Its the picture that comes first. Always the picture ;-)

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75 responses

  1. Impact is right! Super job getting this shot Adrian!

    March 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Thank you Phil! Much appreciated. :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  2. Wow! This is great on so many levels. I got the impact BEFORE I read the title.

    March 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    • Thank you Nia! :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  3. Superb shot, Adrian. :)

    March 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    • Thanks very much Sylvia. Having been in the firing line quite a few times myself in pursuit of a picture, I rather enjoyed this one. We were all standing well back having seen the waves crashing over the end of the sea wall. This chap decided he’d get a little closer giving me a nice picture opportunity..

      March 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

  4. A daring photographer!! Or a foolish one!

    March 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    • It is sometimes difficult to know where to draw the line Chris. :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  5. That’s great! Not sure I would have been willing to put my gear, or myself, at risk of being soaked for a photo of water! Great capture!

    March 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    • Thank you Robyn. I’ve been close a few times but I’m learning there is always that one wave that will soak you if it can so I give the ocean plenty of room to do what it does so well, behave unpredicatbly

      March 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  6. That’s gorgeous and really evokes the senses!

    March 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    • Thank you very much Vivian. With the surfers from yesterday and this wave, it was a worthwhile trip onto the sea wall although a little uncomfortable in the wheelchair as the surface was very uneven.

      March 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm

  7. Rich Proctor

    Simply brilliant!

    March 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    • Thank you Rich!

      March 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  8. Great impact, but what about the camera, I know we will do just about everything to get the shot, but if that camera go wet!!!
    I don’t think I have ever seen waves like that, I am pretty you wouldn’t really see them here, I am going to have to come there one and see them for myself, but if it’s okay I might stand a bit further back.

    March 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    • Thanks Leanne. I recently bought an “anorak” for my camera that completely covers everything but the lens. You operate the camera through two sleeves and there is a hole at the bottom for the tripod. A must when photographing on the coast when it’s windy because although the D800e is weather sealed, I like to keep the salt spray off it which after a short time, although you can’t see it necessarily, you can taste it on your lips. The camera would probably survive quite a deluge of water with the cover but I do like to keep my distance, hence me photographing the man not the man photographing me :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      • That would be me too. I have some of those sleeves I think, I got them when I was photographing the cycling if it is raining. I should chuck it my camera bag for the coast.
        I would have photographing the man too. :)

        March 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  9. Wow! This is all about capturing the moment…well caught!

    March 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    • Thank you Sue. I was waiting for the wave and when the man walked closer to the end of the sea wall I thought ‘this is going to make an interesting shot if a big wave comes along’ and it did, right on cue! :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      • :-)

        March 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      • :)

        March 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  10. Brilliant.

    March 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  11. Weldone great shot.

    March 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    • Thank you Lou! Much appreciated as always! :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  12. Janice

    Wow, great capture!!

    March 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    • Thank you very much Janice!

      March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  13. poppytump

    Fantastic spray curtain ChillB !

    March 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    • Thank you Poppy. :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  14. Whow…love it.

    March 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    • Thank you Geert!

      March 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  15. I was photographing near the surf break of the waves and it is very risky. And it had no anorak for the camera!
    The photo is wonderful. Congratulations.

    March 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    • Thank you Isabel. I guess the safety of the camera does need to come before the picture sometimes. :-)

      March 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  16. leecleland

    Incredible shot! The man really adds to the awesomeness (if there is such a word) of the wave breaking.

    March 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    • Thank you Lee. It is definitely useful to have people in your pictures sometime to add scale or drama.

      March 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

  17. wow…incredible on so many levels!!!

    March 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    • Thank you Heather!

      March 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

  18. :-) Don’t you wish you could see the image he/she captured?! Love your shot of making the shot Adrian!!

