I love watching waves.
The ocean has this way of being still and moving at the same time. I’ve been trying to capture that moment and I think I finally got it in this photo I made at Bandon Beach, Oregon.
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You have to watch the waves for awhile to figure out when the moment is going to happen. There will be a series of waves that come higher and higher and then the highest wave reaches up the shore and stops for just a moment before it goes rushing back down to the sea.
The trick is to figure out how far that last wave will reach and get your tripod firmly planted in the sand ahead of time. Give yourself a little room and use your zoom lens to make sure you stay in the dry sand. If the wave comes up farther than you anticipated, the water seeping into the sand will make your tripod sink and ruin your shot.
This image is a half second exposure which allowed me to capture the moment of stillness in the foreground and the rushing motion that came after in one single exposure.