27 September 2013

Seaside bicycle ride

I'm starting a series of posts with nature photo trips backstages and descriptions. My blog just started to function recently, but the amount of material is huge and diverse, and I hope it would be useful and entertaining for you, dear readers.

Seaside bicycle ride.

I would want to start with this year's last summer days occasional morning bicycle trip to the seaside.
It usually takes about half an hour to reach the Baltic beach of the Gulf of Riga from my house, but the road is so boring when you ride it all the time. 

Nevermind, what morning we had very good and calm weather with nice clouds over the dark blue sky. So here comes the first stop - near the artificial lake, what was Daugava's riverbed a century ago, before the river changed its direction. This scene had beautiful reflection and polarizing filter made it's job here.

Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/30, handheld.

You can see from the next photo how green the water in lakes and other small basins can get in this time of year due to seasonal algae blooming.


Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/40, handheld.

And when I finally reached the seaside, the sky was very good, although it may look a little bit "stocky". 


Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/40, handheld.

Another sandy beach scene:

Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/50, handheld.

But for me seaside, especially where the river Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga is never a boring place, considering that the port entrance is also here. So ships can be seen from very close distance, which is exciting and reminds me my childhood age, when I used to dream of becoming a sailor or even a captain. :) 

During this trip I was hopping to get some photos of large and beautiful bulk carrier ship. And here it is:


Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/50, handheld.

 
Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/200, handheld.

On the second photo you can see the Mangalsal breakwater's part from which I make most of my ship shots. 

As I said before, the weather was so calm - what it was a real pleasure to make some more landscapes. Better to say, seascapes:


Nikon D600, nikkor 16-35mm f4, at f11, 1/40, handheld.

And some coast guard military and other ship photos for ending:



Nikon D600, nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, at f8, 1/250, handheld.


Nikon D600, nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, at f8, 1/500, handheld.

Nikon D600, nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, at f8, 1/640, handheld.

Thank you for your attention!

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