Waves


Rhyl Seafront 4

Today we had another high Spring Tide and with strong winds it was predicted that the sea defences would be put to the test again. Fortunately the winds were blowing from the shore out to sea unlike last time when they were the opposite way around.

It still made for some dramatic seas though and I thought you would like this one. I wasn’t that close as it seems in photographic. That would have been really stupid. So I stood off with my 500mm lens and zoomed in to get this close-up.

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16 comments

    • Mike Hardisty

      Hi Yvonne. The sea wall is curved at the top, the idea being to break up the waves as they hit the wall. Normally the prevailing wind is from the North wich means the waves hit at about an 80 degree angle to the sea wall and just cause big plumes of spray.

      Yesterday the angle was more acute, almost parallel to the wall and because of the curved shape at the top a wave would hit and travel along the wall for about 40 – 50 yards giving those amazing shapes.

      Taking the big lens was a last minute decision. Originally I put just the wide angle and a small zoom lens in my camera bag bu then changed my mind. I’m glad I did. The first couple of photographs it took with the small zoom I realised to get anything good I would have to be a lot closer to the action, shall we say, but I was also weighing up the dangers of doing so.

      About the third of fourth picture with the small zoom I realised that the grassy mound I was standing on was vibrating each time a big wave hit the wall. That convinced me to back off and get the big lens out.

      Mike http://about.me/mikehardisty

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  1. smartartchick

    This is an AMAZING shot. The entire story of the storm is captured. From the spiral shape, the dirt churning and the rails being sucked in – this shot tells the entire story. :In Awe:

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