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Asilomar Surf

By PatrickSmith  
This may be my last upload of the year. I've injured my finger and I can only type with one hand for a while!

First light at the northern tip the Monterey penninsula about 90 miles south of San Francisco. It was one of those mornings that really makes you feel so fortunate to be alive to see this in person. The birds were out and the surf was up. In the distance about 40 miles away to the north are the 3,000 foot Santa Cruz mountains.

This was another very 'refreshing' image to make but I had my plastic bag at hand. It may appear as though I sometimes make light of the dangers of the Pacific, but I do respect the sea. Just last week, a big wave rider named Peter Davi lost his life in 70 (yes seventy!) foot surf not far from here. He was preparing for the Mavericks surf contest by riding the big ones nearby.

I stay away from those!

0.3 second exposure @F16 with ND grad 0.9

Tags: California General Santa cruz Monterey Big sur Landscape and travel Asilomar

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phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 3:40PM
A wonderful shot Patrick,beautiful light and composition.


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FredF 11 1 France
10 Dec 2007 3:41PM
Lovely shot.

Guillaume 11 119 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 3:41PM
Very nice light and great movement in the waves. Nicely captured.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 3:42PM
Lovely light Patrick. Also like the elements of movement of the breaking wave, and the comparative calm of the surf nearest the camera, sheltered by the rocks.

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
10 Dec 2007 3:42PM
Crikey I'm first Grin.....

What a corker Patrick, love the spray you really get a feel of it.... Right I'll the rest comment now.....Grin
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
10 Dec 2007 3:42PM
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
10 Dec 2007 3:45PM
Text book stuff Patrick. Light is beautiful and the exposure is spot on.

10 Dec 2007 3:45PM
Totally amazing image, you have captured the water and lighting perfectly

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
10 Dec 2007 3:46PM
Nice capture of those powerful waves. Your images are stunning.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
10 Dec 2007 3:47PM
Like the details and lighting in this - especially on the waves - well captured.
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 3:48PM
Stunning light and composition.
Regards Cheesey.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
10 Dec 2007 3:55PM
You've captured the spray perfectly, I also like the light on the fg rocks and all the different shades of blue - quite right to respect the sea Patrick, stay safe!

Sarah *
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 3:56PM
Thanks for your comments!

Yes Martin, this is a sheltered spot as it is inside the bay and the big breakers are behind the rock to the left.

LOL Tony...sorry!

Thanks Sarah, I'll try my best.

Mike Gray 13 382 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:00PM
Stunning work as allways patrick.

Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:02PM
Good natural shot.
Grim1 11 49 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:10PM
Gorgeous blue tones and water movement.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
10 Dec 2007 4:12PM
I love crashing waves,reminds me of my childhood at the seaside playing 'chicken' as the waves slapped over the harbour wall !
Very well timed Patrick & lovely light,great clarity & sense of danger just you go steady !
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:13PM
There are so many different aspects to the water in this shot Patrick and all of them excellent. The spray, foam, and the rich blue of the deeper water.Excellent as always.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
10 Dec 2007 4:18PM
Love the surf - the spray - a great wave coming in from the distance - and the light is superb.
Nice one Patrick.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 Dec 2007 4:20PM
Some great waves captured in a good light

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 4:30PM
Thanks for stopping by! There are so many things happening in this area that is was hard to settle on anything.

Janet, is that why you are called 'Chase?' Because of the chasing waves? Okay, time to go capture some big ones just for you! The problem is that they break far offshore so I'll have to go to extremes I think to get one!

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:38PM
Super water capture Patrick. Don't blame you from keeping away from that other stuff... lol!

10 Dec 2007 4:39PM
quality composition!
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
10 Dec 2007 4:39PM
Flippin Wow Patrick, what a class image, the colours, lighting and rocks are stunning.

ChrisIW Plus
12 180 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:42PM
Wow! I just love this shot it really is stunning, what a capture!
10 Dec 2007 4:47PM
Stunning, great light, detail and composition.
ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:48PM
beatiful light and composition - you make it look easy.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 4:51PM
Thanks for dropping in!

LOL Jeanie, but I could get some great shots if I moved in a little closer!

