The sea along the west coast of South Africa is very dangerous when storms driven by the north east winds occur. Certain parts of the coastline are more dangerous than others and in many areas you will find a lighthouse guarding the coastline. In between Cape Town and Shelley Point a distance of about a hundred and fifty kilometres you will find no fewer than eight lighthouses situated at various points along the coastline. Shelley Point is the most northerly lighthouse and fortunately does not have a history of shipwrecks on its doorstep. That is not to say that ships have not run aground in the area.
I took a series of shots at Shelley Point on an overcast and very windy day, even standing up was a challenge and there was little time to shoot off some frames without my lens being spattered by sea spume. In this shot you can see that the spume is being blown in across the sand.
According to Wikipedia sea spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter (including proteins, lignins, and lipids) derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. These compounds can act as surfactants or foaming agents. As the seawater is churned by breaking waves in the surf zone adjacent to the shore, the presence of these surfactants under these turbulent conditions traps air, forming persistent bubbles that stick to each other through surface tension. Due to its low density and persistence, foam can be blown by strong on-shore winds from the beach face inland.
I attach a WS shot which shows the 1920’s built Shelley Point light house under dull skies.
Here is a larger version
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jemaflor (88727) 2013-11-09 23:57
Original effect, well taken with an interesting FG, perfect sharpness and exposure, great dynamic result with wind.
jjcordier (78388) 2013-11-10 0:02
Cette "mousse" ne donne pas vraiment envie de se baigner là mais l'effet visuel est étonnant et intéressant.
PaulVDV (24189) 2013-11-10 0:13
Looking at the picture I can imagine that you were splashed completely by the sea spume at that time.
I have to confess that I find this sea spume here looking like a weird stuff.
But you've captured it in a wonderful and sharp way, in a nice contrast with the reddish rock on the foreground and the darker rocks in the water.
Best regards, Paul
papagolf21 (89700) 2013-11-10 0:42
Encore une image qui fait rêver par sa beauté et sa présentation.
Les mots sont inutiles, il suffit d'admirer et d'apprécier ce pur moment de bonheur.
carlo62 (37938) 2013-11-10 1:07
la qualità delle tue foto è sempre eccellente e lo dimostri anche in queste foto.
Personalmente preferisco la foto del ws, mi piace la composizione molto più ampia e la collocazione dei vari soggetti.
lousat (81566) 2013-11-10 1:37
Hi Rosemary,the choice of point of view make the difference,realy beautiful this perspective to show us in the best way the soft carpet create by the sea spume,really magnificent the spectacle in background too,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
rigoletto (34269) 2013-11-10 1:46
hi rosemary. ewww, looks like the sea had a lot of alcohol last night, puking it out early in the morning. and they say venus was born into the foams of sea :)) strange, your composition makes it look wider than 16 mm.s. i like the dramatic sky too.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-10 2:04
in questa hai superato te stessa!
Con una felicissima intuizione hai catturato un effetto scenico di grandissimo effetto che rende la foto fantastica.
Una foto già bella di per sè per il bel contrasto tra il colore delle rocce e il colore del mare che quasi sembra fondersi con il cielo si è arricchito del particolare della spuma che hai cristallizzato nel suo movimento creando un oggetto che distoglie l'attenzione dagli altri elementi per attirarla su di sè, diventando essa stessa la vera protagonista della foto.
Ciao e buona domenica
snunney (88924) 2013-11-10 3:01
As JJ says this spume does not offer an invitation to bathe and perhaps that's just as well given the adverse weather conditions:-) It does however make for an interesting photographic subject, particularly when seen in the large version where the detail is quite amazing. A well exposed composition with excellent light and colours.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-10 3:07
nature's foam party :-). A fascinating shot of what is something that looks just amazing. We had some on the beaches here in the big storm a few weeks ago but it did not look as beautiful as this does, but then the southern English coastline cannot compete with those in South Africa. Wonderful!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
dekanski (4045) 2013-11-10 4:54
Nice Rosemary, as usual. Note the very interesting.
Sergiom (66129) 2013-11-10 5:11
Assez bizarre comme texture. On dirait du savon qui sortirait de la machine à laver. Le point de vue très bas est bien choisi et donne de la profondeur à la composition. Le ciel apporte un peu de drame à l'ensemble.
marabu61 (9383) 2013-11-10 5:40
I was wondering for a long time what caused this kind of foam that one can see from time to time in various parts of the world. I always associated it with pollution but your superb explanations puts my mind a bit at ease.
The spume looks oddly attractive in its own way, like some creepy crawlies crawling out of the sea.
have a great sunday
Nicou (128776) 2013-11-10 6:04
quelle mousse blanche c'est impressionnant cet effet sueprbe vue avec la rohce brune la vue en fond c'est sueprbe.
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2013-11-10 7:38
It almost look as if a can of expanding foam has exploded :) Love the texture you have captured in this, and the depth you created by composing it like this. the red rock and spume in the foreground, and then leading off into the sea looks superb, and has a great sense of crashing motion.
Thanks as always
holmertz (44342) 2013-11-10 8:00
Honestly, this is a rather unpleasant photo :-). More precisely it's a fine shot, well composed, with beautiful subdued colours, but the yellowish spume looks quite nasty and the sea looks dangerous. The note is extremely interesting and just as important as the photo. The workshop would have made a great regular upload. It may be a more conventional composition but it' a very attractive picture with fantstic colours.
rbassin (19603) 2013-11-10 8:44
Belle étendue d'écume et d'eau, laissant apparaitre une belle palette de couleurs.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-10 9:26
the foam looks quite "original".Maybe not especially inviting for swimming,but for the photo it makes really intriguing and eye-catching focal point of your composition.
But I like also the "spectacle" in the BG.The rough sea and cloudy sky create the mood of the scene and additionally contrast so well to these rocks and the the foam in the FG.
Have a nice evening
danos (89851) 2013-11-10 10:26
nice the seascape view of Shelley point,with the 'foam' to cover the most of the foreground beach.I like the excellent light and colour management as the beauty of the place.
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-10 11:23
it is a very dramatic effect! I love your POV.
looks like somebody tried to use an insulation material and job went bad. Puking mimesis was not bad either:)
have a great week
delpeoples (54603) 2013-11-11 2:33
Your poor lens and camera - and poor you! Your photo really illustrates the strength of the wind and the movement of the sea foam. The droplets of sea foam also provide a wonderful sense of graphism and movement. Your control of the shutter speed was spot-on here and of course you've retained the wonderful rich colours of that dark threatening sky so well. Top job, I love it.
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-11 14:00
Nice shot of this foam that has been whipped up by the sea giving a nice visual effect and colour contrast against the red rocks on the beach. Looking at this it kind of reminds me of the froth you get on a pint of Guinness .
dkmurphys (52131) 2013-11-11 22:21
Splendid detail from the sea side. I like the natural textures and the dynamic of the water. Well seen, have a great day ahead.
ChrisJ (103487) 2013-11-12 10:39
We sometimes get spume like this during and after a storm or cyclone out to sea off the coast from Australia. Good low shooting angle with excellent sharpness and superb colour and saturation. I like the frozen movement of the water and the slight motion blur. Tfs!
Angshu (56462) 2013-11-20 23:07
'Sea Spume'...indeed I am hearing this term for the first time..does look like spaltters of detergent soap foam or beer froth, but is indeed quite unique. I have definitely learnt (& seen) something new today!
Looking at this picture & also the one of the tram in Dublin (liked that a lot...will comment in due course), both appears to be taken with a vety wide lens, but when I see exif, not so. I liked the wide effect in both these pictures & hence thought I mention it