    March 27, 2014 at 12:46 am

    • Thank you Tina! I prefer to use my zoom these days, I’ve been wet a few too many times to say the least. :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

  19. Glad you were further back Adrian. Fantastic image. Very impactful indeed.

    March 27, 2014 at 2:53 am

    • THank you Edith, I figure getting closer is what longer lenses are for when it comes to the ocean and the prospect of getting wet. :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

  20. I’m just rather glad that wasn’t you out front! ;)

    March 27, 2014 at 5:32 am

    • Thank you Gunta. I was initially a little irritated that this chap was in my shot and then I realised he was the shot! :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

      • He’s so much better than my tripod guys! Definitely a plus! :)

        March 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

  21. Great image Adrian……a love the fact that the wall of spray totally blocks out the landscape and the post/other photographer add context and work really well compositionally.

    March 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    • Thank you Mark. I cropped a larger picture to get to this. I often play around with the crop tool. It can totally transform a picture sometimes.

      March 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

      • I agree….in fact it’s rare I post a photo without any cropping at all.

        March 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

      • :-)

        March 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

  22. Wow….. That is some capture Adrian. The figure adds to the drama. I guess you played it safe and stood back a little ;-)

    March 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

    • Thanks David, I was all set up, waiting for the wave and this chap just wandered into my viewfinder. I was initially a little irritated until I realised he was the shot.

      March 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

  23. Great timing! I also liked your comment about the guy being an annoying obstruction until he became the shot :D
    PS. What’s the make of your ‘anorak’? It sounds like a useful bit of kit.

    March 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • Thanks Noeline. I bought the ‘anorak’ on Amazon I suspect it won’t last too long, the draw cord around the lens hole could be better, but it does the job and allows photography in the rain. You still have to keep wiping the lens but the camera and lens are kept dry and that’s the main thing. :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

  24. Scary, thrilling and spectacular – great shot!

    March 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    • Thank you Mary! :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  25. Awesome photo!

    March 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    • Thank you very much Hans!

      March 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  26. A peach Sir – tweeted you :-)

    March 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    • Thank you Scott! Much appreciated.

      March 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

  27. My response when I saw this? Holy sh*t! Unbelievable shot!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

    March 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    • Thank you Amy! :-)

      March 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      • NO, thank YOU!!!! Love, Amy

        March 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      • :-)

        March 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

  28. There is no question. I followed.

    March 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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  30. Terrific shot – a fantastic wall of water, Adrian. The man makes the shot. I’ve searched the comments above to learn if he outran the deluge that is about to swamp him or got a soaking. Do tell!

    March 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    • That’s the key to the picture I guess.. we’re all left wondering what happens next.. well I’m not of course but as it’s you Andy, I’ll spill the beans. As this particular wave hit the wall, he was very lucky, the force was diverted straight up meaning the water pretty much came stragith down again and he escaped with just a very light splashing. I expect if he’d taken this shot 10 minutes later on a rising tide, he’d have been soaked. The sea wall was was doing a very effective job at keeping us all fairly dry.

      March 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

      • I’m not sure whether to be disappointed ore relieved. Relieved I guess for his camera, but disappointed that he didn’t get what he really deserved. By the way just seen confirmation of your LRPS award in the RPS Journal. It’s official! I’m looking forward to news of your ‘A’ soon.

        March 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      • I know what you mean. :-) I did notice the mention the in the RPS Journal, just a few more weeks for my A referral to be reassessed. I’ll be out re-taking the two pictures I need to re-submit this week. Fingers crossed.

        March 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  31. And then the soaking!! I hope that guy’s camera is water resistant.
    :-) great shot.

    March 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    • Thank you Karen, I hope so too! :-)

      March 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

  32. Wow – that is just one fantastic photograph, Adrian, I love it. I like the way the perspective is so flat, too, and the subdued palette – they balance out that intense energy.

    March 31, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    • Thank you very much Lynn!

      April 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

  33. Breathless shot.

    April 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    • Thanks John. It turned out to be a very rewarding trip along the sea wall. Not constructed with wheelchairs in mind, the granite blocks were a little bumpy and uncomfortable to say the least but I got a good shot for my trouble

      April 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm