Monday, January 11, 2010

The Weather is Swell... and a Winter Swell

At last an interesting day.. actually, an absolutely EPIC day, with huge waves from a winter storm far out to sea, combined with some perfect, beautiful light this past Saturday. This is the kind of day that happens once or twice a year; a situation to be out there with lots of time and all my photo gear ready at hand.
You'd better be a pretty competent surfer/swimmer to handle this stuff (even so, the lifeguards were busy all weekend)... they are the only ones that really get to experience the thrill and the power of these conditions first hand, but it's still lots of fun for the rest of us observing from shore, if nothing else.
Anyway, this day started out great and got even better, so I hope everyone is up for some ocean images:) I shot enough exposures in 3 hours to keep me busy for quite a while (the light after sunset was a jaw-dropper)... this is just a little teaser. I'll be back later in the week for SkyWatch, if not sooner.
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer
a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. - Irving Penn

6 comments:

storybeader said...

what a strange looking sky. Great contrast with the blue water. I could sit on the beach all day, watching the waves break!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

oh, I would give my right arm to be there w/ storybeader, watching the waves break..:))

The Retired One said...

Wonderful...I love it when the waves are all powerful!
One of the best shots I ever got was one spring...I was on Michigan State University's campus after a huge melt down from the snow...the Red Cedar river on campus was rushing down and high and some guy took a surfboard and surfed the river...powerful rapids and he was so good on the board...made for some great shots!

Patrick said...

Hello Mark and congrats for the nice image. I'm glad you had a very good day. Here we have an awfull and cold weather. Seeing somebody in the waves today is a little incredible for me :)

GulfGal said...

What an fantastic photograph! the sky is unusual, pre-storm looking...

kyungmee said...

very cool! Nice!