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Shooting with Soul: Beachcombing

Seascapes and beaches are easily some of the most photographed and painted subjects in art. It's not surprising, though. The seaside offers so many gorgeous vistas, from the lively birds and wildlife to the varied textures of sand, surf, rocks, seashells, and even dried coral.

This fun shot was taken in the lava fields of the Big Island of Hawaii, and—of course—features that beautiful Hawaiian word of welcome and celebration: "Aloha." The contrast between the white coral and the black lava rock (called 'A'a in Hawaiian) really makes the word pop in the photo. 

aloha handlettering

Photo by Angela Corpus

What could you include in the image to add another dimension? I wish I'd had a plumeria blossom handy so I could add a splash of color to the pile of coral above the word. You could easily paint one in if you were using this image as inspiration for a new piece.

Here are a few more beach shots from lovely Hawaii to add to your inspiration:

hawaii shooting with soul 

Photo by Angela Corpus

shooting with soul beach

Photo by Angela Corpus

shooting with soul palm tree

Photo by Angela Corpus

In Shooting with Soul: 44 Photography Exercises Exploring Life, Beauty, and Self-Expression, author and photographer Alessandra Cave talks about some tips for shooting spectacular beach photos.


Where are your favorite beaches to go photo exploring? 

Angela Corpus

Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus

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