Wave Surge at Point Reyes

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© Matt Granz
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Photo Info
UploadedFebruary 22, 2010
TakenFebruary 20, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/5 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length12 mm
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

While out at Point Reyes this weekend, I was seeing if I could do some long exposure stuff, when a sudden wave surge happened.

I saw a set of two huge waves breaking out about one hundred yards or so from me. I have grown up on the beaches of California, so when I saw this I immediately knew that though I was on a high spot around four feet above the sandy floor, that this tidal surge was going to make it up to where I was.

I also knew I was not going to make it to higher ground in time so I made sure my footing was sure and my tripod as well. I shot this one picture as the waves overtook me and then grabbed my camera and proceeded to hold it up over my head as the water went up over my knees.

Quite the thrilling experience… I hope to never repeat it!

14 responses

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    wow! glad you could save the camera! and that you shot this fab photo!! great movement and color!!

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    great shot!!

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    Mesmerizing shot.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (22 Feb 2010):

    Great shot, but next time forget the photo and run.

  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    Beautifully done!!!

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    amazing shot

  • Gustavo Boyzo

    Gustavo Boyzo gave props (22 Feb 2010):


  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    Love it...thanks so much for the background on taking this, so much fun!

  • s w

    s w gave props (24 Feb 2010):

    what an incredible capture! oustanding work

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    WOW! just terrific!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (9 Mar 2010):

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, Matt!!!

  • Judy Abolafya

    Judy Abolafya (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):


  • charu ram

    charu ram gave props (2 Jan 2011):

    great capture!

  • Brenda Perez

    Brenda Perez gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    love the colors

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