It Was a Swell Morning
out on a ledge on the east coast of Great Barrier Island. The swell was about 1 meter high and the sun was about to rise. My dog Rani and I had walked in the twilight to this spot. I had framed the composition before the sun rose, was using a 50mm lens, a tripod and remote shutter release. The camera was set to high, continuous shooting mode. This means it captures as many photos as it physically can (about 5 frames per second in raw format for a few seconds) whilst the shutter button is pressed.
To make this photo, I observed the swell as it approached the ledge. When it was within a second of crashing, I pressed and held the shutter button. The following photo is actually a result of two exposures blended into one. The first was the crashing of the wave onto the rocks, the second showed how that wave moved on the ledge and reflected the colours of the sunrise. I manually blended them together to obtain the most “complete” result. Best wishes, Ben