Behind the sandbar, all is calm; beyond, the stormy breakers roll in

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Comments (14)

Gabor Retei on October 5, 2009

Nice capture Wilf.

Ciao, Gabe

Wilf Ratzburg on October 5, 2009

Thanks, Gabe. I just wish I could have managed to truly capture the strength of the wind that day... and the power of the waves crashing landward. Probable a depth of field issue...

Cheers, Wilf

AL1612 on October 6, 2009

It's really hard to believe this was shot on a stormy day. The mallards look so peaceful and relaxed in this stretch of calm water.

Kind regards, Anette

Wilf Ratzburg on October 7, 2009

Thanks for the visit Anette. Like I mentioned to Gabe, perhaps playing with the depth of field might have allowed me to sharpen the focus of the breakers not that many meters beyond the sand bar. Since the water is VERY shallow for hundreds of meters from the shore (see Google map), the energy of the waves gets thrust upwards. On this very windy day, the waves put on a show. But, to our birds it was like the proverbial "water off a duck's back".

Cheers, Willy

helio antunes on October 13, 2009

Olá my friend Frtzw906,parabéns por esta bela foto e por sua linda galeria!!abraço do Brasil...Hélio Antunes.

Wilf Ratzburg on October 17, 2009

Thanks for the visits and your comments.

Cheers, frtzw906

© Tom Cooper on March 15, 2010

I rather like the shallow depth of field. It emphasizes that, although the surf is there, it is far away and of no concern.

Wilf Ratzburg on March 15, 2010

Thanks for the comment AustinMN. Austin MN = Spam, Hormel, etc right?


© Tom Cooper on March 15, 2010

Well, in my case, no, AustinMN <> SPAM. I used to go by AustinBoston when I lived in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. But when I moved to Minnesota, nothing I tried worked, so I settled on a weak default - AustinMN.

However, they do make SPAM in Austin, MN.

Wilf Ratzburg on March 15, 2010

I thought so, AustinMN


picotuna on April 25, 2010

Are these ducks called Mallards in Canada, Wilf? They look like the european Stockenten. Very nice photo.

Greetings, Karin

Wilf Ratzburg on April 25, 2010

Yes Karin (from Wikipedia) "Anas platyrhynchos - The male birds have bright green head, while the female is light brown. The Mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious." Interesting: "The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas. This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted."

marco56 on April 27, 2010

Beautiful picture! Maybe it is a duck that I saw in Poland ;-) Regards, Marco

scml on August 10, 2010

Good shot ... rolling waves do make a wonderful background :)

Thanks for sharing ... all the best from Sandy ;)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 4, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Wilf Ratzburg
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    • Taken on 2009/09/24 11:58:30
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 63.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash