I spent two days getting hammered by sea spray, rain, and hail that comes with standing in a winter storm on the Oregon coast. But in between all that, I got to see these monster waves break hundreds of feet hight. For scale, the top of the cliff where the people are standing is 100 feet high.
What I noticed from my limited experience shooting these waves is there’s really two main things that create interest in a Shore Acres Wave photograph: form and power. Sometimes there was a huge volume of water but with no form. And sometimes there was a beautiful shape to the splash, but no volume. Getting both at the time same time was more of a challenge but creates the most visually interesting photograph.
I also liked these conditions because the blue patch of sky and the low December sun side lit the wave perfectly, really driving home a nice contrast and separation.
Shore Acres State Park, OR
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