Give Me A Break


“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”  

~David Alan Harvey

 

Surf, Ocean, Waves, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, California, Coast, Nature Photography

Above the Spray

 

Surf, Ocean, Waves, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, California, Coast, Nature Photography

Offshoots

 

Surf, Ocean, Waves, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, California, Coast, Nature Photography

The Wall

 

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”  

~Ansel Adams 

 

Surf, Ocean, Waves, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, California, Coast, Nature Photography

Windblown

 

Surf, Ocean, Waves, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, California, Coast, Nature Photography

Triple Curl

 

California, Photography, Landscapes, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Jane Lurie

Wave Watchers

 

Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, WaterTags: , , , , , , , , ,

137 comments

  1. I am a fan of colour, but those black and white ones are powerful, almost making the waves looking scary.

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  2. i want to try this. Beautiful movement one can feel the spray in ones face.

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  3. I love your photos. I’m trying to follow your page. It doesn’t say I’m following you, but I think your posts are appearing in my reader.

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  4. Your photographs Jane are truly the “creative art” that Ansel Adams describes.

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  5. The birds run away faster when the wave washes ashore. 🙂

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  6. DUDE! Oh my God! Don’t shoot what it looks like shoot what it feeeeeels like! You totally do this! You taking me to al kinds of places during Covid and pictures give this feeling of wow, that’s something. I wanna be there experiencing that something. Wave watchers ha! I love it 🙂 plus your title I love good titles 🙂 high five to you thanks for posting the awesomeness of waves. Have a good one 🙂

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  7. It have you in deep thought just by looking at it

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  8. I really learn a lot been quite✌

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  9. You certainly followed the advice in the first quote….these are thrilling. I love that moment you caught in the first several photos, it feels like a sharply drawn in-breath. That split-second before the crash…
    I don’t think very many photos of waves look for that instant and it makes these special. I like the way the photos reveal upward and downward and forward motion at the same time – the spray flinging into the air as the wave water is pulled forward and down. The black and whites are just as successful as the color photos. Wishing you thousands more breakers….

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    • Love reading your reaction, Lynn. Thank you. I am transfixed when shooting these, often in continuous mode and seeing the shapes in post is such a surprise. I’m happy you think the black and whites work well…they have a different personality. Can’t wait to get back. 😊 Do you get much wave action? Seems gentler around your spots.

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      • It’s way gentler here because it’s so far from the ocean expanse – by the time ocean water reaches the shoreline of any of the islands around here, it’s been funneled down through 90 miles of strait so it loses most of its power. From what I’ve seen it’s only when a high tide combines with onshore winds that you get good-size waves and only two or three times have I ever seen surfers here.
        Funny that you mention continuous mode – I keep telling myself to learn to access that more quickly. I hardly ever use it so I never remember where it is and those moments – birds, the otters – arise suddenly. I could instill the habit by practicing it on waves, even if they’re 1/4 the size of yours. 🙂 The black and whites seem more serious. They lack the color photos’ fun aspect but have more gravitas, don’t you think? We have room for both. 🙂

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  10. Fantastic shots – frozen poetry!

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  11. Stunning a picture says it all you truly captured the beauty of it all. 🌼

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  12. Those are some great break(er)s, Jane. 🙂 Lots of power in those waves.

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  13. So lovely. The crash of waves is the best lullaby.
    All well?

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  14. Nothing better than crashing ocean waves on the shore 😭

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  15. i love your photography! it seems like waves are also saying words whew!

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  16. I do like the “birds eye” view in your last photo 😊. A wonderful series, Jane!

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  17. These are magical

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  18. A magnificent study of spindrift! I LOVE every one! 🌊🌊🌊

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  19. Wonderful series, Jane, I feel like I am right at the ocean’s edge with you.

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  20. Beautiful waves and moment of capturing photo

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  21. Wonderful, I can almost feel the spray!

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  22. Loved this ‘Windblown’ B&W image!!!

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  23. These photos are superb Jane. I can almost smell the salt and feel the sea breeze in my face, and hear the roar of the waves. Unfortunately I live in the middle of the UK so a good 2 hours drive before I hit the sea so it is especially nice to see your photos. I keep promising myself that I will have to go and visit the sea again, hopefully it won’t be too long.

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  24. Beautiful images. Also the words…they convey the sentiments perfectly 🙂

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  25. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come and Enjoy Jane’s Photos!!

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  26. Wonderful wave shots – I can almost see the water moving! And I love the first quote in particular, although Ansel is always spot on too 🙂

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  27. Nice captures of the forces of the sea.

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  28. Wonderful photography. ♥️

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  29. Your “Break” is just breath taking, dear Jane

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  30. Ooo I like that first quote, Jane. It does inspire me in my photography.

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  31. Wow, the viewer can feel the awesome power of wind and sea! The forces at play are emphasized by the contrasting tonality. Cool!

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  32. Jane any idea what the windspeed was when you took these? Thanks

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  33. I love these, Jane– you have marvelous timing to capture such wonderful results. ❤

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  34. Wonderful collection Jane, especially that first one with the bird!
    Alison

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  35. Beautifully observed and captured, Jane. Lovely drama, too. I can almost feel the ocean spray!

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  36. Loving these shots. It has been so long since I went to the beach and watched the waves! Winter is best for capturing big waves and the spray or spindrift. I really like the first image in black and white. Not something I do often with a seascape, but it works well here.

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  37. Wow!! Love how you captured the mist as the waves surged up!!! Wonderful pictures!

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  38. I absolutely love the quotes! It took me a long time to understand that my better images follow your first quote. That is not to say I do not love the waves. I could spend hours photographing water.

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  39. And it feels beautiful, Jane!

    janet

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  40. Love these powerful waves… great photography capturing their detail!

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  41. Love the catchy titles! Can almost feel the spray on my face.

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  42. The beauty of water! ❤️

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  43. thanks for sharing various scenes of the beauty in the mobility of nature

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  44. Great, post, Jane. You captured the beauty and power of California’s surf.

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  45. Beautiful my favorite is Offshoots
    “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” Rumi

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  46. The blue tone of Offshoots suits the scene.

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  47. I can almost hear the pounding against the shore..wonderful shots.

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  48. You’ve definitely caught the action!

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