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Crystal Tube

The surf was clean, smooth and powerful at Merewether Beach this morning. This tubular wave managed to slip past the surfers waiting out the back for their next wave and made it’s way to shore, empty and without being ridden by anyone.

We’ve had big surf in the Newcastle area (as well as all the way along the East Coast of Australia) since Saturday March the 15th, when “long – period” ground swell arrived as the aftermath of tropical cyclone “Lusi” (a Category One cyclone that had winds estimated at 150 kilometers per hour!). Cyclone “Lusi” was first observed as a tropical disturbance on March 7 (2014), while it was located east of Fiji. It later dissipated on March 16th, 2014. It took quite a few days for the swell it created to reach here, but the surf has stayed bigger than usual for the last few days and should retain some size & power until the end of this week – hopefully.

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An original digital photograph caught using a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/8
Exposure time: 1/800 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 250 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]
WB: Sunny
Aperture Priority Mode

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesen9 months ago

    Beautiful! Love your title….suits this excellent piece perfectly! Love the blues!!

  • It’s a name that’s been used countless times by many people, but I think that the image is more important than the title in this instance. The surf did look great today and it’s an amazing wave. Thanks a lot! :))

    – reflector

  • autumnwind
    autumnwind9 months ago

    Wow, spectacular capture here!!! And no, do not live in the desert, however I do not have the freedom to go drive a couple of hours to watch the surfers! Wish I did though LOL! See how lucky you are! Just love your work! : ))) Hugs, shar xoxoxoxxoxoxxo

  • Thanks for the glowing assessment AW! It’s only a 10 or 15 minute drive to that beach from my home. :))xox
    Glad to hear that you don’t live in the Desert. When I drive for a couple of hours, it’s to surf another spot up or down the coast like a Point Break or a Reef. :)

    – reflector

  • John Velocci
    John Velocci9 months ago

  • Thanks John!

    – reflector

  • George Coombs
    George Coombs9 months ago

    Excellent work

  • Thanks George! They were great waves and the beach overall looked excellent yesterday morning with emerald, glassy and sparkling sunlit waves.

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evita9 months ago

    Beautiful shot James… fabulous colour!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks Evita! :))xox It looked as good as it ever gets yesterday – as far as the photogenic aspect goes. Smaller but still powerful waves (possibly the last that we’ll get from Cyclone “Ian” – near Tonga) were all along that stretch of beach and it looked amazing.

    – reflector

  • Berns
    Berns9 months ago

    Lovely capture !

  • Thanks for your feedback Berns, it’s appreciated.

    – reflector

  • CreativeEm
    CreativeEm9 months ago

    Beautiful wave :)

  • It sure is! Awesome too! :))

    I’m imagining being inside it and “being tubed” like I used to do many years ago – it’s so quick then it’s over, but yet time stands still in there. I’m surfing again but it’s going to maybe take a few months to regain my abilities – at this stage, I really suck at surfing but that’s fueling my determination to improve again.

    – reflector

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemen9 months ago

    Great shot James. The surf has been a bit rough on the Gold Coast the last week or two. We’re getting a huge choppy swell as a result of the cyclones up north. A lot of rips. That’s when I’m glad I don’t swim!! (haha)

  • It was superb surf on the Gold Coast about a week ago for the Roxy & Quicksilver competitions – I’ve watched lots of video heats of those comps on the web. It wasn’t the best that the waves can be there, but it was still very good for getting stuck into it! Thanks for your feedback! :))

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna199 months ago

    This is a masterpiece James. How perfect your timing and just an amazing moment to capture. Big Wow!

  • That wave (& all waves that ever look like it!) is a masterpiece! :)) Thanks Donna! It was caught at 1/800 second, so the moment it all looks “right”, you click.

    – reflector

  • Grazyna W.
    Grazyna W.9 months ago

    Color of the water is amazing ! Beautifully captured ,James !

  • Yes, the sky was really clear & blue that morning so the water looked the same. :)) Thanks for the feedback!

    – reflector

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