Blue skies, white clouds and sunshine - perfect for a stroll along the beach of Ameland Island in the Netherlands, but holding little promise for a photographer. Then Gerard noticed the rocks - placed there to reduce erosion. There was a strong wind, and as he watched the waves smash against the breakwater, he began to think about the contrast between the wind and water and the solidity of the rocks. A long exposure - he used a tripod with spikes for stability and added pressure to minimise vibration from the wind - eliminated movement in the water but exposed something that he hadn't noticed when taking the shot: the movement of the clouds. 'I like the resulting simplicity,' he says, 'the different layers and the lack of many colours.'
Nikon D800E + 70-200mm f2.8 lens + cable release; 137 sec at f22; ISO 50; tripod.
Ameland, The Netherlands