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Man this was one of the hardest shots I’ve taken. It’s a moonlit wave breaking against a cliff. The problem is that in order to shoot water under moonlight you have to do a long exposure (usually over 5 seconds) but when you do that it all tends to smooth out and lose any shape to the wave. In order to get the action of the wave break therefore I had to keep the exposure to at least a second. But to do that I had to push the ISO through the stratoshphere (ISO 1600) and then had a tonne of noise to get rid of. Anyway, I kind of like the result and thought I’d put it up to see what you think. The light parts of the sky are actually the seaspray caught in the light of the moon which is just out of frame.
If you’ve never seen storm waves under a full moon you really are missing something spectacularly beautiful. This sea swell was 4m and those cliffs are 50m high so you can get an idea how big that wave break is. Just standing off to one side watching wave after wave pound against that cliff under the eery light of the moon was just sheer magic despite me and the gear getting absolutely soaked with seaspray. Hope the camera still works – too scared to test it – may have been the most expensive night out of my life lol.

Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
Tv: 1 sec
Av: f/2.8
ISO: 1600
FL: 1600

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ocean, sea, storm, water, night, wave, royal, moon, stars, moonlight, nationalpark, cliff, fullmoon, bundeena, waterrun

Comments

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 6 years ago

    OMG! awesome beautiful brilliant work!! lovel it!! and you got stars too! amazing capture

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 6 years ago

    Have you tried setting noise reduction in this sort of situation, Geoff? It takes longer to write to the card, but it does make a difference to the noise in the final result. I do like what you’ve done here, sure hope the camera is ok! My 5D has come out pretty damp, and it doesn’t have the sealing that yours does….I’m sure it’ll be fine :)

  • I’ve found it slows the writing to the card too much, particularly as I’m often doing continuous exposures. Plus I read an interesting review on in-camera noise processing once that made the pretty sensible observation that a little processor in your camera couldn’t hope to compete with a Mac processor and dedicated noise reduction software. You can also specify the profiling of the image for noise reduction in programs like Noise Ninja plus the strength of the processing so I use it instead.
    Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes I’m hoping the weather sealing is salt as well as water resistant so we shall soon see when I next go moon-hunting.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Cazzart
    Cazzartalmost 6 years ago

    wow…a stunning shot… well done its amazing

  • Judi Corrigan
    Judi Corriganalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely spectacular work Geoff ~ hope the camera survives to take more of the same

  • ThinWhiteJimmy
    ThinWhiteJimmyalmost 6 years ago

    thats wicked

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonalmost 6 years ago

    That is a seriously challenging photo situation Geoff and the results are great although something as amazing, huge and active as this is very hard to capture in a still frame, wish I was there. Good luck with the $$$$$camera$$$$$.

  • Thanks Travis – definitely a lot easier to capture under sunlight but I thought it was worth a go.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonalmost 6 years ago

    congratulations on thinking outside the normal square with your photography and technique Geoff ! – I think the result is nice without being jaw dropping…though no doubting how rewarding it would be – well done !

    :)

  • Thanks Tony I really appreciate that comment as I do like to test the boundaries of what’s possible (plus I have a serious moon addiction lol). Yeah it’s not a jaw-dropper but moonlit shots do tend toward the subtle.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Nicola Schultz
    Nicola Schultzalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful, atmosphere is wonderful, and your story takes me there, by the ocean, and the crashing waves, love the light of the seaspray

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 6 years ago

    The result is a dream…
    not matter the using….of any technicque…though it is really intersting to read about it.
    Your love for Nature and its “inmmortalizing” is what matters….you have done a wonderful experience for ur to share…thanks for your art and efforts.
    Rosa

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 6 years ago

    The result is a dream…
    not matter the using….of any technicque…though it is really intersting to read about it.
    Your love for Nature and its “inmmortalizing” is what matters….you have done a wonderful experience for ur to share…thanks for your art and efforts.
    Rosa

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