Wet Impact

Incredible surf during a beautiful, warm January day along Pacific Grove's rocky coastline, near Monterey, California

Incredible surf during a beautiful, warm January day along Pacific Grove's rocky coastline, near Monterey, California
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29 Comments | Report
DebbieKMiller81 Platinum
DebbieKMiller81 January 29, 2015
Excellent capture of the waves. Ilove the coloring in the water as well. Well done on composition.
nina050 January 29, 2015
Thank you, Debbie! The surf was absolutely fantastic that day, but we only had about an hour to play!
NanaSue54 February 07, 2015
WOW!!! This is gorgeous Nina!!!! :)
sweetpea72 March 08, 2015
Amazing!!! ")
NanaSue54 May 15, 2015
Voted Amazing Oceans Good luck!! :)
BrendaCrawford June 09, 2015
Ha ha ha... Yes... Congratulations Nina... WTG... Beautiful photograph. So well deserved. :) ............
redwriter Platinum
redwriter June 09, 2015
Beautiful image. Nice work. - Jake
trainwoman Platinum
trainwoman June 09, 2015
Good going deserve it!!!!!
Crazypuke June 09, 2015
Wow is all I can say, awesome!!!!!
carlosramos June 09, 2015
Congratulation, Nina. Amazing capture here !
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KayBrewer June 10, 2015
Nina, so many congratulations for your shot being the Amateur winner of the Oceans contest! You go, girl!
estercastillo08 June 17, 2015
Congrats on your win!
NanaSue54 July 07, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS Nina!!!!! I'm very happy for you!!! :):):)
markcote July 09, 2015
Amazing! Just like a painting!
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modelmeemaw August 03, 2015
Great capture, one of those wow images. Also love your behind the lens, very helpful!
JoyceDickens August 10, 2015
Phenomenal capture Nina; I love this - shot in one of my favorite areas!!! I will come back again and again as I see so many beautiful works in your wonderful portfolio - right now I have run out of time...Joyce
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NatureLoverJJWal November 17, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
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carolcardillo November 26, 2015
Fabulous lighting, the water looks like a painting
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mihrt January 17, 2016
I love the artistic nature of this composition. The colours while dark in nature are so beautiful. The pounding of the surf is so dynamic!
estercastillo08 March 09, 2016
Voted Unstoppable
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NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2016
Voted unstoppable
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carolcardillo August 03, 2016
Woo-Hoo! Congrats on being a Finalist, Nina!
adavies August 03, 2016
Awesome! Congrats on being a finalist in GWTW! Well deserved! :)
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onyanita August 03, 2016
congrats on the Contest Finalist Award Nina xoxoxo
r_arrington_photos August 24, 2016
Awesome photo!
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NatureLoverJJWal August 26, 2016
Congratulations on your Finalist award!
vojce September 07, 2016
excellent photo congrats
rushewallace March 20, 2017
KayBrewer Platinum
KayBrewer June 09, 2017
I like the tones - dark and mysterious!
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Behind The Lens

One of my favorite photo op spots is along the California coastline near Monterey. This particular photo was taken on a very warm January day during an incredible surf.
The late afternoon sun on this particular day was reflecting off the water resulting in the most intense colors of blue and turquoise. It was a photo waiting to happen!
The late afternoon sun was at just about the right angle which made it much easier to get the softer light on the rocks and waves without either being over or underexposed.
This shot was taken with a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 18-105mm lens mounted on a sturdy carbon fiber tripod. Other than a polarizing filter, no other equipment was necessary.
The incredible surf on this particular trip was all the inspiration I needed to take many photos at this spot. The cormorants on the rocks were completely unconcerned about the crashing surf around them, and I felt they added to the overall mood of this photo.
Using Lightroom and Photoshop CS6, I brought out the intensities of the blues in the water just a bit, and lightened up the shadows. I then applied a couple of filters to give a bit of a watercolor feel to it and to make it more interesting.
In my camera bag
Since this photo was taken I have upgraded to a Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 24-120mm lens. I also carry a Nikkor 70-300mm lens. Additionally, I always have 2 64gb cards, polarizing filters and UV filters for both lenses, a round variable Tiffen ND filter, a carbon fiber tripod, and two spare batteries in my bag.
Time of day is crucial for photographing the ocean. Late afternoon I feel is usually the best time as the light is softer and reflects off the waves nicely. And you never know when you're going to be rewarded with a glorious sunset on the California coast!

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