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Incoming

I didn't intend to upload this one, it was a bit of an accident having fallen foul of the Lightroom "publish collection" bug - I thought I was playing with a different image and this one uploaded instead!

 

Anyway, it's here now, so here's the story. This was shot on Boxing Day 2011 in New South Wales, Australia. There was a sub-tropical storm hanging about offshore (it actually rained on Christmas day - can you believe it?!) that caused a 6m swell such that all the beaches were closed. Instead folk were gathering on the rocks that were being pounded by the incoming waves.

 

In retrospect I was a wee bit daft getting close to these big waves with a 17mm such that I was jumping out of the way as the shot was taken before the wave landed! The sun was rising behind where the waves were coming from so I wanted to use the wave as a diffuser and have the sun illuminate the wave from behind, trying to freeze the motion as much as possible. I really like the effect, and love the almost molten look to the rocks and reflections. Was quite a morning, and this was a shot I'd almost forgotten about!

 

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Taken on December 26, 2011