panorama of an expansive ocean meeting up with a unique rock formation and highland mass. The stillness of the water highlights the rich blue color of the seascape, which makes this image a spectacular addition to this photo gallery of ocean and beach photography.
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This little get-away spot in Limenaria, Anatoliki Makedonia, Greece has dynamic clear, blue waters and a terrific shallow shoreline that's quite visible from beneath. Getting such a terrific shot, with this much clarity of the overall scenery, can be credited to great weather -- a brilliant sunny day.
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Għajn Tuffieħa Bay
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is on the north west coast of Malta which is located southeast of Sicily and Italy. The bay floor synchronizes to reflect perfect turquoise water, which blends into a darker expanse of the ocean. The still waters allow you to see the terrific hues in this Bay Shore, thus providing a gorgeous milieu for this photo.
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This mysterious display of the ocean under the Felixstowe Pier in this photo was obtained by extending the exposure and converting it to high dynamic range (HDR). Although, being in control of how this picture is taken, and the time of evening, has a lot to do with this eerie display.
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This peaceful seascape has manmade landscaping to its surroundings but is nothing short of a delightful rest stop for individuals visiting the Boston Harbor. This shot incorporates an expansive panoramic display to show more than the typical border of standard photos. This type of scenery is perfect to utilize the 'sweep panorama' function of your digital camera.
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Beautiful Ocean Sunset
This photo captures the evening hues of auburn and gold accents reflecting off the ocean at dusk. The location and illumination from the sun creates shadowy clouds and a blend of these colors masking a grayish looking sky. This is a basic shot; there were no enhancements or tweaking -- truly majestic.
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The Sea at Dusk
Getting a photo as dynamic as this takes a bit of computer generated tweaking and an intelligent camera under the right adjustments. However, the inviting nature of this photo is compliments of the way this magnificent water crashes along a rock-strewn banking under a cloudy, grey sky at sundown.
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Just approaching sundown under a gloomy sky can create stunning tones of deep blue and purplish color effects on the sea and even the sky, as seen in this photo here at Maxwell Point, Oregon. With giant boulders in its path, the water makes contact along the edges of these objects and develops into fizz to add some contrast to this mystical looking waterscape.
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A single crashing wave rolls atop shallow water to give this breathtaking view of the beach. This is an easy shot where camera adjustments are concerned; it is just a matter of being in the right place and at the right time. Although using a fast shutter speed will freeze the action of the splashing formed by the crashing wave to show the disposition of the water, which is really what livens up this shot.
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Hope you enjoyed our image gallery of ocean and beach photography. Some of these photos were taken by inspired amateurs as well as more experienced professionals. Critiquing aside, however, one has to admit these are some terrific shots of the ocean and only a family of photographers from different walks of life could come together to bring the sea alive.
- Hanauma Bay Nature Park, http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/hanauma_bay_beach.html