Posts tagged “waves

Californian wave forms

Wave flow - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I woke to a grey morning on the Pacific earlier this week.  As the sun rose, its light diffused across the dull silver clouds and carried on to the waves rolling in.  In these images I stretched some of these waves out with longer exposures (1/30 to 1/2 seconds) and swung the camera around a bit just to play with the idea a bit more.

Wave form 2013 © Christopher Martin-1787

Rip curl -  2013 © Christopher Martin-1798

Amid the abstract work, a few seals skimmed by.  One of these glided inside a wave as it rolled into shore – which was fantastic to watch.  I hope to share images from those encounters as well as a few with Brown pelicans from the same morning soon.

Seal wave - 2013 © Christopher Martin-2534


Hawaiian surfer: riding off Ke’e Beach

Surfing at Ke'e - © Christopher Martin-5634

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Ke’e Beach is further up the coast on the north shore.  The waves were big and came in haphazard sets with some breaks sending waves slamming into other ones.  I did not expect to see anyone surfing there but on one of the days we spent on the beach, watching the coastline and keeping an eye out for seals, I saw one fellow sitting on a surfboard watching the waves.  He watched for quite a while and then headed out, presumably having found the right spot and the right way to get out to it.

Into the cauldron - © Christopher Martin-5554

I kept an eye on his progress and when he started catching waves it was awesome.  He knew what he was doing and it was great to watch him navigate through the chaos, pick a wave and then grab a good ride.


Hawaiian bodyboarders: riding off Nukoli’i Beach

Wave riding - © Christopher Martin-1115

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Nukoli’i Beach seems to be an unpredictable surfing location in the winter.  The waves moving west were great the first few days on this eastern beach that we were in Kaua’i at the beginning of December.  However after one huge storm that raged across the island, they remained choppy and were not frequented by any surfers or bodyboarders for the rest of our stay.  Those first few days I did get out twice to photograph some of the bodyboarders.  The waves were breaking pretty far out but a long lens helped to make a few images.

Carvin' - © Christopher Martin-0902

Down the line - © Christopher Martin-1118

Tunneling - © Christopher Martin-1051-2

Ocean spray - © Christopher Martin-1033

Workin' a small one - © Christopher Martin-0913

Boogie boarder - © Christopher Martin-0814

This trip to Hawai’i I spent my time in the ocean photographing underwater and that squeezed out any time that I might have gone bodyboarding or surfing.  I’ll make up for that on the next visit.  It was really fun to watch these guys ripping along the waves.  I can’t wait to join in!

Flying off the back - © Christopher Martin-0670-3


Seascapes with Na Pali’s waves

North shore waves off of Ke'e - © Christopher Martin-5900-3

I love the ocean, I suppose many people do.  I grew up on Kootenay Lake in southeastern British Columbia and there could be rough water but nothing like on the ocean.  Whenever I am on a coast, I enjoy watching the waves.  In December, the waves off of Ke’e Beach at the northern edge of Kaua’i’s Na Pali coast are tall and heavy.  They can be spectacular to watch.

Pastel Landscapes - © Christopher Martin-5859-3good

The last day that we went to Ke’e, the waves were not disappointing.

Biting the sun - © Christopher Martin-5848-4

With the sun falling low, a few waves even tried to take a bite.  It was a good day.

Biting the sun


The Na Pali Coast

One of my favourite places on Earth is Ke’e Beach at the end of the road on Kaua’i’s north shore.  The road ends at the beach and from there the Na Pali coast begins.  The beach has been a great location for swims with my kids, snorkelling with my parents, a visit with a beautiful monk seal while the wild coastline has always provided a spectacular background to it all as well as wonderful times spent hiking and sailing with my wife.

The Na Pali - © Christopher Martin-2539

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Last year, I photographed the coastline in the late evening with the waves crashing onto the first cliff face.  One of the images from that time on the rocks was one of my favourite landscapes in 2011 and was well-regarded in a National Geographic photo contest.  Whenever I’m at Ke’e, I keep an eye towards the sets of cliffs that stretch westward.  There is usually something good happening visually – and sometimes it is magnificent.

A couple of days ago, I was knee-deep in the water on the east side of the beach having a great time photographing two very different subjects. One was a large seal that lounged through the day and as the afternoon waned, there was a half hour where it bounded through the shallow water, playfully rolling, swimming and slowly making its way across the submerged rocks out to the reef and the open water.  The second was the Na Pali cliffs which were thrown into progressively darker silhouettes down the coastline with the sea spray hanging like textured mist in the air from the endless pounding of the waves into the rocks.  The greens and blues in the water reminded me of gemstones while the muted greens hazed by the mist seemed to suggest the breathing of the rain forest.  Really great individual details to pull together.

The sunset came and went without much excitement as a low cloud bank out at sea swallowed up the sun before any color came into the sky.  I was not disappointed though as the afternoon performance was pretty incredible.  Coupled with the seal made for another memorable visit to Ke’e.


Hawaiian Landscapes: Na Pali Sunset

Ke’e Beach is the northern most point accessible by road on Kauai’s coastline.  We were there to photograph the sunset on our last night on the island (for this trip).  The sun dipped into the water just off of the silhouetted cliffs of the Na Pali coast and was truly magical.  I have many images to look through, but this one jumped out at me after a quick review.  I was trying to capture the collisions when a large wave would hit off of the cliff face and while returning towards the water would then hit the next incoming wave.  The energy was incredible and this wave is higher than sixty feet in the air given that the lowest cliff ledge in the picture was at least five feet above the water.  I’m looking forward to reliving this great trip when I am reviewing all of the images back home.  For now, this one is a nice finish for my posts from the Garden Island.