Wave Breaker

Wave Breaker

James, Wilie and I headed down to Santa Cruz last Wednesday to capture what we hoped would be a nice sunset. We settled on Panther Beach but quickly got bored of the compositions and James and I went through the hole to Hole in the Wall Beach. We met Lukas and Jim Patterson as we waited for the sun to set (super cool). I spent a while on the other side of these rocks but as the sun continued to set I followed the color in the sky back around to this side of the rocks that you see in this photo. I really liked how the rock would guide the retreating wave around before splashing back into the ocean. I used a long shutter (2 seconds) to capture the wave action. Luckily I had some big rain boots on and I was able to stand in the water without really getting wet — which provided the nice water motion that you see in this shot

I managed to get back through the hole in the wall and return to my car without getting swept away this time Last time I went for an accidental swim, got tossed into the rocks, and ruined my D80, iPhone, blackberry and 50mm f/1.8. Yay for surviving this time with no casualties

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/14, 2 sec, ISO 160
HiTech 0.9 Reverse ND Grad

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.