Highest position in Explore = #2 on April 6th, 2009, thank you for all comments and support!
This is a shot of a surfer taking on a big wave in the famous
“Pipeline” area of the North Shore on Oahu. I was just fascinated with
the surfers on the North Shore and spent 2 whole days on my last
vacation there. The ocean was chaotic this day and there was a big
swell that had moved in that had many of the waves reaching about 15
feet in size! The waves were very difficult to judge and many of the
barrels would close on the surfers before they could make it out. I
also heard on the news that there were several injuries this day. Glad
to report that this guy took on one of the biggest waves I saw and
made it out cleanly! It was just awesome to watch and I really like
how you can see the spray as he put his hand out to touch the wave,
almost like he was feeling it.
For this shot, I used my 70-200mm f2.8 lens with a 2x extender on my Nikon D300, which allowed me to get the equivalent focal length of about 600mm. This is a pseudo-hdr created from 1 RAW file. Then, just standard post processing (levels, curves, contrast) in Photoshop. Hope you all have a fantastic week!