Night Surf

I love a winter storm at the Oregon coast. There is no better time than around Christmas where the weather rages around you outside and you can either brave the elements for a few photographs or sit inside by the fire enjoying the crashing waves from a warm, dry beach house. I can never resist going out for a shot or two and then I find myself hypnotized by the wave sets. I wanted to work the night surf so last night I set up my camera and experimented until I found the best exposure and then clicked off a few images. I love the deep blue surreal feel of the images that resulted from my first attempt. The long exposure blurred and smoothed out the water.

…but, they didn’t communicate the power of the crashing waves so, I switched to the 70-200mm 2.8 VR II for the extra speed and experimented some more until I came up with an exposure that better captured the brute force of the crashing waves…

The neighbors had a spotlight that lit up the foreground illuminating the waves as they exploded onto the rocky shore…

The challenge was having my camera aimed in the right place when the waves crashed. When photographing place like Shore Acres or Cape Kiwanda it’s easy to simply aim at the area where the waves are crashing and click whenever a big one hit. With the entire coast roaring with crashing wave after wave it was more of a challenge getting the waves I wanted in the frame. After watching the waves for some time I began to see the patterns as sets of waves came to shore, once I got the rhythm of the waves I was able to anticipate when and where they would crash…

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR, AF-S 70-200MM VR II on Lexar digital media