The Big One

This image was taken during a nor’easter last October during our trip to Acadia NP. I am not sure how tall this wave was, but I would estimate 70’ or so. Next time I will have to ask Mike to stand on top of Otter Cliff to add a sense of scale to the scene. :grinning: The color version just did not have as much drama as the B&W conversion so I went with the B&W. As always thanks for taking a moment to leave a thought.

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Nikon D800, Nikon80-200 @ 200 mm, f 8 @ 1000 sec, ISO 640, cable release & tripod

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I think this works very well as presented and B&W does a great job of showing the drama that the sea creates during these storms. Really beautiful work under very tough conditions. I have no nits.
This one brings back a lot of fond memories, thanks for sharing it.
I believe I was in Acadia during the same “cyclone bomb” storm that hit last October. Our group did go out to shoot the morning of the storm. I say we went out to shoot, but it was 50-60mph winds and pouring rain, so we hand held a few shots and just witnessed the power of the storm. We managed to get on to the Park Loop road just before they closed it. I will never forget the sea that morning. I took the liberty (I hope you don’t mind) of attaching this poor hand held shot looking south across Monument Cove.

Thanks for the kind words, @Alan_Kreyger . No, I do not mind at all that you posted an image from that spectacular morning. You were fortunate that you made it onto the park loop road before they closed it off as Mike and I could not get on until around 2:00 when they reopened it. My image was taken on Oct 17th. The conditions were awesome and it sounds as though you had a blast also. It was an experience I would like to repeat sometime.

Well, this is not your run of the mill image from Otter Cliffs. !!!

The drama in this image is outstanding…

I think the B&W conversion does a great job of capturing the stark drama of these amazing conditions. The contrast of the white waves against the dark water really conveys the power of this storm. The shutter speed you used did a great job of capturing a nice variety of wave motion here.

Ed, you have made me both very jealous and sad, I had lodging booked at Acadia for next week, and due to the pandemic decided to cancel my trip :cry:

At least I have this wonderful scene to look at instead.

Very nice photo and black and white rendering. My only nit is that the trees in the upper right have their tops cut off.

Great shot, Ed. The B&W conversion was a great choice for this scene. Perfect choice of ss for capturing the nice fg wave action and the crashing wave on Otter Cliffs.

Ed, the drama here is outstanding with excellent clarity in the foreground waves and that huge breaker just around the corner. Since there’s such high contrast in the surf, I wonder how increasing the contrast in the trees would look??? As presented most of the attention is on the water and that seems completely appropriate.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a thought @Ed_McGuirk, @Tony_Siciliano, @Michael_Lowe and @Mark_Seaver; always appreciated. I am glad everyone enjoyed the image.

@Ed_McGuirk: I hear you! I am not so sure we will be making the trip to Maine either due to Covid 19. It will seem so strange not being there as Acadia almost feels like my home away from home. I am thinking about throwing the sleeping bag into the back of the truck and just doing some stuff closer to home.
@Tony_Siciliano: I will try to add a little canvas to try and address your suggestion.
@Mark_Seaver: I will give that a whirl and see what I come up with.