Crrrrraaaaaaash!!!!!!!!

That's as close as I could come to making a crashing wave sound. I've shot and posted from here in Victoria Beach before. The surf was a little more lively than usual today.

What I learned in taking this photo: You've got to get a shutter speed of at least 1/250 in order to freeze the waves. 1/1000 is preferable, but given my ISO, which was already cranked up to 800, and aperture, f/9 in this case, the best I could do was 1/250. Turned out OK.
Excellent shot. I love Rapunzel's tower peeping out from the cliffs.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
that tower intrigues me so and that wave is excellently captured, makes stoties whirl around in my head and i must go and write them. thanks for the inspiration. aces!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
It turned out a lot better than "okay". A wonderful photo, so much depth to it.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Excellent catch of the water in motion. And I've been meaning t'tell you that I enjoy reading your "What I've learned." We really all should be doing that so the learning can be shared. I certainly learn something with most every picture I take. And speaking of learning, I actually asked a couple of gals at The Arch if I could take their picture. They were laying on the ground with their feet up on the arch, either taking pictures at the unique angle or just playing on their phones. Instead of taking their pictures without asking, I stepped up and asked if they'd mind if I took a photo of their creative position. They seemed embarrassed, as if they were surprised they'd been noticed doing something unusual. While the pic wasn't anything special and won't make it into my project, it represents my warming up to the idea of talking to strangers about a photo op.... And of course I thought of you during this little event!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
@lyndemc Just take the bloody shot Denise. It's always easier to seek forgiveness than to seek permission. They were probably so engrossed in their phones they wouldn't have known if you had taken a macro of them. :-)

BTW. The only thing I learn is to try harder.

Oh!! Nice shot Ron. (I used up all my words on Denise.)
posted February 22nd, 2017  
I love this place! Another wonderful shot of it.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Love the tower and the wave. Colors a bit strong for my taste.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Power of water comes through -- and drama of a cliff home too. Love this composition!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Super scene. Love the tower. Must have been quite a challenge to build. Cool timing for the wave.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
FAVtastic capture :)
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Love the spray of spume as the wave crashes against and runs over the rocks.. the tower is straight out of a faery tale and love seeing the houses, with the palm trees, further up the coast.. lovely textures/colours in the foreground too. the sky looks awesome - i'm seeing mostly flat grey/white rubbish.. the bushes and shrubs clinging to the cliff-face are lovely, giving some filigree textures against the sky.. This is well done Ron..
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Superb perspective, timing and colour Ron, fabulous detail from foreground to horizon and what a wonderful sky, an instant Fav. I also was going to make reference to Rapunzel's Tower but Babs @onewing and Jorlam @jorlam beat me to it, lol:)
posted February 22nd, 2017  
great emotion in the picture!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
I think it turned out so much better than "it's OK" Fabulous shot and composition. :) FAV
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Beautiful image! I've been there a few times. Fav!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
@stray_shooter that spot looks awesome! Just an FYI, your exif says you were shooting @ 1/1250. Either way I'm jealous of all the fabulous locations you have available to shoot photos!
posted February 22nd, 2017  
Fantastic photo. Thank you for adding in the technical details.
posted February 22nd, 2017  
@terryliv I am laughing so hard here. You're right, the girls wouldn't have even noticed if they're picture had been taken, but way back in the fall I took a sneaky picture of a couple in a restaurant and posted here, afterwards feeling bad about it and vowing to ask before shooting next time. Shocked myself by actually daring to ask for permission in St. Louis.
posted February 23rd, 2017  
Nice Crash !
posted February 23rd, 2017  
OK, except that it's a horizontal, that's a glossy magazine cover extolling the beauty of Orange County!!! You must have been behaving yourself lately as you were being smiled upon with the perfect clouds to backdrop the spray that arranged itself perfectly in one of OC's best locations! There, a trifecta, I believe it's called! I think your photo classes are paying off!
posted February 23rd, 2017  
@onewing Thanks Babs, it does have that fairy tale resemblance, doesn't it?
posted February 24th, 2017  
@summerfield Oh, man I am having my own visions of those stories. I assume they include shirtless studs and white horses? Or boiling pots of oil and screaming warriors?
posted February 24th, 2017  
@louannwarren Aw, shucks. Thanks for the uplifting words Lou Ann!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@lyndemc I'm so honored that I was on your mind as you were bothering total strangers! ;-) I'm with Poppo - just take the bloody photo!!! Thanks for the comments.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@terryliv Thanks so much for the kind, sparse comments. It's the thought that counts.....or so I'm told.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@888rachel Thanks Rachel! You remembered!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@tigerdreamer Thanks Karen. Yeah, I'm guilty of overboosting sometimes. In this case the sky was really gray and I had to do quite a bit of work to bring out the "character" in the shot.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@taffy Thanks Taffy. Happy to have you stop and comment.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@salza Thanks Sally. I'm sure it was hard to construct. It was built back in 1926 and it actually has steps inside that allow people to get back and forth between the cliff and the beach. Bette Midler owned the house that this part of until recently and I'm told she got stuck in the stairway at one time and had to be extracted.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@gilbertwood Thanks Denise - always grateful for those favs!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@jorlam I'm always astounded at the details that you find in the photos on 365. Thanks very much for your detailed comments!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@pcoulson Thanks Peter. I have to believe that the original constructors had Rapunzel in mind. I should have photoshopped some flowing locks coming out of the window!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@olenadole Thanks Nadia! Emotion is a great compliment - thank you!!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@novab Thanks Nova. Yeah, I guess it's a little more than OK. Thanks for the positive feedback.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@joysfocus Thanks Joy. You can't be a Southern California photographer and not visit Victoria Beach. All the sand was washed away on this visit. Those rocks are tough to navigate!
posted February 24th, 2017  
@kurtl525 Thanks Kurtis and you are absolutely correct! I misread the exposure numbers and it is indeed 1/1250. That makes a whole lot more sense as I would not have frozen that motion at 1/250. Very observant - and thanks for pointing out my error.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@josiegilbert Thanks very much for the comments Josie. I don't always include exposure details, but when it makes sense and when I think somebody else might learn something I'm happy to share. After all many of us are here to learn and improve our photography.
posted February 24th, 2017  
@jin1x Thanks Miss Sunkist. Nice Crash are words that don't often go together! ;-)
posted February 24th, 2017  
love this shot ... it's beautiful with the crashing wave and blue sky, but I find the tower against the cliff the most interesting...fav
posted February 25th, 2017  
The stop action of the waves is excellent! I can almost hear the crashing of the waves. Love the tower against the cliff - it adds that extra zip to the photo.
posted March 19th, 2017  
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