Surf’s Up

My final afternoon at the beach I once again treated myself to a little photo time and my travels led me to Indian Beach (at Ecola State Park).  The surf was high, the light was soft and there were some great sea stacks to include in my compositions to provide an anchor.  I found one that was isolated and framed it to include the foreground surf…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VRf11  1/2 sec  100 ISO

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR
f11 1/2 sec 100 ISO


I liked the power of the waves and did not want to totally blur them down to cotton candy but, I also wasn’t in the mood for stop action, pounding waves.  I was in more of a reflective mood and found that some blur to soften the waves and yet not negate their power was just what fit my vision.  To find the shutter speed that best suited the effect I was looking to achieve, I began lowering the ISO to reduce any noise and clicked off a few frames.  I then began opening my aperture until I found the shutter speed that gave me just the right amount of blurring and waited for a wave set.