This photo has been seen by a LOT of people. Not surprisingly it has been flying all over the web and everyone I run into is asking me to see the rest of the sequence. So here it is. Oh, I have since learned what we got hit by here is called a “sneaker wave” and they can be quite deadly… but model, photographer, and… barely… the camera all survived. (the camera did have to go in for repairs right after this).
This started as a lifestyle fashion photoshoot on the beach, so I will post a few of those shots first:
Once we completed that segment, we moved farther north to a rocky section of beach for the remaining looks. In the next few photos, we see the model, Cross Johnson with the Baldwin Agency eyeing the rock he was about to pose on. And then some shots of him looking over his shoulder at the big one coming in. The top of the rock is a good 15 feet above the waterline and the waves were staying well below it’s crest.
Now we have our “action” shot, seconds before the sneaker wave engulfs him. Many people actually don’t realize… or don’t believe that is a real wave that is forming the background but the rest of the series makes that completely clear. You can barely see Cross behind the wave (and in one shot you can’t see him at all) as it finishes its course. The last shot is a wider angle and you see how high the main rock is above sea level as the water continues to wash off the rock formation.
I posted this so I can show it to all of those who have been asking to see the series… and for the benefit of those who have insisted that it was not a “real wave.” I should also give kudos to the camera manufacturer. Without the incredible dynamic range and speed of the camera these shots would not have turned out.