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Pacific Swell

Pacific Swell
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-24
Categories: Nature, Transportation
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 17:51
Viewed: 3785
Points: 41
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Pacific Swell

While on holiday on Waiheke Island, about a 50 minute trip from Auckland City, the waves at Palm Beach were so exhilarating.

Cyclone Atu, many miles away in the Pacific Ocean, brought the surfers out for as many rides as they could.

I love watching the wind blow the surf backwards


shelbeesmom, loribird, mesquens1, dipsybee, Silke, MLINES, inaam, chrisJ has marked this note useful
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Nice sense of scale and a good feel for the power of the sea in this shot, Janice. Possibly a wee crop from the bottom and right to focus in on the action, but it's also nice to see the full context here. Nice shot.

You got what could be two photos in here:
the wave and scenery
the surfer in the wave

Independent, more zoom on the surfer closer look would be a powerful picture. Or as I workshopped a great scenery.... of rough turbulent idea. In combining the two you lose a strong central idea. You got two great shots however.

Wow Janice... I can smell the salt air just looking at this. I think I would be in trouble if I lived this close to the sea. I'd have to take hundreds of photos (as you have so kindly done for us). I like all of the activity in the photo truly showing N.Z. at it's best. I also think isolating the surfer would be interesting on your next photo shoot. :) Lisa

WOW! What an awesome shot! How cool is that?? Really nice work Jannie! Excellent sharpness! Is that you out there? Or Dawnie? LOVE that mist coming off the wave!
Linda xx

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-02-28 21:45]

This is a beautiful shot Janice. Lovely composition with great color, sharp detail and great lighting and motion of the waves. TFS, Lori

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-28 22:35]

Hi Janice,
A real action shot mixed with nature of such a huge wave with this surfer in the right position to produce this artistic sport presentation.
Perfect lighting and sharpness and an adequate shutter speed to freeze the action.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-03-01 1:08]

wow, what an amazing capture !!!

This picture sounds to me like a message in a bottle. I refer here to recent disasters in New Zealand.
Furthermore it is a beautiful picture, taken with a perfect sense of timing. What I liked most? Everything.

Hi Janice,

This is a wonderful shot, you have captured the action so well. I have spent many hours in Cornwall trying to get a similar shot but have had so success so far. Love the spray from the waves. Excellent capture.



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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-03-01 6:34]

Hi Janice,

Excellent action shot, I like the détails and the colors of the waves.
The human give a scale in the composition, POV and Dof are perfect.
Light and focused splendid, TFS.
Best regards.

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-03-01 13:12]

Excellent shot, full of action and detail.

The surfer gives not only a good sense of action and movement, but also scale of the waves he/she is riding.
Nice light, and composition.

Not sure why Texan has decided to ruin the shot with his workshop though.

Great work,


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-03-01 16:11]

Hi Janice,
great timing and the surfer gives a sense of scale, I don't think I have seen waves that big on this coast - Texan's WS took an exciting shot and made it into a boring one

beautiful title... pacific swell :)

great timing and sharpness, dynamic range and color temperature; using the camera settings nicely.

in terms of composition, i would prefer the surfer located in a stronger spot (rule of thirds) and some sand of the shore (bottom of the frame).

A perfect composition full of color and movement, good job!
TFS. Carme.

Hello Janice,
I looked at your intro and you say that you enjoy your photography and I can see that from your gallery. This is a fabulous action photo. I have looked at it from all sides, mainly about the possibility of cropping, and ultimately I would leave it as is. I enjoy looking at the scene very much. Thank you and best wishes.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2011-03-22 17:06]

I love this image -- there is so much happening, but it all works in context
Terrific details, especially on the windblown spray!
Thanks so much for posting

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2011-03-26 22:52]

Hi Janice, You bring back fine memories. Good use of foreground foam and the colours are excellent. Few things are better than watching the moods of the sea, and to have a surfie there is a bonus. TFS. Murray

Hello Janice,

As you say, exhilarating and the mood just oozes out of the shot. The spray behind the surfer is amazing. What a contrast between the high waves and the gentle, creeping water on the beach!
A great action shot with the surfer strongly positioned.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)
Thanks for your visit. Nice to hear from you again. Did the lamb attract?

Hi Janice,

I love the energy you have caught in this wonderful action shot!
The sea waves are marvelous and colors are just marvelous.
The sharpness and POV are excellent, placing the surfer strongly in a natural framed work.
The cliff in the BG adds great mood into the picture.
Well management of light also enhance the overall quality of this picture.
Nicely composed shot!

Have a nice weekend.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-05-15 6:18]


fantastique image, quel effet ces vagues avec l'évaporation d el'eau superbe compo avec le surfeur, splendide, ce blanc cet bleu-vert de l'eau.

Bravo et amitié


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-08-20 4:48]

Hello Janice,
That's a beautiful fraction of a second that you've caught in this frame. Well kept wind and power of waves. Nice colors, luminosity and PoV. Excellent shot, well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Very beautiful scene.
I like it so much.
Best regards,

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2012-02-11 22:11]

Namaste Janice ~
This is excellent concept.
The energy in frame is wonderful.
Maybe , I'd love to see some more of the space , to reveal it's nature. But , to show the impact of the surfer, a more tight format will be great. I don't know which suits the scene well, but you can try :) Here in my place there's no chance to shoot such a concept. I appreciate you for the shot, and it's timing.
All the best dear friend.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-07 3:23]

Hi Janice

Apart from a little softness, this is superb. Good pov & I like the green color of the sea. The surfer in his black wetsuit 'makes' the shot. Hope there are no seal colonies nearby! (Several tragic shark attacks on surfers in or near seal colonies in Australia, recently) I like the flattened perspective from the zoom. Tfs!

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