I love getting close to the water, whether that’s a pond, river, or the ocean. Getting closer to the water can offer a more interesting – maybe even unique – perspective for composition, but here in Maine there’s one problem… even in the summer it’s pretty darned cold!
I’ve read online about landscape photographers wearing wetsuits or hip-high waders as they get close to – or into – the water to get their shot. I’m not quite ready to go that far, but I do sometimes want to get a little closer to a breaking wave, or place my tripod in the middle of a fast-moving stream without then having to deal with wet feet for the rest of the day.
With this in mind, I recently invested $20 in a pair of wellies from Walmart. In the photograph above, I was able to position myself comfortably in the edge of the surf at Sand Beach as several waves washed in and around where I was standing. I was hoping to capture some movement in the water, so I waited for the waves to pull back out before pressing the shutter. With perfectly dry feet, I spent a glorious morning on what is my favorite beach… much closer to the water than I would normally.
After Sand Beach, I wandered over to the Jordan Pond Stream to see just how high the water was running. We had a ton of rain these past few days, and I figured that the flow in the stream would be pretty high… and it was. Me and my new wellies… this is about as close to the front of the camera you are ever likely to find me 🙂