View 128: Catching Some Waves

Visited my parent’s camp on Lake Ontario’s eastern shore over the weekend.  Storms from the night before and continuing unsettled weather allowed me to catch some waves.  Photographically speaking that is. 🙂

Lake Ontario waves hit the Port Ontario break wall.

Lake Ontario waves hit the Port Ontario break wall.

The Sun had disappeared behind some clouds late in the day and created some dramatic light on the waves.

Dramatic lighting on Lake Ontario waves before sunset.

Dramatic lighting on Lake Ontario waves before sunset.

When the Sun did pop out from behind the clouds just before it set, I was ready with the Tokina 11-16mm Ultra Wide Angle lens at 11mm focal length, aperture set to f/16 to create the star effect and hyperfocused for maximum depth of field.

Sunset over Lake Ontario from its eastern shore.

Sunset over Lake Ontario from its eastern shore. HDR image created from a single RAW file.

I further enhanced the sunset via a High Dynamic Range process using a single RAW image in Photomatix Pro 3.0 plug-in for Aperture 3.

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47 Responses to View 128: Catching Some Waves

  1. WOW! I can’t pick a favorite here, I love them all! The big waves make it look like you’re at the ocean.
    Always loved that about Lake Michigan, too. And the sandy beaches. Looks like a rocky beach here.


    • The waves where around 2 to 4 feet. Small by ocean standards. Notice I was careful to keep any reference objects (aka people) out of these shots. 🙂 Glad you like them!

      Lake Ontario has very rocky beaches. The owners of the campground will drag the beach soon as it gets closer to summer vacation time. The water is still a bit nippy to go swimming yet.


  2. Sonu says:

    nice photographs you got there! esp the last one!


  3. Simone says:

    beautiful shots, very dramatic.


  4. giiid says:

    A WOW from me too! I love the drama and beauty you have captured. It must have been so nice to be there and listen to the wawes, acompanied by the sound of your camera shutter sound. The last photo is realy beautiful and special.


    • I could hear the waves from my parent’s camp which is about a half mile from the beach. They were loud with a nice lakebreeze. My camera shutter I could hear but it didn’t bother the other people who were enjoying the sights.


  5. burstmode says:

    I love that second one, especially.


    • I am pleased you do, BM. In my quest to look beyond what I would normally photograph. I found these waves backlit by the Sun behind the clouds very intriguing. I had to use a high ISO of 900 to get the shutter speed fast enough to capture them in this fashion. In the past, I would have just waited for the Sun to return.


  6. Gerry says:

    Oh, nice ones! I’m with Burstmode–I love to see light captured inside the waves. I like the star, too, and the foaming waves in the first shot. OK, I’m keeping them all.


  7. imac says:

    Beautiful work.


  8. Carsten says:

    My first thought: W..! – but that has been used a couple of times already.

    I like these images very much Scott. They each show the waves in a different way. Beautiful!

    It looks a little cold there. Or is it just because we have heavy rain here in Denmark today.


    • It was chilly because of the breeze at the beach but warm inland. A light jacket was all that was needed.

      That was the challenge once I decided the waves and not the sunset was going to be the subject for the day. I didn’t quite get the waves hitting the beach the way I wanted them. Will need to find a more rocky and wild looking place, I think, to get that one.


  9. Lucinda says:

    The third photo looks like a whale smiling–the sun being his right eye. Ok. Yes, I’m weird. Love them all!!


  10. Deanna says:

    These are truly amazing! I love them all.


  11. sorrentolens says:

    Those are money shots buddy!


  12. Karma says:

    People have told me the Great Lakes can look like the ocean, but I somehow never quite believed. These shots make me a believer! I especially love the drama of the yellow sky in the second shot.


  13. montucky says:

    Those are all terrific, Scott! Beautiful!


  14. truels says:

    Thank you for 3 different beatiful ( and educational 😉 )shots of the waves – your parent’s camp seems to be a wonderful place…


  15. Anna says:

    Each one is absolutely beautiful and each is a favorite. I can almost imagine an old ship at full mast in the background horizon of the 2nd image. Super!


  16. Mitch says:

    Wonderful images here; you know I love waves!


  17. flandrumhill says:

    Absolutely awesome Scott. You do the sunset justice.


  18. davecandoit says:

    The last one’s an awesome shot, Scott. I really want the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens. It’s gotten great reviews. Did you hand hold the camera or was it on a tripod?


  19. Beautiful images, my favorite is the 3rd photo. 🙂


  20. Nye says:

    I love all 3 images, absolutely beautiful.


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  22. pearlz says:

    Wow ! This are really inspiring ! I love the information you provide too, to help us all strive to understand the craft.


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