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Rogue Wave



A deep water wave churns into the wind off the coast of California.

A deep water wave churns into the wind off the coast of California.
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Winner in Seascape Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Best water picture Photo Challenge
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People's Choice in Wind In Nature Photo Contest
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Winner in touched by the wind Photo Challenge
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26 Comments | Report
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 April 13, 2017
I love the simplicity of this--it reminds me of a Japanese wood block painting. Beautiful color and composition. Congratulations on being a finalist!
fredsaunders
 
fredsaunders June 04, 2017
Fantastic shot and I love its simplicity yet is still striking! Well done
Njomeza
 
Njomeza September 16, 2017
Awesome
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 30, 2017
Very cool, Outstanding capture / Voted
Katnott PRO+
 
Katnott December 10, 2017
Awesome photo ..you should join my mother natures fury challenge
robwill236 PRO+
 
robwill236 January 09, 2018
Great picture
cherrilscottmorley PRO
 
cherrilscottmorley March 04, 2018
Congratulations on winning.
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cherrilscottmorley March 04, 2018
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chriswhittier PRO+
 
chriswhittier March 04, 2018
Thanks everyone! A good example of an easily overlooked image that I only bothered edit after about the 4th time passing over.
russellgaughen PRO
 
russellgaughen November 05, 2018
A Very nice Image Indeed!! Thanks For Sharing!!
margaretgodfrey PRO
 
margaretgodfrey December 29, 2018
Wow, great capture. Congrats on winning challenge :)
PhilC PRO+
 
PhilC December 30, 2018
Congrats on the Challenge win - great image!
keepclicking
 
keepclicking March 27, 2019
Awesome photograph
Benedictgarness PRO+
 
Benedictgarness April 14, 2019
excellent shot!!. outstanding!!!
lisagallant
 
lisagallant April 16, 2019
Great picture!😊💖💖
Cali_Wine_Fan
 
Cali_Wine_Fan April 28, 2019
Whoa, that is some scary rough water. Great timing for you though!
djnitro
 
djnitro April 30, 2019
Powerful
mttomimages
 
mttomimages May 15, 2019
Congratulations on your win! Stunning image!
edandaniphone Premium
 
edandaniphone October 24, 2019
Wonderful.
jamesjohnston_3471 PRO
 
jamesjohnston_3471 March 26, 2020
Masterpiece!
gregoriodelacruzsoldevillajr
 
Congratulations on your winning. Deserving! Thank you for joining in my challenge.
nandicmb PRO
 
nandicmb April 06, 2020
Congratulations on your win in Seascape Photo Challenge!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 06, 2020
Awesome capture! Congrats.
jackhall_9918 PRO+
 
jackhall_9918 April 07, 2020
Fantastic photo! And thank you for sharing the "backstory", I am frequently frustrated when I see a really great and obviously rare shot and have to simply wonder about how the photographer got the shot. So THANKS!
chriswhittier PRO+
chriswhittier April 08, 2020
Thanks Jack. I try to take advantage of the privilege of the "Behind the Lens" opps whenever my pics get awarded and would encourage everyone to do that too.
ginnyosbornetracy PRO
 
ginnyosbornetracy September 03, 2020
Beautifully captured!
isabelnelsonrapson PRO
 
isabelnelsonrapson December 06, 2020
Cracker xx

Behind The Lens

Location
This image looking out into the Pacific Ocean was captured standing on Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate National Parks, Sausalito, CA.
Time
I was living in the Headlands and went down to the beach as a starting point for my almost daily hike but noticed particularly rough seas that day. It was about 10:30 in the morning when I shot this series of images.
Lighting
The morning was sunny but a bit hazy- so bright but not quite full sun. The lighting certainly adds to the drama of this wave as the shadow of it's curl and the depth of the mist shows.
Equipment
I shot this handheld with a Canon 5D and Canon 100-400 L zoom lens and obviously no flash.
Inspiration
I was living in the Headlands and went down to the beach as a starting point for my almost daily hike but noticed particularly rough seas that day. In addition to big waves crashing on the shore I noticed these peculiar huge, isolated waves farther out that were rolling almost parallel to the beach. On my ~daily hikes I challenged myself to capture at least one interesting image, which was usually something terrestrial, but this day provided some really gorgeous waves including this one. Even though I didn't get to the beach every day,it was a very unique day in the couple years I lived and photographed there.
Editing
I did some tone adjustments, spot cleaning, minor sharpening and played a little with the white balance and colors to balance the blues in the water versus the sky and I cropped for this composition. There was also a gull flying just behind the wave that was interesting, especially for scale, but so small that it looked like a spot on first glance so I spot-removed it.
In my camera bag
Because I normally focus on shooting wildlife I typically carry just my 5D- now a MkIII- and one telephoto zoom lens, either Canon 100-400 L or Tamron 150-600. Most days I prefer to be light but sometimes carry my old 5D (or 20D) as back-up. When I'm out to shoot wildlife I don't even bother to carry a wide angle lens as my pocket Canon Powershot and even my Lumia phone can both shoot raw files. I do sometimes use my Canon EF 24-70 L lens for landscapes and close-ups and love my Slik tripod, but rarely have the opportunity to use it. I also toy with a circular polarizer sometimes but otherwise avoid filters. On some of the days I was shooting in the Headlands I would carry just my old 20D in case I wanted to use the built-in flash (lacking on 5Ds) for any close-up images of plants or small natural features.
Feedback
There isn't anything particularly challenging about getting an image like this- it was just about keeping my eyes open and looking for something interesting. Right time, at the right spot, with some decent kit.

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