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inahurry May 14, 2015
Awesome!
 
nig2000 May 16, 2015
Superb shot. Welcome to viewbug.
 
Roussou June 04, 2015
Fantastic capture
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Vemsteroo June 10, 2015
This is something else! Superb capture.
 
Prabhakar September 01, 2015
It looks like an explosion in alps.Extraordinary composition.
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AliciaRPaparo September 12, 2015
Wow!
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nina050 September 20, 2015
This is the most incredible wave shot I have seen yet on VB! Absolute masterpiece!
 
amandasarah October 02, 2015
beautiful!
 
RAPJones October 05, 2015
Fantastic color and light!
 
Vries007 October 05, 2015
Great shot! Reminds me of "the big wave of Kanagawa" by 19th century artist Hokusai. Superb!
 
ahmedfouadibraheem December 28, 2015
Fantastic.
 
ssteed December 30, 2015
Fantastic!!
 
CarlMorgan January 07, 2016
Wonderful composition, does looks like a broken mountain!
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jefboulet April 30, 2016
Fantastic picture. Great work !
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howie516 April 30, 2016
WOW! Such a powerful photo! Good for you, nice work!
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Hedde May 11, 2016
One of the best wave shots I've seen! Love it.
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Hedde May 11, 2016
One of the best wave shots I've seen! Love it.
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jimfbauty May 21, 2016
There is a local photographer who captures photos like this onLake Erie (Canada) when storms can cause waves to erupt into spectacular shots like yours.I'll find and forward his website.
 
traceymcdonald June 28, 2016
WOW, just wow.
 
Alebesh July 01, 2016
it seems like an eagle(white part) which catches an another eagle(underside white part)...to have that view is better in miniature...its a particular photo
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debhall July 09, 2016
OMG! Absolutely stunning...I think you should have been the winner but that's just my opinion!
 
BrianaK July 11, 2016
Beautiful work!!
 
Ambet July 24, 2016
Beautiful!!!
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Tanda4bama August 23, 2016
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Beegirl September 04, 2016
Wonderful shot
 
camobor November 12, 2016
Pure perfection...love effort and result
 
hoddy November 13, 2016
Stunning!
 
beeoxierrod November 13, 2016
GORGEOUS SHOT!! LIGHT DETAIL SUPERB!!
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karinmcfarlane December 03, 2016
Stunning capture!!!
 
Footprint-fotografie June 06, 2017
Great picture on the right moment
 
PhotographicSafari June 06, 2017
Amazing shot. You're much better than I I'd be worried of dropping the dang camera in the water. I'm glad you got such an amazing photo.
 
Makschultz17 June 06, 2017
Such a gorgeous shot Daniel! At first glance I wasn't sure if it was a wave or snow blowing over the mountains?. ????
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Paulacook144 June 06, 2017
Welcome to View Bug. What a wonderful action shot well seen and handled. Looking forward to seeing more wonderful photos from you.
 
linabulgaria June 14, 2017
Fabulous, bravo! :)
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simonparry June 15, 2017
Stunning..
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evergreen1116 June 16, 2017
Spectacular image,,, beautifully composed.
 
anitaselvog August 21, 2017
Simply Beautiful!
 
BunghiuzEduard September 21, 2017
Great work!
 
AMCPhoto September 21, 2017
Wow!!
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CarpeDeeM September 22, 2017
Fantastic shot and great to hear how you got it. Perfect title too.
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darrellgillenwater September 22, 2017
Awesome capture
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Hood September 23, 2017
Stunning...
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Alwolfe September 23, 2017
Wow! What can I say?
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markkrause September 24, 2017
Amazing capture, perfectly timed!
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wild-west October 08, 2017
Excellent work!
 
susanneradke October 08, 2017
Top!!!!
 
silvanomartincigh October 23, 2017
The visual association with Hokusai is inevitable
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Coveboy53 November 05, 2017
What a superb picture and technique.I love the 3.5 effect. You had in focus just what you wanted and the effect is like your MkII os actually in the water. I took some similar shot from my kayak. Love the low camera and aperture bringing a new dimension to the foreground. Beautiful shot
 
RussellMorganJones March 14, 2018
Excellent excellent shot!
 
