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A shot I took the other day while on a trip “down to the shack” with my sons.
There is a rock formation some mates and I have always called “The Seal”. When the sand is at a certain level, it looks just like a fur seal, until you are right upon it.
I was getting a few pics of the wash coming gently around the back of it. It was creating some nice lines, when all of a sudden I was knee deep in a bigger surge that I didn’t see coming.
It was freezing but it just seemed normal to keep clicking.

Temma on Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast.

Canon 5Dii
Canon TS-E 24mm ii tilted vertically
ND grad & polariser
0.6 seconds

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  • Fstop
    Fstopover 3 years ago

    Really like your use of negative space (actually I have no idea what that means but I saw it as a comment somewhere else and it looked cool)….. What I do know Garth is I really like this shot, beautiful feel to the water movement and that geological seal adds great interest!

  • Thank you Fstop (LOL love your negative space comments)

    – Garth Smith

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 3 years ago

    Are you allowed to use the word ‘sensuous’ for a landscape? I love the wonderful slick rock and the movement of the water in the foreground… beautiful work, Garth!

  • Thank you Mieke, yes of course you can – you can call it however you like.

    – Garth Smith

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 3 years ago

    W O W
    G A R T H
    good thing you didn’t get that Canon wet, aye? :))

  • Thank you Vicki, I must admit to being a little concerned when the surge first hit the tripod, I was glad when this came out sharp.

    – Garth Smith

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 3 years ago

    A brilliant image, superbly timed and beautifully composed, Garth!!!

  • Thank you very much Phil

    – Garth Smith

  • ImagesbyDi
    ImagesbyDiover 3 years ago

    I am speechless,, well,, almost! (women ALWAYS have something to say!)

  • LOL thank you very much Di.

    – Garth Smith

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 3 years ago

    This is soooo beautiufl! Woderful!

  • Thank you Silvia

    – Garth Smith

  • Rachelo
    Racheloover 3 years ago

    Really lovely! I love the water movement.

  • Thank you Rachel

    – Garth Smith

  • Maxoperandi
    Maxoperandiover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Garth…that water must have been coming at some pace!

  • Thank you Max, yes it was, took me totally unawares and it certainly put the edge on the frost properly.

    – Garth Smith

  • Skydreamer
    Skydreamerover 3 years ago

    so breathtaking…

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 3 years ago

    just awesome Garth. the water is so spectacular, while the sky provides another fantastic point of interest. well worth the soaking – bet was bloody cold tho!

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