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Alwolfe October 03, 2017
bruceellis October 05, 2017
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davincipoppalag October 03, 2017
brilliant piece
bruceellis October 05, 2017
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MaryAnne306 October 04, 2017
Awesome capture! It reminds me somehow of a Chinese painting. Congratulations on being a finalist!
bruceellis October 05, 2017
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darrellgillenwater October 04, 2017
Awesome capture
bruceellis October 05, 2017
a_snapper October 04, 2017
This is amazing
bruceellis October 05, 2017
PSD9253 October 04, 2017
Great Image! Very nice.
bruceellis October 05, 2017
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Byronfairphotography October 17, 2017
Awesome shot.
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Kaydee1965 October 22, 2017
Fantastic shot!
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JBordons October 31, 2017
Beautiful composition and capture.
PSD9253 November 01, 2017
Fantastic Image.
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Jasman2016 November 01, 2017
Awesome capture
kathyk_abq November 04, 2017
Beautiful image! Congrats on your people's choice award!
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Mikelsr November 05, 2017
Awesome capture!
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kellumbear November 05, 2017
WOW! Congrats on your win!
NJane March 21, 2018
Such an amazing capture. Congratulations
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
lisagallant July 17, 2018
I love pictures like this-so pretty! Great photo!
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Djeia September 04, 2019
Right biggest peak looks like an eagle head 😁
ettacox Oct 01

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on the south coast of Western Australia about 1 km out to sea. I was sitting on the back of a jetski and it there was only a couple of us out there.
We'd been on the ski since lunch time after a 4 hour drive and it takes about 30 mins to get out to this break. It wasn't big enough and the wind was bad so we drove another 30 mins to another spot a bit further on. After spending the afternoon surfing and shooting we were heading back and pulled into this spot again to hopefully capture a couple before dark as the light was getting better to shoot. We got about another hour out here before having to head in as navigating the drive back through the inlet is a nightmare on dark.
The arvo lighting around here in winter is awesome. Just before the sun drops behind the hills it can really light the wave up.
I was sitting on the back of a jetski with a canon 7dmark2 and 70-200mm lens. I didn't have it in my housing but was using an aquatech rain cover to keep the spray off.
I was actually trying to get a shot where you look straight through the barrel with the sunset lighting up the inside of the tube. As the swell wasn't big enough for this particular spot and I had limited time I was just hoping a set would come in as the light was perfect and before we had to go in. This wave came through and we weren't directly side on but i think it works better on this angle for this particular wave. I love the colour in the sky and there's a bit of green in the lip of the wave that I love and the spray blowing off the back. It's also not the typical shot of this wave that you would normally see which makes me like this shot more.
I do post process my images in lightroom but its always quick and simple as I'm not that good at editing and I try to get it as close to what I'm chasing in the field. I do the usual whites/blacks I usually drop the highlights right down as the whitewater blows out easily. I like to bring the colours out a bit and get rid of any noise.
In my camera bag
I have my camera body (canon 7dmark2) and I always have my 70-200 mm lens and 17-40mm lens as well. Depending on where i'm going to shoot i'll chuck the 50mm and fisheye in as well. I also have to pack my water housing and at least 2 lens ports as well. Then I've got things like spare battery, filters, screwdriver, cleaning gear etc.Also a tripod for the land shots, and food and water for the big days on the sea.
You have to know the weather. If there's a swell coming I will be checking multiple websites and charts from at least a week out and won't fully commit to a trip until the day before. The weather changes dramatically around southern WA so just being prepared for anything. Then just try and get yourself in the best position to the wave, I like to try and be side on at the start of the wave just as the lips about to hit the water and hopefully the lighting co operates and fire away. Be nice to your ski driver too as they're the ones putting you in the best position to get the shot!

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