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This is a part of Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes that I could never get to before. The water was too deep and the current way too strong. I got there early tonight and the tide was low so I took a chance and jumped in. Camera and tripod overhead, I made it to the rocks that I've been admiring for so long. I took about 200 images and when i looked back at the beach and noticed the tide came in. It's now swelling to about 20' deep and I'm scared. I thought I would be sleeping out there. Luckily a huge wave came, and when it retreated back to the sea I saw the bottom. I ran through 2' of water screaming like a school girl for 15 yards and made it to he beach with the next monster wave at my heels. That was cool.
HDR Image - except the water, that's all from the -2 file, that's why it's so noisy. I need the -2 because It's the only exposure fast enough to catch the still water. The problem is that it was totally black so I had to bring up the exposure and fill-light to be able to see it. Hence the noise that you can see when you look at it closely. So please don't look closely.

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  1. Krazy Diamnd 47 months ago | reply

    Great shot Niel and that almost motionless water looks perfect with all the ripples and rocks around!!!

  2. LIK BATON BOOT 47 months ago | reply

    luv the details of the rocks, still a winner to me.

  3. archie0 - thanks for 2 million + views!! 47 months ago | reply

    Terrific image Neil - I still think the image of you running for cover with the building wave chasing; makes an even better image!!! :-))

  4. Chad Dutson 47 months ago | reply

    Great capture. Love it! And the story adds so much!

  5. sherone72 47 months ago | reply

    Impressive image :)

  6. ladigue_99 47 months ago | reply

    wonderful capture!

  7. Zander_911 47 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot ! Great story too haha

  8. 2E0MCA 47 months ago | reply

    Very Nice Colours

  9. RedStarImaging.com 47 months ago | reply

    hahaha...I like the story there. Nice Image too.

  10. hspall 47 months ago | reply

    Love the shot
    Enjoyed the story
    Please remember your camera is not a floatation device ;)

  11. MyraAnn ("Myra") 47 months ago | reply

    Truly gorgeous shot! This deserves to be in a travel magazine!

  12. Fresnatic 47 months ago | reply

    Great story, and I thought I was the only one that was chased by the waves! The still water has a nice color to it and this was definitely worth the risk you took to capture it!

  13. Ferdousi. 47 months ago | reply

    love the way you processed.
    just wonderful.

  14. ngr07 46 months ago | reply

    Great image and great story!

  15. forty-onecrush 43 months ago | reply

    I've been to this very spot when the tides were low and it's wonderful. I've also been there when the tides have risen...watching people standing there trying to figure out how to get across to leave. Haha! Wonderful capture! You do this very spot such great justice.

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