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Rock in Surf

Through the magic of continuous shooting at some crazy number of frames-per-second, I was able to capture the exact moment that this wave came into contact with this rock. This is the sort of thing that happens, quite literally, in the blink of an eye. ¬†Our minds register the water washing over the rock, but the nuances of the event escape our consciousness…like the way the wave explodes into hundreds of individual droplets before “re-forming” as foam…or how the rock, which is clearly a three-dimentional object, appears almost two-dimensional from this perspective…or how opaque the spray of even this crystal-clear tropical water becomes as it literally turns into “white water” before our very eyes.

Look at the shape of the rock, the scalloped edges standing out against the surf, and marvel at how many millions of times that rock was struck by waves to erode the way it has.

So much drama takes place each day in just this one square yard of shore…now multiply that to encompass all the coastlines of the world…most of it unwitnessed by humans…neat.

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Cresting Wave

When conditions are right, a wave will make a perfect arch as it collapses. ¬†Shooting late in the afternoon on a west-facing beach on Moloka’i, the waves were backlit by the setting sun, and seemed to be lit from within.

Isolating this section of wave, and freezing it in time gave it a somewhat surreal quality, didn’t it?

A split-second of geometric perfection collapsing into chaos, the smooth green water morphing into frothy white foam…

Every wave is unique, and I never get tired of shooting them!