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Storm Rage



The cast-iron lighthouse at Whiteford built in 1865. I loved the look of this old lighthouse when i first saw it back in the summer and just had to shot it. Due...
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The cast-iron lighthouse at Whiteford built in 1865. I loved the look of this old lighthouse when i first saw it back in the summer and just had to shot it. Due to its location waves like this don't come a long, at least none that I’ve seen. Wondering how it would look i set to work. Talking several images i shot at Porthcawl while I waited for St Jude, I made the this composite.
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113 Comments | Report
annetteflottwell PRO+
 
annetteflottwell February 04, 2015
Wonderful force of nature well depicted
Nikonover
 
Nikonover February 05, 2015
You have done it well,great shot.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 07, 2015
Amazing capture! Congrats.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
jenniferkrieble_5126
 
jenniferkrieble_5126 February 10, 2015
What a wonderful picture...
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Cheers :)
richarddownes
 
richarddownes February 11, 2015
great capture
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
wickerlady PRO+
 
wickerlady February 11, 2015
yes amazing what kind of camera?
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
It was taken on a the mirrorless panasonic GH3 :)
SapphireMemories PRO+
 
SapphireMemories February 11, 2015
Great Capture
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
tonyafricano PRO+
 
tonyafricano February 11, 2015
A true magnificent capture Mathew, Well Done! And a very warm welcome to ViewBug, too...
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
perfectway76
 
perfectway76 February 11, 2015
So beautiful!!! Love all your photos
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
AlejandroFerrand PRO+
 
AlejandroFerrand February 11, 2015
Love this shot! AMazing strenght showing the power of mother nature. I would erase the rock in the right bottom corner of the frame.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Yeah have been thinking about it, loads of people say the same :)
bethanygracephoto
 
bethanygracephoto February 11, 2015
Amazing image. I'id want this framed. :)
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Cheers :)
DocTom PRO
 
DocTom February 11, 2015
Very nice!!!!!
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
orli PRO+
 
orli February 11, 2015
Terrific composition. Well done.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks :)
ShutterSpeak PRO
 
ShutterSpeak February 11, 2015
Very well done composite. Great work :-)
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
bethstaub
 
bethstaub February 11, 2015
WOW
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
randybrown PRO+
 
randybrown February 11, 2015
Your art is quite wonderful
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
love2bhere
 
love2bhere February 11, 2015
Welcome to Viewbug!Nice pics!
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
HDigitalPics PRO+
 
HDigitalPics February 11, 2015
This is just a great shot love the freeze shot of the waves in this this gallery is already great with only a few shots welcome to VB and really look forward to more
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
cherrib
 
cherrib February 11, 2015
Wow, they are all so exciting, eliciting emotions of all sorts ~ thanks for joining ~
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
janetcook64
 
janetcook64 February 11, 2015
Welcome to veiwbug
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Cheers :)
Cherylnestico PRO+
 
Cherylnestico February 11, 2015
Great photo!
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
Dunner PRO
 
Dunner February 11, 2015
Stunning work! Really a WOW image. Nice work Matthew. Welcome to VB :)
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you again :)
Castuc86
 
Castuc86 February 11, 2015
Amazing shot!
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz February 11, 2015
Very dramatic. Great capture. Congrats on the award.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
GeoffColeImages
 
GeoffColeImages February 11, 2015
Spectacular!
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thank you :)
waldomalan PRO+
 
waldomalan February 11, 2015
What an incredible photo! Welcome to VB - looking forward to see more of your work
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg February 11, 2015
supershot sir, welcome to viewbug
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanking you :)
northcoastgreg
 
northcoastgreg February 11, 2015
Shot of a lifetime.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Cheers ;)
belchertownphotos PRO+
 
belchertownphotos February 11, 2015
Outstanding creation! The only thing I might alter is the rock in the lower right corner.
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Yeah a few people tell me that, i might at some point :)
rdrewett PRO+
 
rdrewett February 11, 2015
Great Work - Would like to see this one live .... what an experience
EduardMoldoveanu PRO+
 
EduardMoldoveanu February 11, 2015
Nice work!
vesipenkova
 
vesipenkova February 11, 2015
amazing shot!
travelfaraway
 
travelfaraway February 11, 2015
This is amazing.. you're very talented. Congrats on your win!
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins February 11, 2015
Fantastic capture. Well done. Susan
kimsfotos
 
kimsfotos February 11, 2015
Excellent shot!
alicjakorbinska
 
alicjakorbinska February 11, 2015
great capture!
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petelaw7 February 11, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
MichaelJAlsup
 
