The Wedge and Cylinders

By September 2, 2011December 31st, 2023Surf

A big New Zealand swell is hitting south-facing beaches, including the Wedge in Newport Beach which is seeing 20’+ faces right now. The light was terrible and the waves were sloppy and foamy. I’m glad I did not choose to shoot in the water because it would have been a waste of time given the overcast skies and soupy water. While the sets were big, they were walled out. I had a new camera so I practiced dragging the shutter with a technique I first tried at the Wedge about 6 years ago. Cylinders actually had better waves than the Wedge, but it was all pretty ugly this morning. Here are some photos I thought were interesting.

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!