I'd like to say a little about this picture, part of the "Beach After Hours" project. When I arrived on the beach after a day of rain, this was the scene that confronted me. What I saw was the orderly raked-out sand with an incredibly dynamic sky above it. The duality of the scene grabbed me: order versus disorder, monochrome vs exciting color, energy vs. structure. When I looked through the viewfinder my 14-24 mm wide angle lens hightened the contrast -- and brought out the mirred "swoosh" patterns that unite the sky and sand. The sillhouetted beach huts provide a dividing point, something for the eye to fix upon.
My feelings on seeing all this were on the order of "Holy cow! this is amazing. I have to get this." But awe was interlaced with all the compositional awareness described in the last paragraph; it was a very complicated moment. I wanted to use all that structure to capture and convey the contrasts and dynamism of the intereaction between sky and sand. I'm happy with the result; it looks great on e-finish paper at 16x24, and I think it will fare equally well on a watercolour stock.
For those who care about such things, the exposure was 24mm, 1/1250, f10, ISO 640.