Ghost Wave

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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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