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Wave in Motion



I thought I’d try my hand at long exposure wave photography.

This photo was taken at “The Wedge”, in Newport Beach, California, around sun...
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I thought I’d try my hand at long exposure wave photography.

This photo was taken at “The Wedge”, in Newport Beach, California, around sunset. After several attempts, I was finally stoked with the results when I exposed the shot for 1-8 second and panned with the wave.

While the image looks very painterly, it’s actually a result of the longer exposure. The post-processing was very minimal. Just a few adjustments here and there. No Photoshop paint filters or overlays.
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Camera: Canon EOS 6D MK1
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f-2.8L II USM
Aperture: f-19
ISO: 500
Shutter Speed: 1-8 sec
Focal Length: 200mm
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken, hand-held, while standing on a jetty at "The Wedge", in Newport Beach, California.
Time
This shot was taken around sunset, during the golden hour. I always try to time my adventures around sunrise or sunset, as the lighting is usually the best around these times.
Lighting
The beautiful golden hour glow contributed to unique visuals and created a greater contrast between the light and shadows. This same contrast was visible amongst the waves, making it possible to capture an image with incredible depth.
Equipment
This image was captured using a Canon 6D MK1 and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. No tripod was used, as it was challenging to get a steady position on the rocks of the jetty. Additionally, by hand-holding the camera, I was able to quickly pan, in order create the motion blur through a longer exposure.
Inspiration
I've always enjoyed the motion blur photos of race cars and surfers, where the primary subject is in focus, but the rest of the image is blurred.. I wanted to capture the same feeling of motion, but to do so with a crashing wave. So, after several failed attempts, I was able to hone in on the right panning motion and focal point needed to freeze the crest of the wave, but also create that blurry feeling for the rest of the image.
Editing
For this photo, I kept the processing to a minimum. The primary post-processing was using Lightroom to adjust the basics (highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks). Some additional work was done to remove spots, as I was getting misty spray on my lens from the crash of the waves. Finally, I added some contrast in Photoshop and adjusted the levels.
In my camera bag
In addition to the aforementioned Canon 6D and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM lens, I also pack away my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens for wider landscape shots. I also rarely leave home without my Formatt-Hitech ND and Grad ND filter kit. Finally, for those tripod shots, I carry a Vello shutter release device.
Feedback
If others want to capture something similar, my best advice would be to not be satisfied with your first, second, or third shot. Keep trying until the shots become more refined and you feel comfortable duplicating the process next time you visit the same spot. It takes time and several failed attempts to capture something that comes close to the image you envisioned.

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