MichaelJAlsup February 11, 2015
very nicely done, someone in the uk should pick your work up and put in a gallery
mattjphotography
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Wish someone would, that would be so cool, thanks Michael :)
ingridapril
 
ingridapril February 11, 2015
wow!
howardstockdale
 
howardstockdale February 11, 2015
Awesome image
SvetlanaKarakina
 
SvetlanaKarakina February 11, 2015
Excellent!
naturalmoments
 
naturalmoments February 11, 2015
Beautiful even in sheer chaos!
toddstanleyphotography
 
toddstanleyphotography February 11, 2015
great shot, wand welcome to viewbug
MarcyK PRO
 
MarcyK February 11, 2015
What an awesome capture!! Welcome to viewbug!
pjbell_1949 PRO+
 
pjbell_1949 February 11, 2015
Powerful shot. Excellent editing!
tauniamaple PRO+
 
tauniamaple February 11, 2015
Such an amazing and dramatic capture!
Duglas50
 
Duglas50 February 11, 2015
Awesome capture. Welcome to View Bug.
JayBluhm
 
JayBluhm February 11, 2015
Awesome capture.. Welcome to view bug
larrybuckley PRO
 
larrybuckley February 11, 2015
Fantastic - bet you got wet on this shoot!!
ntgreen
 
ntgreen June 12, 2015
Amazing ... what a catch! Perfect detail too! :D
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter June 20, 2015
Great creative image. Nice work. - Jake
Barbpsp4
 
Barbpsp4 June 29, 2015
Well done !!! Love it.
CharlieV
 
CharlieV July 02, 2015
love this image
purebliss
 
purebliss July 13, 2015
Wow!!
jennifermontana Premium
 
jennifermontana July 13, 2015
Amazing! Congrats!!!
friedhelmpeters
 
friedhelmpeters August 04, 2015
Breathless
gayatrisri
 
gayatrisri August 19, 2015
how do you took this is it like tsunami time??
Ginnie PRO
 
Ginnie August 20, 2015
The energy in this capture, Mother nature's fierceness. well done!
Laha PRO
 
Laha August 20, 2015
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Laha PRO
 
Laha August 20, 2015
Facinating!!
bartwebb
 
bartwebb August 20, 2015
I can't even imagine being inside that thing!!!great photo.
sarahmirkin Premium
 
sarahmirkin August 20, 2015
Such an incredible, powerful, wonderful shot! I love lighthouses, and this is a spectacular image that is not the typical lighthouse phototure that you see. Amazing!
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram August 22, 2015
Holy Mackerel !!! That is some shot....clever and creative for sure!
terryacregan-leidigh PRO+
 
terryacregan-leidigh September 01, 2015
AMAZING! FORCE WAS ALL THERE!
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb September 02, 2015
absolutely amazing shot ,looooove you style
NiketanChaudhari5
 
NiketanChaudhari5 September 03, 2015
magnificient click...
sharlenescarboroughdodds PRO+
 
sharlenescarboroughdodds September 14, 2015
Stunning Storm Capture
Elvio_Spiteri
 
Elvio_Spiteri October 07, 2015
Excellent capture !!!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 October 11, 2015
Incredible capture...Congrats!
thunderlake
 
thunderlake October 12, 2015
Powerful!!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz October 28, 2015
Simply amazing!!
micfos
 
micfos December 02, 2015
cool shot !! I'd hate to be that light house keeper :))
upatDawn
 
upatDawn December 13, 2015
Great capture!
LindaT
 
LindaT January 10, 2016
Raw power and creativity I love your creativity.
Shireensphotography PRO
 
Shireensphotography January 12, 2016
Fantastic work!!
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments January 12, 2016
Brilliant!
Sniperspawk9
 
Sniperspawk9 February 18, 2016
Wow I love it!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb February 22, 2016
Congratulations on your many wins!
EleventhAndQueensStudio PRO+
 
EleventhAndQueensStudio July 15, 2016
Yikes!!! Fabulous capture.
LuciaH PRO
 
LuciaH July 15, 2016
Beautiful !!!
DavyQuo PRO
 
DavyQuo July 15, 2016
Wow ... great shot
baybig PRO+
 
baybig July 17, 2016
I am guessing that the next photo in the series is the one where the photographer is carried away by the wave. Makes my heart thump a little faster.
jasbrat1
 
jasbrat1 July 19, 2016
wow !
nickdifi
 
nickdifi July 19, 2016
Astonishing!
neilvendeiro
 
neilvendeiro July 23, 2016
The reward and the delight waiting waiting just for the right moment to capture the perfect shot. Powerful statement about the force of nature against the industry of man. Cool photo
sheriswanson
 
sheriswanson August 15, 2016
Woah! Must have been amazing to see! Great capture!
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 October 05, 2016
That shot is so beyond perfect, I swear I can "hear" the roar....
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 05, 2016
Very Nice and amazing capture
jerseygirl1254
 
jerseygirl1254 October 05, 2016
What an amazing shot... Congratulations !
kittyrunstedler
 
