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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


January 1, 2020 — Sonoma County coast

First it was the sound and fury. Then it was the form and color.

Actually it was always the form and color.

(Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Wow. That definitely gives the impression that you were about to get soaked. Giving it a second look appears that you actually were under water. And a third look, with a little imagination, seems like it’s a gigantic tidal wave about to inundate a city on a hill. Awesome shot, Mike.

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    • Thanks for noticing. That’s what grabbed me too. 90% of the composition happens after the fact, since the wave moves so fast. As I was reviewing the shots I saw the parallels and cropped to emphasize them.


  2. I love it, Michael – so much energy, with the added disconcerting feeling of not quite being sure whether you’re in the wave or on it. 🙂 Beautifully done!

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    • Thank you! With shots like this, one has to just keep shooting. The magic is discovered in it the image review after the shoot. About 500 shots a day for five days. I’ll be reviewing for weeks.


      • 🙂 It’s true, the waves move way too fast to know what you’re getting, and I know you like opening up the goodies later on and seeing what’s there, and what the possibilities might be.

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