shauntokes
shauntokes

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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 23, 2015
Great slow-exposure which captures the wave's movement very well. Congratulations on being Featured.
Remraf
 
Remraf February 23, 2015
Great shot!
saking007
 
saking007 February 23, 2015
nice timing
artifarti2012
 
artifarti2012 February 23, 2015
Just stunning...and beautifully shot :-)
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman February 23, 2015
Beautiful image. Congrats on being featured.
catini
 
catini February 23, 2015
Very nice exposure, congrats on your feature!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet February 23, 2015
great movement. you can feel the power of the wave. congrats
diversionphotography PRO
 
diversionphotography February 23, 2015
Beautiful image with perfect lighting and shutter time!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 23, 2015
absolutely amazing...Congrats ")
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock February 23, 2015
That's a huge "wow"!!!!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 23, 2015
Incredible shot and processing! It looks like a painting - gorgeous! Congratulations on being featured. :)
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 23, 2015
Beautiful time exposure capture!Congrats
fotocream
 
fotocream February 23, 2015
Nice shot
MGamba-Rios
 
MGamba-Rios February 23, 2015
Great shot! congratulations!!!
WileKyK PRO+
 
WileKyK February 23, 2015
Stunning shot! Congratulations on your Feature!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD February 23, 2015
Beautiful timed exposure. Congratulations.
KesPhotography PRO
 
KesPhotography February 24, 2015
Beautifully done! Very unique image of crashing waves. Not one you see hardly at all!
Kottibugs
 
Kottibugs February 25, 2015
Amazing ! Congrats !
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Kottibugs February 25, 2015
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KarlWilliamsPhotography
 
KarlWilliamsPhotography March 05, 2015
This talks to me, Shaun - can't ask for more than that!
patstang
 
patstang March 05, 2015
Lovely.
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz March 05, 2015
Beautiful shot!! Congrats on the feature.
BarryHillSr
 
BarryHillSr March 05, 2015
Awesome wave shot!
NatashaT
 
NatashaT March 06, 2015
Beautiful, looks like an painting!!!
elizajones
 
elizajones March 06, 2015
Great capture!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer March 07, 2015
Beautiful image, great colors
EtienneV
 
EtienneV March 07, 2015
Well done ! Excellent choice of shutter speed.
British
 
British March 08, 2015
Well coordinated
naturalmoments
 
naturalmoments March 11, 2015
Gorgeous Capture!
mmbazaz
 
mmbazaz April 01, 2015
I love it
JAStandring PRO+
 
JAStandring April 03, 2015
WOW FACTOR!!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter April 20, 2015
Beautiful. Congrats.
wilmamichel
 
wilmamichel May 08, 2015
Gives a great feel of the power in the water. Love the color. Great shot.
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 May 11, 2015
Great capture.
hosseinalavi
 
hosseinalavi May 23, 2015
Great shot ! thank you Shauntokes :)
saomartins
 
saomartins June 02, 2015
Beautiful!!!!
gkeith1 PRO
 
gkeith1 June 07, 2015
Awesome color, great composition, and nicely preccessed
dhawk15
 
dhawk15 June 08, 2015
Gorgeous photo!
gkeith1 PRO
 
gkeith1 June 24, 2015
Awesome capture, love the post processing
kwalkowski
 
kwalkowski July 07, 2015
Impressive!
photographer1012
 
photographer1012 July 09, 2015
wow beautiful
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 August 21, 2015
Impressive photo, congratulations
Baumhaus
 
Baumhaus August 22, 2015
Usually I`m not a fan of long exposures with water. But this wave ist an eye-catcher an a very good foto.
dhawk15
 
dhawk15 August 28, 2015
This is stunning..
johant
 
johant September 16, 2015
Pure Art!
SakargiR34
 
SakargiR34 October 16, 2015
Stunning!
RustyRusty
 
RustyRusty October 16, 2015
Very Beautiful Image
Riana
 
Riana December 18, 2016
Absolutely Beautiful
dianegrenier PRO+
 
dianegrenier December 24, 2016
mesmerizing
The_Photo_Wave_Rat
 
The_Photo_Wave_Rat August 05, 2018
So good
icesailr PRO+
 
icesailr January 30, 2019
Just the right amount of detail ....and the color is beautiful too.
tonydale_8493
 
tonydale_8493 March 08, 2019
Very nice image, I love the movement

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a secret surf spot on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii.
Time
This was during a time when I was going on solo dawn patrols. I shot this before the sun rose high enough to break above the mountains behind and blow out the exposure.
Lighting
Perhaps what's worth mentioning about the lighting is that there was no direct light.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 5D II, Canon EF 300 f4L IS on a Manfrotto tripod.
Inspiration
Being that Hawaii, and O'ahu in particular is a surfing destination, there's countless photos taken of surfing and waves. At this point in time, I was shooting at the beach a lot. I had been making surf related images for years and was looking for different ways to shoot the same things. I started dragging my shutter and experimenting with varying shutter speeds for interesting effects. Too long and you lose definition. Too fast and it loses the dramatic sense of movement. On this day, I was lucky enough to come across this wave that was breaking really close to shore to where I could fill the frame with it and really capture the intensity of the ocean.
Editing
Post processing was definitely involved. There was a considerable amount of dust spots present which had to be removed. Because the lighting was so flat, and as RAW files are as well, I boosted contrast and added a bit of saturation. I did basic corrections and spot healing in LR then did the finishing touches on Nik's Color efx and Analog efx.
In my camera bag
I have a few bags that I'll set up depending what I'm looking to shoot. But what always comes with me is the Zeiss 50 f2 Makro Planar ZE. The lenses I bring tend to vary but I always pack that lens. I like to carry 2 camera bodies. Just in case. There's those times when I'll set up one camera to shoot a timelapse sequence while I do regular stills on the other. This means I also need 2 tripods, of which I usually have a compact travel tripod as well as a regular sized one. Also, an intervalometer, spare batteries, vari ND with step up rings, many microfiber cloths, and a flashlight. Oftentimes I'll bring pepper spray. I'm really mindful of my surroundings and where I'm going to shoot. There's a lot of shady people out there and photographers are, sadly, a target so it's good to have some kind of deterrent.
Feedback
For someone looking to make a similar image, scouting beforehand is a definite must. As is knowing the ocean and weather conditions. Always pay attention to the ocean and heed the warnings. We often get visitors who go where they shouldn't and get themselves in sometimes very critical situations. Shooting in manual and really knowing your equipment greatly increases your chances of getting something decent. I usually have my camera set up in single shot, but for these images it's rather necessary to use continuous, as the movement happens so fast. I also use back button AF to decouple the AF from the shutter to decrease AF hunt. Shooting at the beach, especially when the surf is up exposes your equipment to salty air and sand so it's good to wipe down your gear afterwards, as I've destroyed a few tripods along the way.

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