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29-Dec-2013 AKMC

20131229_C291711 Seaweed, Sand, Surf and Southerlies (Sun 29 Dec)

Between Thirroul and Austinmer, Illawarra, NSW

I'm leaving a large gap in my gallery which I need to fill in. I'm posting a bunch of my (at the time almost-)PADs from October along with today's shot, and will deal with the rest later. November / December wasn't a period where the photo a day model was followed particularly well, but I do still have some to put up from that time.

But to today's shot. I seem to have developed a bit of psoriasis, which has spread to my legs. Psoriasis is one of the world's great idiopathic maladies, though stress is a known contributor.

How I love my job.

But anyway, salt water is supposed to alleviate the condition somewhat. Since I now live between 5 and 15 minutes' drive from any number of beaches, it would be remiss of me not to try it out. Also, a long walk for a few km in wet sand can hardly be bad for an excess of body weight due to some over-consumption of antioxidants derived from the cocoa bean. Mmmmm, chooooocolattteee...

So for the last few days I've sought out the longest stretch of continuous beach I could find (the Austinmer - Thirroul stretch has worked so far but I may see if I can find a longer one) and walked the beach. In the water, to ensure that the aforementioned psoriasis gets a saline blasting. While it's not the full body workout that actual swimming is, the combination of water resistance and yielding sand under one's feet makes it a tad more demanding than a stroll in the park.

As I was walking this morning, a strong southerly wind kicked in, whipping up the sand as you can (perhaps only vaguely) see here. The Olympus may not have been the camera to capture this with but the 40D is still hampered by only having the backup 28-135 lens which I don't find to be very good. Aside from which, the Olympus is much easier to keep above water on the occasions that Neptune decides to try to kill you by sending a large wave to make the water that was previously sloshing around your knees rise up to your armpits, as he likes to do on occasion just to amuse himself.

In any case, I spied the mini-sandstorm on the beach and emerged from the water, and got down low to try to capture the sandstorm at its own level using the line of seaweed to lead into it. (I figured that if I tried to shoot it standing up it would simply get lost amongst the background of the rest of the sand.) I'd be lying if I said that it came out as clearly as it was in real life, but you can still make it out based on the fuzziness over the dry part of the sand.

Hmm, and now my legs are itching again. Well, at least these walks have opened my eyes to enough potential PADs to keep me in business on non-working days for the rest of summer. Maybe a few more dips will do it.

Olympus E-P1 ,Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
1/1600s f/5.0 at 33.0mm iso200 full exif

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David Sands01-Jan-2014 13:43
well done. Salt and sand my help lose weight and push away the psoriasis but I think were always better of whenever ones soul is in tune to the rhythm of the ocean. (my opinion).
Don Mottershead01-Jan-2014 00:10
Nice low angle shot. Sorry to hear about your condition, but the salt-water treatment is certainly not the worst treatment out there - and it also provides photo opportunities.
Julie Oldfield30-Dec-2013 01:34
Beautiful POV and composition! V
RC29-Dec-2013 23:16
Quick thinking to get this shot! Good eye and great camera skills really brought this one home. Sorry to hear about the ailment! Like a couple of the others, my father also suffers from psoriasis, he has recently started giving himself injections that seem to be working great (he's had this condition for many years now)
Karen Stuebing29-Dec-2013 22:19
Beautiful scene and low angle. I like the motion from the waves and sandstorm.
Bill Reed29-Dec-2013 17:00
I like the angle, it gives a good sense of the wind pushing the sand. The large wave helps! Nicely done.
Anitta29-Dec-2013 15:41
Lovely capture with great composition. My father has also psoriasis... *V*
Mairéad29-Dec-2013 13:00
I really like your POV here capturing all that golden sand, seaweed, waves and sandstorm. For someone in the middle of a northern winter, it is a most welcome scene. Hope the seawater helps with the psoriasis - I seem to recall that sunlight is good too but obviously not sunburn.
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