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Flying Into the Wind

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 25 January 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Model August - at Schwan Lagoon Beach - Santa Cruz, California

A remarkable morning. This is the north side of Monterey Bay during a break in a powerful storm that hit all of California for days last week. Winds that gusted to hurricane force and driving rains made getting here a bit of an adventure.

We both love the energy given off by these storms. Here - August's spirit takes flight - accompanied by some feathered escorts.


[note]: all of you who enjoyed last Tuesday's post here - will want to go 'window shopping' here tomorrow.

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

This must have been a magical moment, Stephen. Those birds add so much to the image.

25 Jan 2010 6:09am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

CRacking shot

25 Jan 2010 6:36am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

excellent composition and beautiful moment captured. those birds do fly by quickly. =]

25 Jan 2010 7:44am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful magical photo, great moment!

25 Jan 2010 7:57am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

j'aurais bien retiré toutes les mouettes qui sont coupées en deux pour ne garder que celles que l'on voit bien. Mais j'aime ce personnage face aux éléments

25 Jan 2010 9:34am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful scene. Like the feeling of freedom...

25 Jan 2010 10:17am

Lishasha from singapore, Singapore

This is really nice(: CLASSIC(:

25 Jan 2010 11:47am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

This is a really superb image - you have captured the "wildness" of the scene perfectly.

25 Jan 2010 1:18pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

You have captured the tension and energies of the elements very well. Alfred Hitchcock would be jealous.

25 Jan 2010 1:29pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Really beautiful! And such a rare concentration of bird! A beautiful shot!

25 Jan 2010 2:03pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

August looks as though she is ready to fly herself. This is beautiful with the swirling of the birds and the wide open sea with everywhere to go.

25 Jan 2010 3:50pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

breathtaking composition

25 Jan 2010 5:34pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image . Great moment captured !

25 Jan 2010 5:49pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is a great image, there's a certain feeling of freedom to it. I'd love to see a contrasty, silhoutte-laden black and white version.

25 Jan 2010 6:56pm

@digitalCG: I'll see what I can do...

k@ from Paris, France

No montage ? Superb compo as the birds seem to crown her !

25 Jan 2010 8:51pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

beautiful shot Stephen.....only a truly dedicated photographer would brave the elements just for a shot!!!

25 Jan 2010 11:48pm

@Susan: I'd be there even if I didn't have a camera, Susan. I love storms - especially storms along the coast. August feels the same way - she nearly begged me to bring her along. We had a great day together.

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

good one. do u already know that the birds wud be there?

26 Jan 2010 12:56am

@MK: Thanks for visiting MK - the birds were moving slowly because they were flying into the wind - so the answer is yes - I knew and even got several captures of them around her.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I feel that wind and hear the roar of the surf; back home in New Orleans I'd go to the Lake Pontchartrain seawall to experience the elements at their peak. Somehow I always felt God's power and presence in them and it was good. But never did I get a big flock of circling gulls to go with it, like your model has around her. Awesome!

26 Jan 2010 3:22am

@Viewfinder: I love Lake Pontchartrain. I can imagine what a storm looks like blowing across her! Have they finished repairing the bridge? Another treat in the region. I completely agree with your 'presence of God' assessment. You can't miss it if you are paying attention. Cheers.

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

very cool shot!!! fabulous.

26 Jan 2010 3:58am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fabulous! Love it!

26 Jan 2010 5:41am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

dive bombers!

26 Jan 2010 7:20am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

I grew up on the South west coast of Wales so I know your passion for storms !! This is a wonderful image..

26 Jan 2010 4:20pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

what a great shot - the feeling of freedom and power in this is fabulous - the birds really add to the scene.....well done...

26 Jan 2010 5:05pm

David from Detroit, United States

Very powerful-- even the rocks seem to be in motion.

27 Jan 2010 2:28am

jpdm from Pignans, France

she looks like if she was going to take off

30 Jan 2010 5:01pm