Open Water

I was back at Port Aransas this weekend and just in time to see some dramatic storms roll in. This one was shot early in the morning using my wide angle lens and holding the camera just above the water as a wave came in. I had to take the shot and immediately yank the camera up to avoid getting it doused with sea water. This worked for a while but after a few close calls, a soaked neck strap, and a fairly good splash across the back of the camera I got the heck out.

ISO 400, 1/160, f/6.3




  1. Kathleen says:

    I saw this shot and thought — he got the camera wet, I just know it! Glad to read that you got out alive. :)

    This is one gorgeous shot, Andy! The colors, tone, composition, subject matter are all deliriously good.

  2. ROB says:

    What a fantastic perspective. Its like the view of someone who has tripped and is now actually in the water.

  3. kettlepot says:

    very dramatic and very brave! amazing as usual.

  4. Russ says:

    Beautiful and dramatic, it takes a moment to find the actual scale of the waves. You do fantastic work.

  5. Heather says:

    Gorgeous! I love the tone of the photo. You can really see the power of the water.

  6. fallout says:

    this is dramatic. for me it is the view of a shipwreck survivior.

  7. Jon says:

    Fantastic shot. The sharp wave compliments the soft tones of the sky really well. Hope your gear is insured!

  8. casey says:

    Marissa and I were in Port Aransas last weekend too. Those were some crazy storms. Nice capture.

  9. micki says:

    I was so wondering what risks you took to capture this image…wow!! Sounds like it was a close call at the end.

  10. Kris says:

    love the drama. i never knew that a picture of a wave like this, can be so cool! but it seems you need to take some risk to shoot it… outstanding work man!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Wow, cool. And scary!

  12. Wow this is a great composition; really gives the feeling of being in, well, open water. There's something qutie scary about this shot. Very well done! Oh, and need I say that the post work is also excellent? Fab!

  13. KK says:

    another surreal shot, quite depressing though, like the end of the world…

  14. Ray says:

    Wow, this really gives the feelng of being IN the water. Awesome shot.

  15. Ruhh says:

    First time I visit here and opened this shot. I thought instantly…holy shit! Moby Dick! I love it.

  16. Sarah says:

    This is really beautiful, I love all the dark colors.

  17. miles says:

    Nice job! I'm glad the camera's ok but this shot was well worth the risk.

  18. Saffron says:

    This is absolute awesome! It actually made me feel some sort of panic in my stomach – like I was about to be engulfed. Really awesome shot!

  19. Awesome sky to go with those foamy waves. What a terrific capture.

  20. What a great photo. It's feels just like beeing there.

  21. moodaholic says:

    Great shot. The color of the water is so cold and frightening.

  22. Renato says:

    This is one great shot! This is one perspective that you don't see every day. Nice work…

  23. Wolfgang says:

    At first view I thought these were mountains; good shot!

  24. Still says:

    A great action shot!

  25. Ian says:

    Wow! This is awesome – Great perspective.

  26. Drew says:

    Love all of your ocean shots. Great Images!

  27. Brian says:

    Awesome image.

  28. jasonspix says:

    This scares the heck out of me.

  29. Andy says:

    Thanks everyone. I appreciate all of the wonderful comments.

  30. Photo Traces says:

    stunning, great angle and very dramatic

  31. Very cool and dramatic photo! I really love it! It feels like I am in the water and I can really feel it! Great!

  32. Kennie says:

    It looks as though it was shot from a boat, I really like it! It's not your everyday ocean shot, that's for sure. :) Great!

  33. Lori Witzel says:

    Sorry to be so late to the party going on here…really sweet deep teals and blues, and love the sodden point of view.

  34. Phil says:

    It looks as if the wave is going to swallow you whole. I enjoy your work, keep it up.

  35. elenuzzy says:

    incredible :)

  36. Jeff Ambrose says:

    You're braver than I am for sure, congrats on the noteworthy.

  37. Regis says:

    Wow, that's a stuning shot ! Feels like being in the middle of a storm

  38. Glen says:

    This picture really draws you into it – great shot!

  39. giovanni says:

    wow i love this type of compositions!

  40. Judy says:

    Amazing creativity from God that blesses others. I feel Him in your creations. Thank you!

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