Michael Breitung Photography

Photographing Anse Patates

Anse Patates is located on the northern tip of La Digue, right in front of the Patatran Village hotel, which is where I was staying. And there was no question that I’d be photographing it a few times.

When you are staying in an area for a few days, you have the chance to photograph it under different conditions. When at the coast, those conditions don’t only include light and weather, it’s also the tides that are constantly changing.

The day I arrived at the Patatran Village low tide coincided with both sunrise and sunset. This created some nice photo opportunities since I could include rocks in the foreground that were submerged at other times of the day.

A secluded cove at Anse Patates during Sunset

Anse Patates
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS | Kase 0.6 soft GND + Kase 0.6 hard GND + Kase Polarizer
Exif: f/9,5 | 16mm | ISO 100 + ISO 400 | 1/15s – 0.7s multiple exposures for focus stacking and exposure blending

But for another part of the beach, the one I photograph in the video below, low tide was not ideal. There wer footprints all over the place and the water wasn’t high enough to wash them away. But within the week I spent on La Digue the tides slowly shifted. And the last days of my stay the water level was just right during sunset to take the photo I was waiting for.

This is something I love about the coast. The constant change and the different photo opportunities arising each day.

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