I wish it was Ian. Fortunately, nobody sees what I do out there or I would be laughed off the beach!

10 Dec 2007 4:54PM
Just another stunning Photo for your portfolio
ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:55PM
The guys who make it look easy are the ones with talent. I am sure you work really hard at your images.

Never seen a duff upload from you yet, keep posting; it inspires the fog and rain bound English Smile
ashley 14 167 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:58PM
great shot patrick

great,comp,lighting & colours

Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 5:00PM
not bad Mr Smith Wink
Cormy 10 3 England
10 Dec 2007 5:00PM
Lovely pic.Gorgeous light and nicely composed.

dazzaman 11 631 England
10 Dec 2007 5:19PM
ur usual very high standard patrick

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 5:20PM
Wow truly beautiful capture! Light, sea, waves, sky the whole package!
Marilyn x
10 Dec 2007 5:25PM
Lovely light with a sense of movement and power as the waves crash in.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 5:29PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Well Ian, I am sun-bound for the time being. No hope for any decent light for at least a week! So much for the rainy season! Maybe next weekend.

Yes Marilyn, I tried to get everything that was happening into the frame at once. This is very close I think.

Kris76 11 Canada
10 Dec 2007 5:40PM
Another fantastic capture, Patrick. The light on those rocks and the water is just amazing .....

I think I will have to move closer to San Francisco Smile

KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
10 Dec 2007 5:50PM
Lovely capture - very refreshing!
I am so fed up with the grey rainy weather here Sad Not that the North Sea would ever be this colour! Still, I can look at this and dream Smile
samsalt1 11 34 4
10 Dec 2007 5:58PM
Wish I had some of that lovely light right now, it's been wet, windy and horrible here all day and I haven't wanted to go out. At least I can look this great image and almost feel the spray. Lovely !

norton 14 6 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 6:06PM
The colour and lighting in this scene are superb.
Great shot,well captured............

imagio 11 12 1 England
10 Dec 2007 6:34PM
Wonderful image as usual Patrick

MikeA 13 1.3k England
10 Dec 2007 6:44PM
Lovely movement in the water, like the contrast between the hard textured rocks and the surf Patrick.

martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 6:46PM
Probably a good move to avoid the 70' waves!!!
Lovely light Patrick and good capture of the wave movement, both near and far.
delz 14 4 New Zealand
10 Dec 2007 7:05PM
Excellent shot, love the way you have captured the waterspray. Your portfolio is impressive Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 7:52PM
Wonderful light and colour, superb movement of the waves.

Mounters 11 85 2 England
10 Dec 2007 8:21PM
Wonderful light and colours, super composition
phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
10 Dec 2007 8:30PM
Beautiful clean seascape.
We never see seas like this where we are.
It can be rough for sure but there looks like there's tons more energy in your relatively small looking waves exploding over the rocks.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 8:30PM
Thanks for your comments!

Come on over Kris, the water is... well cold but the weather is good....well too good usually for photography but anyway.....

Kathy, if we could just average out our weather, that would be perfect for good light I think!

Yes, Martin. Even an underwater housing for the camera..and me would help I think!

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
10 Dec 2007 9:06PM
Fantastic lighting on that rock Patrick, great image.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 9:18PM
Thanks Lisa!

Yes Guy, the rock in back is about 20 feet tall so the spray is above that. But the waves on the Pacific side to the left are much larger. These ones on the bay side are more manageable... and surviveable! My tripod was on a 6 foot tall rock above the sand I was still getting wet every time. I wanted to be close but still get a higher view out to the mountains. And the bigger waves were blocking them.

Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
10 Dec 2007 9:29PM
Superb colours in this one Patrick!
I love the mix of yellows and cyans and the composition is excellent.

Well done again!

GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 9:52PM
Love the clarity of light and your perfect timing Patrick, definately a 'glad to be alive' moment!

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 9:56PM
Outstanding capture Patrict!
martinw 13 251 England
10 Dec 2007 10:24PM
Wonderful light.
Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
10 Dec 2007 10:53PM
Wonderful light and really interesting effect on the sea spray.
10 Dec 2007 10:53PM
Excellent image, great light,
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
11 Dec 2007 12:13AM
Amazing light and your timing of the wave is perfect. That is some wave action on the outer rock. Can't imagine trying to conquer those!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
11 Dec 2007 12:44AM
HI Patrick-- I am happy to hear that you don't surf while photographing-- LOL!

