Ocean Waves at Point Reyes

I have a problem paying attention, keeping organized and remembering to bring essential items for the activities that I plan. This does not help my photography. When I was a child, I was repeatedly told that I was rebellious, lazy, and that I had an unconscious inclination for self-sabotage. In college, and after a set of psychological tests, a more neutral diagnosis was issued: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Soon, I will be able to blame it on old age.

On May 1st, my friends and I went to Point Reyes National Seashore for some tourism, fun and photography. There, I could not find, in my backpack, the adaptor for my Lee filters. After looking for it several times over, I concluded that I had forgotten it at home. The long exposure I had planned was out of the question.

It was a windy day and the wind was blowing against the waves, pushing some of the water back. I had some fun trying to photograph that, and the resulting image above is my favorite.

I was proud that I was able to have a good time and photograph despite the missing item. Not so proud to find out, when I got home, that the Lee adaptor for my lens had been inside my backpack the entire time. 

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA;

Equipment: Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 mm F2.8G;

Settings: 200 mm, f/10, 1/2500”, ISO 160;

Tips: I took this photo handheld. The wind was blowing very hard and there was lots of light to give me a very fast shutter speed. I was lucky that it was a partly cloudy day with diffused light.

Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

17 thoughts on “Ocean Waves at Point Reyes

      1. I almost always hand-hold the camera. A sufficiently high shutter speed (1/2500 here) is usually enough to compensate for camera shake. At the slow end, there’s always the possibility for intentional camera movement.

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      2. Beautiful photo. I’m sure you know that there are many, many brilliant, innovative, very successful people with ADHD.

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  1. That works really well in black and white. Offshore winds pushing the spindrift flying off the tip of waves is great. We don’t have those conditions very often down here in San Diego (at least not combined with nice and big waves). Point Reyes is a fabulously windy place!

    And finding a piece of gear that I thought I had forgotten at home in my backpack later? That has never happened to me. NEVER, I swear. 😉


    1. I’m glad you like it. I haven’t explored the beaches south of Monterey Co. I know, most of us do that, put something in some obscure pocket of the photography backpack, then have to do without it 😂 it seems to happen to me very often though.

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  2. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself to pack everything in my car the night before a morning going out. I rarely listen to myself, and usually pay the price with something like you describe here.

    I really like this image. Especially the way the waves are of low contrast around the perimeter of the image not engaging any edges. It makes that center wave group stand out nicely, as if they were an isolated group distinctive from all the water around.

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  3. I know the frustration of this happening! I went to so cal. For grandkids graduations and sports play off. I forgot my battery charger. Luckily I have two batteries but I had to be soo careful and ended up depleting both batteries!!


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