This body boarder has achieved the Nirvana of being in the tube; you can see his track as he leaves the tube. Now the task is to get back over the lip of the wave without being crunched by the collapsing wave.
Although the Newport Wedge is only about 100 meters wide, it's one of the most challenging waves in the world. As waves approach shore, they bounce off the jetty's boulders causing a refraction wave which merges at an acute angle with the swell. This increases the size of the wave by 50%. The last photo I posted lacked the stability and freedom of a tripod. Vowing to improve, I started following the surf report. When a storm generated in the Antartic near New Zealand produced a big swell, I jumped into action. I wasn't alone, there were also 3 TV news cameras and 50 other photographers out hoping to catch the perfect shot on this 20 foot wave. The photographers actually out-numbered those brave enough to challenge this wave; but in this small area, 30 challengers looked a bit like rush hour.
PP: Nikon Capture, D-lighting, Color Mode IIIa, convert to JPEG. PS: Smart Fix 7%, Frame and save for web.
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nex (2738) 2006-06-29 1:40
Hi Larry a good photo my friend, I was wondering that this could be the Banzai Pipeline, but after opened your image and saw that this is Newport...
well a good photo
great day ;)
nebeesley (77) 2006-06-29 1:52
I do like the shot a lot, but hope you don't mind me saying that I would have liked it even more if the second person's head wasn't in the picture. Love the track, love the green and the round and soft forms of the foam against the action of the wave...Good one :)
weswang (18223) 2006-06-29 23:22
Hi Larry, You have well captured the dynamics of the wave and the surfer. You have done a great job to use the zoom lens for this action picture. An impressive image.
afshinazizi (6) 2007-06-29 8:24
Great decsive moment.Framing,position and ... are really great.Very well done.
- Copyright: Larry Carolan (lcarolan) (948)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-20
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Tamron 200-500 mm, 1.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-29 1:34