It’s been a beautiful day today resulting in some new great pictures of ocean waves. We had a sunny and stormy day here in Sydney. So it was an enjoyable experience to walk along the shore making photos of huge crashing waves.
Their height today was around 3 meters. The interesting fact to know here is that the height is measured from the sea level! While, in reality, there is a dent in the surface just under it. So, the actual height is always bigger, and moreover, there are always some rogue waves, which are way larger than the average.
It is never an easy task to find parking near Bondi, so I’ve decided to start from Tamarama and walk a little bit. It wasn’t a hard decision because Tamarama is one of my favorite little spots and I even listed it in this guide to Sydney beaches. And also it is a part of the famous Coogee to Bondi walk.
At first, I have spent about half an hour creating images of waves on a beach. For that, I kept shooting from the sand to make more layers on the photo. And also I like it when the wave is towering over the horizon line. This way the wave looks more dramatic.
Big waves on the beach
Cyan wave and cliffs
This one is especially hard to photograph because it required many conditions met at once. There should be a massive wave incoming, and it should crash just before a particular point to satisfy the angle a rainbow can appear. Overall, it took me about 30-minutes to capture this photo.
Rainbow in the wave
To be honest, I didn’t reach Bondi. I was stuck midway, where I found a great spot to ambush the waves. I had a view from the side, and it was very close to the place where they crashed all the time against the rocks. So I’ve spent another 40 minutes there looking at this show. Got a few photos too.
Huge mass of rolling wave
Transparent cyan wave
I have created all photos with Nikon D750, Nikon 70-300 VRII at f/11, ISO 200 and 1/800 – 1/1000 sec.
One of the infographic cards contains info about how to shoot wave images. Check it out here: Photography Cheat Sheets.
Free Wave Images
Shortly after publishing this article I have added a bunch of free wave image backgrounds. Check them out here: Sea Wallpapers.
Please rate this article 🙂