Trying new things

Beach, water, air

As a photographer, it is always important to try new things. By experimenting with new techniques you keep on developing yourself, setting new boundaries, opening new possibilities. This makes you a better photographer.

This weekend I was on Schiermonnikoog, a small island in the north of the Netherlands. When I was walking along the beach, I remembered an article I read in Outdoor Photography. There a photographer showed some pictures of seascapes that were taken with a relatively long shutter speed while panning the camera from left to right (or reverse of course). This way you reduce the picture to different bands of colours. I decided to give it a try. I put my camera on a tripod, decided on a shutter speed of 2 seconds and panned while taking the picture. I tried different settings, longer shutter speeds, shorter ones, slow panning, fast panning. This is more or less the picture I had in mind, though there is lots of room for improvement.

What do you think of a picture of this? Like it, or not? Room for improvement? Please let me know!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


  • a very curious image! At first I was a bit wary of it but as I looked at it longer I started to really enjoy it! Certainly a bit different but I think a really beautiful picture! The colors and textures in it are so interesting and add such an amazing feel to the picture! Great work! Look forward to seeing more of your work!


    • Thanks a lot for the feedback. I also had to get used to the image at first. I’ll definitely keep on experimenting with this technique when I’m back at the sea.


  • There is something very soothing about that color palette. There is a kind of fusion of photography and a certain style of abstract painting that I like a lot.


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