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Storm season will almost be over here in the UK. Whilst I'll wish it could carry on a little longer - the warmer climate of summer will be very welcome....
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Storm season will almost be over here in the UK. Whilst I'll wish it could carry on a little longer - the warmer climate of summer will be very welcome.
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Lesabre1954 Platinum
 
Lesabre1954 May 14, 2019
A truly magnificent capture of the power of the waves!
philipdrispin Platinum
 
philipdrispin May 16, 2019
There are many of these types of images on the net now but this one grabs your eyes and invites you to experience the power of water. Well done!
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 June 28, 2019
Wow ... Sunning ... Magnificent ...
captjer PRO+
 
captjer February 23, 2020
Nice shot makes me want to get my stick and go out!!

Behind The Lens

Location
Living in Cornwall we are fortunate enough to endless coastline to discover and explore. This was taken not far from where I live at Gwithian beach.
Time
The great thing about the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, the are no concerns over harsh light. The daylight hours are short, and shooting through the day is never really a problem. This was taken mid afternoon.
Lighting
Stormy weather often brings plenty of cloud cover and this particular storm was no different. However, for thirty minutes or so, the were breaks in the cloud and I chose this time to my advantage waiting for the right waves to come along, and of course that seagull.
Equipment
Although this was action shot where I was using a fast shutter. The camera was still mounted onto a tripod for extra stability. A telephoto lens was used for that extra reach, and of course to give a safe positioning out of danger from the raging ocean.
Inspiration
During the winter months, when the Atlantic weather systems hit the west coast of Britain I'll spend a lot of time in the outdoors. Braving the elements can really make you feel alive, the wind, rain, and sound of the crashing waves all adds an element of excitement. You can also get to witness these big storms in solitude, with so much coastline on offer.
Editing
Post-processing was minimal - with only some minor dodging and burning required to balance out the image.
In my camera bag
Less is often more. Thats the theory and one I adhere to with camera equipment. I always carry just two lenses, a wide-angle and telephoto lens. A sturdy tripod, and plenty of lens cloths. Sea-spray is a photographers enemy, and the front element can get misted up pretty quickly.
Feedback
Shooting waves is a fantastic way to spend time. The main priority that should always be at the back of your mind is - safety. You've heard of rogue waves, well they WILL catch you out. Upon arriving at a location, I'll always spend at least twenty minutes studying an area where I plan to shoot from making sure it's completely safe, keeping an eye out for that rogue. Having a "spotter" is also recommended, a second person to watch for waves whilst you shoot. Watch and learn how waves interact - every wave is different looking for interesting patterns and shapes.

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