Ocean Gash

I absolutely love having the ocean as a subject for long exposures. No matter how wild and aggressive the seas are, a 30 second or minute long exposure will calm the scene right down and leave the viewer with a whole different world to look at.

On the day I shot this, the wind was absolutely howling across the water and the ocean was ripping into the gash in the lava rock on the left of the frame. Despite what may seem like a furious scene from my description, I found myself completely at peace just watching the water come in and go out. What better way to capture the mood than with a long exposure.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens, and a B+W 77mm 10-stop ND filter.

murphyz - August 15, 2011 - 7:17 am

Beautiful shot Heath, this scene looks pretty tranquil so without the write up I would assume it’s a nice calm body of water suitable for bathing in.

Alistair Cunningham - August 15, 2011 - 7:17 am

Great photo, that 77mm filter is a stock on my camera too. This seafront is better than Margate, Kent mind!

Dave DiCello - August 15, 2011 - 7:28 am

The water just look so smooth! Awesome work man, this is stunning

Brian Furbush - August 15, 2011 - 7:31 am

Great shot bud – absolutely love the transformation the water took on with the long exposure, and you nailed it.

Chris Nitz - August 15, 2011 - 7:37 am

Man, what a stellar shot. I’m loving the light blue water against the darker rock, and that texture is so good.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - August 15, 2011 - 7:50 am

The colors are amazing!

Jesse Pafundi - August 15, 2011 - 7:55 am

Absolutely love the wide angle distortion on the foreground rocks and that amazingly blue water. So good.

Len Saltiel - August 15, 2011 - 7:59 am

Awesome silky water. Gotta love those ND filters

Jim Denham - August 15, 2011 - 8:17 am

Beautiful scene Heath. Love the calming effect of the ocean and the overall mood of the image! Very nice!

Chris Frailey - August 15, 2011 - 8:52 am

Love the detail in the coral vs the smooth water. Awesome Heath.

A.Barlow - August 15, 2011 - 10:27 am

Nice shot on the exposure. Looks great! I think all the different shades of blue make this shot though. 🙂

Rick - August 15, 2011 - 11:02 am

Wonderful. Looks like a calm and peaceful scene!

Steve Beal - August 15, 2011 - 11:30 am

That 17-40 is lookin sweet! I love the warm colors and texture of the lava rocks!

Rich Williams - August 15, 2011 - 12:24 pm

That horizon is perfectly straight. I’m also loving the foreground and the stillness of the water due to the long exposure. 10-stop goodness.

Andy Gimino - August 15, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Wow…this foreground is killer! Very cool heath!

Gabi - August 16, 2011 - 5:56 pm

Wow, this is stunning! The contrast of the rock to the water is what makes the photo, and the long exposure is just perfection. I’ll definitely be coming back to your blog!

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