As you can see, I am late again-- a pleasure to view this splendid image-- Ditto to all of the above, and have a great week!

leons29 10 South Africa
11 Dec 2007 3:36AM
This is very special
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 3:44AM
the wave action is well caught but it's a shame you got shadow on the foreground rocks, a strange composition with the rocks leading you to one side of the image instead of the usual into the image, it works well though leaving space for the ocean, nice one.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Dec 2007 5:23AM
Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I haven't been around today but I'll be catching up during the week.

Definitely Gil.....

You wouldn't want to Joline!

Yes Terry, I wanted a bit of open ocean in there and the shadow allows a view into the water with no glare, but some foreground still had light on the bubbles. I wanted a bit of everything in this one.

Jennnn.... Did I mention that the tripod was firmly attached to my surf board? lol...

Loads of danger behind the gorgeous image Patrick, you do the hard work for the delight of us chair bound commentators.
Lovely as ever and always a great pleasure to view.

All the very best
John_Duckett 14 386 2 Norfolk Island
11 Dec 2007 9:14AM
Another top draw shot Patrick... Must say you have one hell of a large top draw!!

paulsteds 14 123 England
11 Dec 2007 9:36AM
Super capture Patrick. I love the beautiful clean colours. I can almost smell the sea air and feel the atmosphere and action in those waves.
11 Dec 2007 11:46AM
Lots of ooooh's and aaaaah's comin' at ya from the East Coast.....Smile

As Always,
Suz Smile
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
11 Dec 2007 12:42PM
Good light and composition Patrick but I can't help thinking that the shot would have more impact if the wave was washing over the foreground rocks and mingling with the light.
Terribly picky aren't I. Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Dec 2007 1:55PM
Thanks for dropping by!

I do try Dougie, but you get out there in the freezing cold to get your shots so we're even!

LOL John (scallop)...

Yes Paul, it was VERY refreshing.

Thanks Suzan. Are you guys going to have a winter? We are getting the polar air constantly for several weeks now so you are getting the warm air.

John (slogger), that is when I'm running for my life! Actually I do have one like that just before I got hit, but the bigger ones go way over that rock and look messy. Ideally though, yes, so I made sure the foreground have a little foam in there.

11 Dec 2007 2:05PM

Outstanding..!!! Then your work is always, a pleasure to view.

Gavin ...
11 Dec 2007 4:22PM
Amazing very good its wonderful.
Hey P.....
Just back from NYC and it snowed the 2nd morning....Ice skated at Rockefeller Center as well. It was a Wonderful change to this Gorgeous Georgia weather.
Send some of your chilly weather this way, I would Luv it!

Have a great day,
Suz Smile
xinia 13 54
11 Dec 2007 4:39PM
12 12 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 4:48PM
Lovely seascape Patrick.

Regards Simon.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 5:01PM
Marvellous! Open the big one and you could be there.

piccy 12 8 Wales
11 Dec 2007 5:26PM
Imagine contemplating going out in 70 ft waves, let alone doing it - amazing. So sorry for the bad ending though - great shot as always.
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
11 Dec 2007 5:54PM
stunning photography Patrick.

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
11 Dec 2007 7:57PM
lovely light, I like how its caught in the folding waves
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
11 Dec 2007 8:34PM
Excellent shot, - looks so nice, - living in the Northern climate this time of year especially.

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 8:51PM
This looks so real and full of life Patrick. Great low lighting angle and drama.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
12 Dec 2007 2:21AM
Thanks for your comments!

I think you'll be getting it Suzan, though the cold air is stubbornly staying out west for now and heading north as it moves east.

Neither can I Freda. The front page of the local paper showed a giant wave today.

JudeC 11 6 3 England
12 Dec 2007 7:00AM
Cracking image - Jude.
12 Dec 2007 10:38AM
Great light in this simple and beautiful image. JNC
Nettles 11 England
12 Dec 2007 2:08PM
Absolutely stunning.
The light, the surf, the details, the colours --- all perfect.
Brilliant capture.
dawnmichelle 11 12 United States
12 Dec 2007 5:18PM
this like all your work is truely stunning
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 5:37PM
Great landscapes are more about timing than a lot of folk think imo. This is a perfect example.

