Oui, le Mistral
The little Cote d'Azur bay formed by the west coast of the Presqu'il de Giens and the mainland is one of the choosiest wind surf spots of Europe. Because of the shape of the bay and of course the Mistral. The bay is 5 - 10 m deep. At some distance from the beach the bottom rises fast and the incoming surfers have to make a sharp turn and/or brake.....and some perform a spectacular jump in the process of lowering their speed. And most enter the surf with care, fully concentrated.
This is #3 of the Mistral triptych. After posting the first two I got distracted. They are here: Zut, le mistral and Ah, le mistral
The context of this triptych: In the summer of 2009 we rented a little beach villa in L’Almanarre (Hyères) and we had to walk just a few steps to go to the beach and/or capture this kind of scenes. In the sous-sol / garage of the villa we stayed in, lived former professional wind surfer Titou. And his love Celine Chat was there often to work on her art or prepare it for transport to an exhibition. The surroundings, the stories of Titou and Céline and her surf art (which was also in the beach villa) meant a delightful total immersion in the surfing world.
Check out the workshop for a bird (well actually it was B737-700)'s eye perspective of L’Almanarre and the bay.
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rbassin (22783) 2012-03-18 8:02
Une très belle composition, de superbes couleurs de cet instant de sport.C'est également bien cadré
aliabazari (16168) 2012-03-18 8:39
Nice Excellent Still Image Resolution. Is based on the dynamics and motion pictures. Hands of powerful women and men seem to. I love this beautiful picture of the potential energy well.
Thanks for sharing
angel66 (1006) 2012-03-18 11:31
all photos are interesting. Colours are so well saturated and sharpness is perfect. Very good quality!
Also interesting the courage and the strenght of these guys! :)
Have a nice evening
danos (97765) 2012-03-18 12:11
nice the view of this brilliant snapshot with the brilliant light to enhance the vivid colours of the image.I like the contrast of the colours with the yellow helmet of the woman, to be the eye catcher of the image.
Have a good week,danos
Sonata11 (33795) 2012-03-18 19:53
wonderful capture of this scene. Fantastic catch at perfect moment. The vivid colors, sharpness, clarity, POV are excellent. I like this interesting composition. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
UlfE (14641) 2012-03-19 12:14
What a stunning shot! I am really impressed by the very high image quality. Everything is perfectly exposed which is a bit unusal in such a strong lighting. Excellent sharpness and colours. TFS and have a fine week!
cavli (1876) 2012-03-20 2:27
great contrast and colors. well framed and composed. quite sharp image and well seen desicive moment.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-20 12:21
Excellent combination of colores..i love the contrast between the wellow helmet and the blue of the windsurf..superb shot! very well done
Royaldevon (38776) 2012-03-21 2:36
A fine photograph with strong colours and sharp details.
I love your composition, with the board creating a most unusual f/g triangle; the surfer is strongly positoned and there is a natural lead from her to the floating sail.
Have a lovely day,
CLODO (34164) 2012-03-23 6:42
I have been to this beach a day when the mistral was blowing. it was fun for the surfers but not for me, too cold. You got a good close up of the lady, and the yellow helmet gives the force of the wind and the possible crash in the sea, as hard as concrete when they sail at quick speed.
Didi (60588) 2012-04-04 18:46
Je note ici un cadrage seré parfait avec une bonne mise au point sur le sujet.
Les couleurs sont très appréciables.
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13362)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-04
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix G1, Lumix G VARIO 45-200 f/3.5-5.6 OIS, SanDisk SDhc X3 8GB, Hoya HD Protector 52 mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Surfing the Wave, People in the frame. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 7:16
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