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Wild Wave

To paraphrase Forrest Gump…Photographing waves is like a box of chocolates:  you never know what you’re going to get.

I’m clearly a diehard foodie, because in this wave I see not only some milk chocolate browns, but also some frothy whipped cream whites and a splash of curacao blues!

What do YOU see?


Stacked Wave

I’m a sucker for clear, warm water.  In fact, during this shoot, which lasted about two hours, I went swimming not once, but twice!

Waves that are swimmable AND photographable:  for me, this is as good as it gets!

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!

beach 3

Another image of a moonlit beach on The Big Island (Hawai’i).  This is the third in a series of four images.  Tomorrow I’ll explain how I found myself doing night photography at zero-dark-thirty on these beautiful shores…

beach 2

A 30-second exposure in the middle of the night is enough to give plenty of detail to this beachscape on The Big Island (Hawai’i).

beach 1

See if you can guess what’s unusual about this image I took on The Big Island (Hawai’i) last December.   The graininess is a clue…  

Wave explosion 2

The convergence of water and land can range from calm and peaceful to destructive and even deadly.  This is “just” a wave hitting a rock, but the way the wave exploded into thousands of smaller droplets ricocheting in all directions was nothing short of amazing.  A shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second barely freezes the flying water!


Shooting waves, in some respects, isn’t that different from shooting wildlife:  they’re both beautiful, they can both move quickly, and there is (if you’re lucky) that one perfect moment when the gesture happens and hopefully you manage to capture it.

I can shoot waves all day.  Like a snowflake, each one is different.  Each one is beautiful.  Each one has a perfection that is very short-lived.  The snowflake melts or freezes to another, the wave breaks and crashes on the sand or the rocks.  What was is no longer.  Did you see?  Did you notice?

A strong offshore wind blew the top of this wave into the air and made it look like it was dancing.  The photographer captured the image and also did a little dance of delight, albeit nowhere near as graceful as the wave’s!  Fortunately the second dance was NOT documented (as far as we know)…

Sea Spray

The Malecon is the roadway that runs along the ocean in Havana. It’s a popular place for a drive, a stroll, or just to hang out and shoot the breeze.  Sitting on the seawall, however, is tantamount to tempting fate.  There’s always one wave that’s bigger than all the others…as these two young women found out.

I love the fact that they just happened to be wearing matching red shirts, which stand out against the white spay, which stands out against the blue ocean…

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title of the post, I assure you that this photo op was completely spontaneous.  Like the image in yesterday’s post, this one was also taken through the window of a moving bus.

frozen lava

A very fast shutter speed (1/1,000th of a second!) freezes chunks of glowing lava in midair as they plunge towards the ocean.  The fast shutter also freezes the wave droplets as they hit the basalt cliff and fall back into the sea.