AlanC1 11 1 England
12 Dec 2007 7:05PM
Superb as usual
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 8:28PM
Wow. What a composition and superb PF

Now wonder you were iffy about my frame Smile

Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
12 Dec 2007 8:57PM
This is just beautiful..the timing is just spot on...

Paree 13 616 3
12 Dec 2007 10:07PM
130 amazing
your pictures are so very beautiful,
they are worth all the attention they get
how very clever
SRSmith 10 1 United States
12 Dec 2007 10:18PM
Stunning work, really wonderful control of timing and exposure.
proz 13 205 United States
12 Dec 2007 11:40PM
Incredible detail and super exposure, the water is perfect I think. Lovely image Patrick!
KathyR 13 Canada
13 Dec 2007 6:28AM
Makes me want to drive down the west coast so badly! May make it as far as Vancouver over Christmas, but wish we had time to head south!
Such a beautiful shot, as always.
chesh 14 45 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 10:25AM
Well composed, brilliantly timed and just plain gorgeous.

ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 11:17AM
gorgeous light Patrick and I love the 'frozen' surf,
robway 13 318 Wales
13 Dec 2007 12:19PM
A fabulous shot as is the norm for you Patrick. The exposure is perfect as love the the way you've captured the spray. Lighting and composition is spot on.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Dec 2007 4:02PM
Thanks for looking in!

It does seem that way sometimes Dave (dp). Timing it is really hard sometimes, because you want to catch all of this motion in a non-chaotic way. And then there is the timing problem of being in the right place at the right time. I guess it is like that with everything in a way, timing and luck count for more than people realize.

John (laurel), you do make a different frame for each one, so it does fit in when you look at everything in your pf. So that is fine.

Well Kathy, next time keep going. I'll show you and whoever you bring around.

Thanks John (robway), but you don't see the rubbish shots I make!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Dec 2007 4:25PM
Thanks for looking in!

It does seem that way sometimes Dave (dp). Timing it is really hard sometimes, because you want to catch all of this motion in a non-chaotic way. And then there is the timing problem of being in the right place at the right time. I guess it is like that with everything in a way, timing and luck count for more than people realize.

John (laurel), you do make a different frame for each one, so it does fit in when you look at everything in your pf. So that is fine.

Well Kathy, next time keep going. I'll show you and whoever you bring around.

Thanks John (robway), but you don't see the rubbish shots I make!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Dec 2007 5:01PM
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
13 Dec 2007 5:31PM
amazing details in the LARGE version, Patrick!

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
13 Dec 2007 7:24PM
As good as it gets. Superb.
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
14 Dec 2007 1:51AM
Another beauty, well taken Sir, Spot on! Click!!!

suregork 13 33 1 Finland
16 Dec 2007 6:16PM
I like the light and dynamics in the photo, and the scene is beautiful. I would very much want to be there myself, as the weather over here has been total crap (dark, cold and wet, but no snow) the last month Sad..
wyatturp 12 2 England
16 Dec 2007 6:26PM
Well done Patrick

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Dec 2007 5:12AM
Thanks for looking!

I'll try to get back to you when my finger heals.

mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 11:32AM
Stunning work Patrick - execlent light, and I do like the waves breaking over the rocks.

Quote:I've injured my finger and I can only type with one hand for a while
I hope not your shutter finger!

Happy Christmas though, and a photogenic new year.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
17 Dec 2007 4:39PM
A fantastic capture Patrick, spot-on timing catching the waves, and the light is lovely.
17 Dec 2007 6:14PM
lovely lighting and action.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Dec 2007 5:23AM
Thanks for stopping by!

Matt, it is the small finger on my shutter (right) hand. And I'm right-handed. But I can still use my left hand to take the shots. No rock climbing for a while though! I hope you have a great Christmas!

Thanks Pete and Tina!

