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Wild Surf

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 27 June 2008 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Along the Sonoma coastline - California - near Jenner.

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Thomas Griffioen from Bocas del Toro, Panama

Wow! This looks wild, also because of the rock in the back! I have seen a lot of surf photos, but this one is different. I can almost feel the laundrymachine... :-)

27 Jun 2008 5:24am

@Thomas Griffioen: Thank you, Thomas - the surf was as impressive as it looks here. What made this amazing was the sunlight poking through the considerable marine overcast made it possible to get good highlights of the surf without burning out parts of the exposure.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

superb! another stunner! so much raw and beautiful power! that spray is simply amazing... bravo!

27 Jun 2008 5:55am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, DJ.

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Oh my... What is it today that a lot of the people I have in my blogwatch post the most fantastic works on this friday? :-) This one is truly briliant. One of your best for sure ... Check out Ian Branham's pic if you want to know what I mean with the other pics from my blogwatch ;-)

27 Jun 2008 6:19am

@Shun: Mirko - thank you very much. And you are so right about Ian's amazing post today. Walk in joyous light...

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

Wild and beautiful

27 Jun 2008 6:30am

@Marie Le Corre: Thank you, Marie.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

This is a great photo. You've taken the picture from a great angle. Handy having a bird flying across the face of the wave too which adds interest and helps you relate to the size of the wave. Nice one.

27 Jun 2008 6:42am

@Mike: You found the bird! Thank you for the kind words.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Awesome shot.

27 Jun 2008 7:22am

Vink from Magagnosc, France

Amazing photo ! Great capture !

27 Jun 2008 7:31am

Brian from Seattle, United States

Fantastic photo, the waves are so dynamic. well done.

27 Jun 2008 7:49am

Klaus from Augsburg, Germany

Oh man, also my opinion, one of the best!! - Great captering, very nice contrast!

27 Jun 2008 8:58am

@Klaus: Thank you very much, Klaus.

Alisha from Bielefeld,Germany, Germany

thast cool i like thsi one ,good shot stephan

27 Jun 2008 9:06am

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Great shot,fantastic surf..Realy well done.

27 Jun 2008 9:39am

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks, Anthony. You might enjoy reading my response to Sherri, regarding this image.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a stunning shot!!!

27 Jun 2008 10:20am

@hugo poon: Thank you, Hugo.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Stunning, ominous, splendid, terrific, incredible...words fail me.

27 Jun 2008 1:38pm

@sherri: Thanks, Sherri - and a confession.

This image has enormous meaning to me. One of my dearest friends - Breck Alexander - lived nearby, in the small coastal town of Jenner - and was dying of cancer. I was told by his step-daughter to expect my visit this day to be the last. I reached this spot and came down to the surf to gather myself before going to the house.

I spent a long time here. Meditating. Offering prayer. Taking some photos.

My visit was profound and very good. There was beautiful closure for both of us. He knew exactly where he was in the process of leaving. I gave him a massage. We talked frankly. We kissed and hugged. We said good-bye. He passed the next morning.

If you would like to see a picture of Breck:

alex centrella from California, United States

another stunning image..where you in the water, or just a long telephoto lens..

27 Jun 2008 3:39pm

@alex centrella: Alex - Thanks for the visit and comment. I was at Goat Rock, along the Sonoma Coast of California. There is a jetty that extends from the shore to the rock and allows one to be out along the surf without being in it. You may clickon the following link to view the same image on my website. This image is 'Geotaged' and will allow you to view a map of the area:


alex centrella from California, United States

were , i

27 Jun 2008 3:40pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

I'm so sorry for your loss, Stephen. The story with the photo is so moving! He looked like a wonderful man! The photo is incredible!

27 Jun 2008 5:58pm

@Betty: Betty - thank you for your thoughtfulness and kind words.

bruno from les Ollières, France

we can feel the strength of the ocean.nice shot.

27 Jun 2008 6:45pm

@bruno: Bruno - thanks

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

What an impressive picture !! Bravo. And a moving story about your friend.

27 Jun 2008 9:32pm

daina from United States

Impressive force and dramatic light - very effective image!

28 Jun 2008 1:06am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Incredible force and power. You've captured it well. I like the choice of greyscale.

28 Jun 2008 3:51am

@sherri: Sherri - a commentary on the day - this image is full color. You can see hints of it in the rocks toward shore.

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Very nice image I like the story near my heart also as I hate cancer, The Photo of Breck is awesome.

1 Jul 2008 9:34pm

@See The Light: Mary - it is good to hear from you. Breck and I go back together into the seventies - I miss him a bunch. And so it goes...

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Wow! I wonder where you were standing and how your equipment survived. Is that with a long lens?

3 Jul 2008 8:22am

@yz: yz - thanks so much - Alex Centrella asked the same question - if you scroll up to that response you'll find a link to the image on my website which is 'Geo-tagged' and will take you to a Google map of where I was.

The image was shot with a Canon XTi with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens with a 1.4 tele-extender = 280mm - ISO400 - 1/4000th sec - f/7.1

I used the Rebel as opposed to my 5D so as to get the further telephoto effect (280mm x 1.6 = 448mm effective)

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, what a powerful shot, great!

3 Jul 2008 8:51am

@Stefan: Thanks, Stefan

Claus from Herfølge, Denmark

You have really captured the full force of nature here! great shot!

18 Jul 2008 9:33pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Impressive picture. Great!

26 Jul 2008 12:59pm

Jean-Benoît Maréchal from Dinant, Belgium

Great shot. Strong atmosphere.

13 Aug 2008 11:32am

@Jean-Benoît Maréchal: ...thanks - this image has strong personal meaning. I appreciate your comment.

Manu from Arbois, France


22 Aug 2008 6:12am