Indigo_Mac March 15, 2018
amazing shot
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anthonyoffenjames March 18, 2018
fantastic photo the timing is absolutely perfect. Well done
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KAD17568 March 20, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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KAD17568 March 20, 2018
This picture is amazing! Thank you for sharing.
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Niqueki March 22, 2018
Beautiful shot. Incredible the look like a rock
 
AdamBeckman April 01, 2018
I love this. Phenomenal shot with a unique approach. So simple and complex at the same time. Beautiful color and composition. Really a stand out in my opinion. Just happy I got to view it and gain some inspiration while being moved by a great piece of work. Good job
 
terrystormon May 22, 2018
Wow!
 
cindyrodkin May 31, 2018
What a great capture!!
 
aartpic October 19, 2018
Stunning photo
 
Mspower October 25, 2018
Stunning capture
 
jfrancphotography November 12, 2018
Call it the ballet wave!
 
erinmcnulty Jan 31
Amazing!!
 
ETAussie Feb 05
WoW! :)
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tmlakshmi Feb 05
awesome
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CarlAage Mar 11
Extreme. Love it. A lot!
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WOW!!!
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N1ckBaker Aug 15
Amazing capture. Well done !
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BarryYJohnson Aug 30
This is such cool shot. Great capture.
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niuhayan Aug 30
Wow, wow, wow.... This photo is AWEWSOME!

Matterhorn



A moody evening wedge. I was in the water surfing when the evening light turned absolutely beautiful with a dark backdrop of thick storm clouds. I got out the w...
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A moody evening wedge. I was in the water surfing when the evening light turned absolutely beautiful with a dark backdrop of thick storm clouds. I got out the water, ran home still in my wetsuit and grabbed my camera. I sat waist deep in the water with a towel wrapped around my camera and lens to avoid any water droplets from hitting my setup. Longbeach, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at my local beach (Longbeach), down the road from my house in Kommetjie. I'm based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Time
I shot this image a little while before sunset, and just before a huge cold front engulfed the sky and blocked the sun.
Lighting
The dark storm approaching from the horizon made for a beautiful dark backdrop, while the natural light from what was left of the sun peered over the dark blanket of cloud, lighting up the wave and water droplets perfectly against the ominous backdrop, before it disappeared and the cold front took over.
Equipment
I used my Canon 5D Mark II body, a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II lens and a beach towel to protect my gear from any moisture or water droplets.
Inspiration
I was in the water surfing at the time. The tide was super high, and a little wedge was forming in the corner of the beach break. I saw the dark cold front approaching and instinctively knew that something spectacular was about to unfold with the sun in the position it was in. I got out the water and ran home to get my gear. I sat waist deep in the water, camera gear wrapped in a towel, and as the dark blanket of cloud began to cover the sun everything lined up perfectly! It was a group of elements which came together at the perfect time. When I got home and looked through the images, a few of them stood out to me as they seemed to have a striking resemblance to mountains. One being Everest and this one being Matterhorn.
Editing
I used the Curves and Levels adjustment in Lightroom to create contrast and emphasize the dramatic lighting and dark backdrop. I also did some minor color correction and cropping.
In my camera bag
I take all my gear with me where ever I go. You never know when an opportunity may arrise, and you need particular gear in order to capture that moment as you see it unfold in your head. I carry my Canon 5D Mark II body with me (Its my only digital body), a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L lens, Canon EF 28-70mm f2.8 USM L lens, Canon EF 50mm f1.8, Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 II IS USM L lens, a pack of Cokin P Gradfilters, Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with 804RC2 pan tilt head.
Feedback
I think the main factor which helped me capture this image was being aware of the opportunity in front of me and analyzing the light, everything felt as if it had the potential to line up and create something spectacularly beautiful. The one thing which often helps photographers capture that one amazing 'in the moment' image is being consciously aware of the light around you as well as your surroundings/subject, and being curious and able to react accordingly. I wasn't in the water looking for a photo opportunity, or expecting something like this to happen. I was in the water to surf. When I became conscious of what was about to unfold I reacted as quick as I could. That is about the best advice I could give to someone who is working with uncontrollable nature to capture an amazing image. I'm not saying this is a perfect or amazing image, its far from that. But it has educated me and prepared me a little more for similar situations which could unfold in the future.

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