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2007 5:38AM
superb exposure Patrick, top image
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Dec 2007 9:01PM
Another awesome image Patrick, this is top drawer stuff as per usual
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
22 Dec 2007 1:24PM
This is a beautifully lit shot, Patrick. You have captured the power of the sea very well too. I would like to thank you for taking the time to comment on so many of my uploads over the past year and to wish you and your family a happy Christmas and a great new year.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
22 Dec 2007 4:37PM
The finger is slowly getting better but I'm still writing with one hand, so I won't be out on EPZ for a couple of weeks I think.

Thanks Chris and Edmund!

Ted, here's to a happy Christmas and new year to you and your family as well. You've put up a lot of great shots this year and I bet there will be lots more in the new year!

22 Dec 2007 6:33PM
What a great capture. Your images are always so sharpe and clean
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 11:40AM
Beautiful fressh feel

hope thy digit's better Smile

Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
24 Dec 2007 7:01PM
Great capture! Timing and lighting spot on.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy click filled 2008. Thanks for all your comments and clicks.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
25 Dec 2007 12:44PM
Hi Patrick,
Sorry to hear about your finger,hope it mends soon. This is a wonderful image, the motion,textures,detail,colour/tones,perspective,lighting and presentation.
Hope you are having an excellent day today and wishing you a healthy,peaceful and prosperous year for 2008. Take care,AnnSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
28 Dec 2007 6:17PM
Ohhh...this is fine fine FINE, Patrick. Your finger ok, now?

Merry X'mas, my man, and I hope 2008 sees no digits harmed Smile

kcranmer 10 22 United States
30 Dec 2007 2:48AM
Absolutely stunning...I hope your finger heels!
colin 13 697 5 Scotland
31 Dec 2007 6:18PM
Sorry I missed this one, Patrick. I've been a bit hit and miss on EPZ recently. Love the upward motion of the water captured here. Looks fabulous.
Hope the fingers all better nowWink
Have a great Hogmanay (New Years Eve in Scotland).
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
3 Jan 2008 7:59PM
Thanks for dropping by, and for the kind wishes! They mean a lot to me.

My finger is partially better but I need to have some work done on it next week, so I'll probably upload a new one on Monday while I can still use my hand.

LOL Colin, I had a great Hogmanay!

jan 1 14 12 Netherlands
3 Jan 2008 8:22PM
Hello Patrick.
Long time no see. Happy New Year to you.
Myself, I am too busy with uploading daily pictures at (Janone) so no time left so far for epz aswel, but I intent to in near future again.
The main reason, I visit your site and atmire you fantastic picture, is, I mentioned your name and portfolio to an other photographer from Califonia, who also upload on treklens. His name is Vincent James.
Will be nice when he have a look on your portfolio too.
Very best wishes from Jan1
See you later.
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
3 Jan 2008 11:07PM
Very very nice Patrick.


Happy 3rd EPZ Anniversary....Smile

Happy New Year's,
Suz Smile

PS: Hoping your sore pinky is all healed by now.....Smile
pfheyes 14 254 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2008 9:16PM
Great work, Patrick. I love the contrast of the warm light on the rocks against the cooler tones of the sea. I love the contrast of the blur of the sea against the pin sharpness of the rocks, and I like the capture of the distant crashing wave as this provides a focal point to lead the eye to. In short - I love it. Smile

vparmar 13 7 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2008 7:08AM
lovely lighting and composition

tmann 13 4 2 United States
10 Jan 2008 3:43PM
woiw, you can almost feel like you are there!
Dotrob 12 Wales
13 Jan 2008 11:29AM
Superb lighting and colours, hope the finger gets better soon.
jstock 10 2 Scotland
22 Jan 2008 11:47PM
Fantastic light on the surf, and you've captured so much interest in the movement of the water. Damn cold that water isn't it? Smile
Cheers, Jon
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 Jan 2008 4:19AM
Thanks for your comments!

3 Years Suzi? Aargh!

Yes Jon, it is cold but I still use water shoes. It's about 54 (12c)

evelen 13 5 England
25 Jan 2008 7:10PM
excellent capture and colours.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Jan 2008 2:37AM
Thanks Evelyn!

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
21 Mar 2008 2:38PM
Lucky 190 Happy Easter.

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