Beauty in an Angry Sea

Beauty in an Angry Sea

The ocean is never still. When we are at the beach we expect to see waves to the horizon. Large waves or mere ripples. Here in Southwest Florida, where I live, the beaches are some of the most beautiful anywhere and the seas are usually calm and inviting.

But occasionally weather somewhere gets things riled up. A few weeks ago an area of low pressure was passing by some miles away in the Gulf of Mexico. For a day or so, 20/mph winds from the west drove in some significant waves usually reserved for tropical storms or hurricanes.

So for about an hour I braved the rain and blowing sea spray and shot several hundred images in rapid succession using telephoto lenses to isolate small portions of the rollers as they crashed ashore. 

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

― John Masefield

I used a #getolympus E-M1 markII body and 40-150mm f2.8 or 300mm f4 Pro lenses

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

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