kittyrunstedler October 05, 2016
WOW... Simply amazing and breathtaking
libbsguajardo
 
libbsguajardo October 18, 2016
I would call this piture waves
trish5457
 
trish5457 October 26, 2016
amazing photo, well done
naturisk PRO
 
naturisk October 27, 2016
Wow!
junemorris PRO
 
junemorris November 03, 2016
Wow.... Awesome capture
isabellatabacchi
 
isabellatabacchi November 12, 2016
Great capture!!! Well done!
SafariShootS
 
SafariShootS November 14, 2016
What a powerful shot. Love it.
asia_krasuska
 
asia_krasuska November 23, 2016
Absolutely marvellous! Thank you for sharing!
robvanderpoel
 
robvanderpoel February 17, 2017
Woooow!!
stevejackson
 
stevejackson March 09, 2017
I instantly recognised the lighthouse and love what you have done here. Very clever :)
Rafail_Chrys PRO+
 
Rafail_Chrys March 09, 2017
Fantastic shot!
simonparry PRO+
 
simonparry May 14, 2017
Brilliant capture...well done..
Smert
 
Smert August 30, 2017
What power and magnificence all in one shot
jloewen
 
jloewen October 30, 2017
Amazing shot!
opalreeves
 
opalreeves February 13, 2018
I love this very unique shot. Beautiful
Akhtar
 
Akhtar February 21, 2018
Great shot, perfect timing. Congratulations
mido18
 
mido18 March 02, 2018
Awesome, well done.
Paul39 Premium
 
Paul39 March 15, 2018
Fantastic. It reminds me of a lighthouse photo taken off the coast of Spain years ago. Great job!
Paul39 Premium
 
Paul39 April 24, 2018
Absolutely breathtaking shot. Great composition. Reminds me of a lighthouse off the coast of spain.
sayram
 
sayram October 19, 2018
oh
Blossom_Girl
 
Blossom_Girl October 31, 2018
Nice action shot!
mirjamhlastan
 
mirjamhlastan November 26, 2019
Wow! Beautiful capture! Hats off!
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Wow-just wow!
cometolifephotography Premium
 
majestic

Behind The Lens

Location
The lighthouse shot was taken at Whiteford during the summer when the tide was almost right out. The images used for the waves were taken at Porthcawl while I stood out on the rocks waited for the storm known as St Jude to arrive.
Time
All the images were taken in the afternoon. The lighthouse was on a rather warm summers day while in contrast the images of the raging sea were the beginning of an incoming storm during October in which I had to battle the elements.
Lighting
I took round 600 shots of the sea whilst I stood on the rocks, out these only 20 or so had that light that I’d been wanting, that moment when the sun broke through adding a speckle of light to the water. A took a few of the lighthouse making sure they filled the frame.
Equipment
A Panasonic GH3 body & Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens were used to capture the waves, for the lighthouse I used the same body but changed over to the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Lens and used an old Manfrotto tripod.
Inspiration
I loved the look of this old lighthouse when i first saw it back in the summer and just had to shoot it. It has a character of its own and a look that isn’t present in many of today’s lighthouses. Due to its location waves like this don't come a long, but I couldn’t help wondering what it would look like if they did.
Editing
In post I took three shots, two of the water and one the lighthouse. I wanted the main wave to be hitting and breaking around the lighthouse. For this I used layers in photoshop to mask out a centre area where the lighthouse stood. The trick is to allow the waves to come across the front, obscuring the base and mask out areas though the top of the lighthouse where you can see though, this gives the image depth and a real feel that the wave is engulfing the structure.
In my camera bag
Shooting micro four thirds means you can fit a lot into a small-ish bag but still have a lot of choices at hand. I will take different equipment depending if I’m shooting landscapes or people, but as a rule I take my GH3 a 14-140mm, 100-300mm, 14-45mm, 45mm macro and a 7.5mm fish eye. This covers me for just about anything I need. For landscapes I’d grab my grads, a 10 stopper and a wireless remote, my main 3 lenses have screw in polarisers on all the time (I find this quicker than adding them to lenses whist out and about). If I’m shooting people speedlights, a battery pack and triggers are added to the bag.
Feedback
If you are going to stand out on the rocks and shoot waves at hide tide with waves like these, take only the gear you need, the spray, flying sea form, bouts of driving rain and the biting cold make changing anything over a non-viable option. You need a fast shutter speed to capture the detail so polarisers aren’t a good option as they will slow your speed, but you will be wiping the front of the lens a lot so you don’t already have a something like a UV filter filtered do so, it’s must in this case. Leaning into a rock will help, waist high is good as you can duck down and take some shelter between shots. Blending rough water like this together isn‘t that hard, the trick is to use a soft brush at a low opacity and slowly brush a small part of the image away leaving water from the image below.

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