Shooting Challenge: 6 Sandy Shots

The weather hasn't been too beach-friendly so far, at least on the east coast of Australia, but it looks like plenty of you made it onto a stretch of sand somewhere if these six shots are anything to go by. Click through to see all the sand from this week's shooting challenge.

Michael Leong

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Nobby's Beach, Newcastle just before a storm rolled through.

Taken on an iPhone 4

Nick Smith

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Low tide at Casuarina Beach in Darwin. We don't often get sunshine at this time of the year; it is the wet season, so days on end of overcast skies is more common. It was nice to get a good bit of sun, but low tide was in the hottest part of the day, pretty horrible for photography. Anyway I like the emerald colour of the sea and the contrast with the sand and sky. Hope you do too. The lens I used was a Sigma70-300mm zoom, zoomed out to 70mm. My camera body is a Pentax K200 DSLR. Photo taken at f/6.7, 1/750 sec, ISO-100.

Karthik Ramaswamy

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What lies beneath?

Location: Koekohe Beach - An hour's drive from Dunedin, New Zealand Day: Saturday, 7th January 2012 1100 HRS Camera: Sony Cyber shot DSC-HX5 Mode: Auto Intelligent Mode

This is a small beach, but you can find some interesting things here. There are some naturally formed large spherical boulders. Some of these boulders are said to have a diameter of 1m. These boulders are formed by sand, shells, limestone. With time, the sea water has receded and the sand has revealed these boulders.

This is just a chunk of one of the spherical boulders. Since this contest was more about sand, I have just given you a hint of what lies beneath the sand in this unusual place. You can also see shells and pebbles strewn around.

Dean Bartolotta

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I am 15 and an aspiring photographer! I have been reading your site everyday for the past year and since it has been a part of my daily routine! I was recently on holidays in Gosford NSW, this shot was taken at Mcmasters beach. The camera used is a Leica M9 with a Noctilux F1.0 lens, it was taken at ISO 160, with a shutter speed of 1/4000. The story behind the shot is that I was simply sitting on the beach with a small cousin and she decided to run past me, so I thought I would take a photo of her footsteps, and this is the result ! hope you like the photo, I love this site and hope you keep it going for a long time to come!

Reece Crofts

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I was walking along the dune and I spotted the sight. I just took the photo and applied a vivid filter.

Steve Wheeler

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Long time reader first time competitor. I'd just picked up a Nikon D3100, a Tamron 18-200mm lens and a UV/polar filter. Was on a cruise in the Whitsundays and managed to snap this pic.

One of my faves from the trip, a quick auto edit in iPhoto (am no guru by any means!) so the dress seems saturated, but the white sands are legit. The photo quality is down thanks to Facebook but you get the idea.

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