Night Splash

Waves crashing in on the rocks at La Jolla Cove at night.

Night Splash — La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California. September 2011.

Waves crashing in on the rocks at La Jolla Cove at night. This is a 10 second long exposure. I froze the splash of the crashing wave with a flashlight that I manually fired, from camera left. The flash strobe is short enough to completely freeze the motion of the water. I further enhanced the detail of the water in the digital darkroom.

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  1. Interesting technique – if I understand you correctly. You “froze” the splash only in the sense that you highlighted it with light during the exposure – is that right? The water is lovely and I like the rock on the right 1/3 up from the bottom.

    1. Yes that’s right Jeff – I used my external flash and just fired it by pressing the button (don’t ask me which flash power I used though – it was probably something lower like 1/8 or 1/16 since this was at ISO 3200). I guess I should have geled it with a CTO to render the rock color more neutral vs the blueish night sky. :)

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