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Almost; but not Quite by Karen Willshaw

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Big tides and rough ocean conditions pounded the Cocos (Keeling) Islands recently. Waves crashed over the sea wall and swept coconut debris over ocean front properties. Bear in mind, this coral atoll is only 3 metres above sea level, so it doesn’t take much for the lower lying areas to be swamped.

What happens when you are waiting for “that” wave to come crashing over the wall, only to realise it is bigger than expected… RUN and at the same time take the photo!! In camera movement and this is what I captured. If I had stayed where I was,,, one wet photographer and one drown camera.

D700 | 24-70 | in camera movement |

International Womens Photography


I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • PineSinger
    PineSingerabout 1 year ago

    Love the motion blur effect

  • Thank you so much. Doubt I’d be able to do that again LOL

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 1 year ago

    WOW! Looks like a narrow escape Karen, but you got a good shot. I like the motion blur too.

  • LOL.. Yes it was Elaine. The power of the ocean over those few days was amazing.

    – Karen Willshaw

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Featured! International Women’s Photography!! Excellent work! Gena

  • Thank you so much Gena for featuring my image :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • LindaR
    LindaR11 months ago

    glad you saved your camera from drowning ~ the blur adds to the sense of the moment ~ well done! xx

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