• These waves were big and it was nerve wracking to stand so close. I can not imagine seeing a tsunami heading for me like they did in Japan!
  • I rarely see skies like this. Only for a couple of hours right after a big storm, then it clears right up.
  • You should see these granite cliffs in person someday!
  • Watch out, these rocks can be ankle breakers!
  • In the print, you can see detail on the seagull!
  • Woosh! :) - smoggy vest
  • Perfect timing here Patrick - One crazy big wave and beautiful golden reflections in the (still) water, it's a great contrast. - Pipall

Bid for Japan Earthquake relief! - Garrapata Surf #1 - Big Sur, California

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Auction Closed! Peter Kent is the high bidder at $450! Thanks! Here is his Flickr stream.


I have entered this image in to the Flickr group Charity Print Auctions - Japan for Tsunami and earthquake relief. The group is not quite open yet but will be soon, but you can still bid below. All proceeds will go to Japan via the British Red Cross or your favorite local Red Cross for tax writeoffs. Last time, 2 bidders each bid US $400 and I made two canvas prints. So far,
Here is the print auction group page. Hmm.. still not up yet.

The framed print that is for auction is 24 in. wide x 16 high in a 33x25 frame with non-breakable plexi 'glass' in front. It is custom framed with high quality rounded wood with two mattes and ready to hang on your wall. Here is a link to the actual framed print hanging on my wall right now that you will recieve. Here is a quick snapshot and does not really do it justice, but you get an idea of the frame.


See an 1800 pixel version here for a better idea of the quality.


A video showing the magnitude of the damage:

Free wallpaper for over 100 of my images in 6 different screen sizes is now available!

To Bid:

You need to make a comment below the image with the amount that you would like to bid in US $. When the auction closes, the person that has bid the most, wins the print. The auction will close this Tuesday at 8pm California time. To see the bidding, just read the comments!

The winning bidder (or runner up if winner can not pay) will pay the amount they promised to the Red Cross.

When you have made your donation, you MUST make a screen grab of the donation confirmation page to send to me for confirmation. This is the only way that I can know that you have paid. Then I can arrange for the print to be sent to you.

It is easy to make a screen print, see here!

I will send this print to anywhere in the world and I'll pay the shipping costs. It may take several weeks if you live in a place far from California. Last time, it took 2 weeks to get a print to Australia! I will put the winner's name and Flickr page (if any) right below:

The winning bidder is: ???

-- now for the usual description ----

Large waves were rolling the cobblestones on the shoreline of Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California. This was taken a few minutes before a similar photo I uploaded to Flickr earlier. This one has the wave striking the sea stacks instead fo the cliff in front. No HDR


Canon 5D with Canon 17-40L @35
1/5 second exposure @F16 with 1 LEE ND grad 0.9
Cokin z-pro filter holder
ISO 50
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
Keen water shoes

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The Story
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There was a big storm and fortunately it began to clear out right at sunset. The rocks made a lot of noise as they rolled around. It made me feel like the entire beach of rocks would slide right into the ocean, carrying me with it! Be careful on this beach because it is easy to break an ankle and it is not easy to get back up the cliff even with a good ankle though anyone in decent shape can do it with care.

Some rocks are easy to step on and some are slippery but of course, the closer you get for a better shot, the more slippery they become.

The map shows the exact location.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of the
state Government. of California website
and the new Governor, Jerry Brown's website too. Have a look! It is Flash with my pics cut into layers for a 3-d slideshow. If you are into building apps, the State has opened up lots of data to the public, so check it out!


A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not!

Google Earth

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
Or Here:

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.


Omar alsuhaibani - عمر السحيباني, and 737 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. terrific pets [deleted] 90 months ago | reply


  2. Roser <needsmorecaffeine> 88 months ago | reply

    Strong and full of energy!

  3. martinbraunphotography.com 88 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture,well done.

    Thank's for sharing with us!

  4. Salete T Silva 86 months ago | reply

    Lindo demais parabéns!

  5. Blue Celt 85 months ago | reply

    Belle photo !

  6. Laurence  85 months ago | reply

    Super beautiful capture, Patrick.

  7. quick trail [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

    View for view!

  8. Geinis 83 months ago | reply

    Very Nice Shots

  9. masinka 83 months ago | reply

    Great composition and outstanding timing!

  10. artland 82 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  11. Maria Gemma - A Passionate Photographer 74 months ago | reply

    Excellent capture of the waves striking the rocks.

  12. ♥ Peg ♥Have a great day♥ 72 months ago | reply

    awesome shot in a wonderful scenery!

  13. bobcar43 72 months ago | reply

    Amazing!!! You nailed it...
    Hope you stayed dry...

    flickrAward 5+ (post1 – award 5)

  14. ! FOX 69 months ago | reply

    Great lighting
    Wonderful colors
    Great shot
    Wonderful work
    Great detail
    I like it, Good luck

  15. Nicole Bechaz 63 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot!

  16. unicorn 81 58 months ago | reply

    great snapshot

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