Point Break

After the wedding we shot a week and a half ago in Malibu, my buddy Rick and I took the Pacific Coast Highway back to Los Angeles. We were both exhausted from an early morning flight, a lot of shooting outdoors and just a long day in general. We had just enough energy to make one stop off the highway and walk down some worn-down stairs to the beach far below.

It’s another edition of Movie Title Wednesday and this week the film is Point Break for obvious reasons I think. I’ve seen the movie and I remember liking it, but I honestly don’t remember much more than Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, a bank robbery and masks.  I know a lot of people who dig this film, curious how many of you out there liked it? I’ve always been a Reeves fan even though most people don’t think he can act. I think he’s a fine actor, the problem is, he has one style that works and that’s about it. Speed is one of my all-time favorite action films and of course you have The Matrix.

I rarely get to the ocean despite living fairly close to California, so I was excited to at least shoot a few images during our day-trip. The ocean is awe-inspiring and frightening for me at the same time. I hope someday to do more of this and have a nice, fat 10-stop ND filter on me so I can really make the images I want to, but in the meantime, I liked how this turned out. I don’t always put a lot of time into processing my images these days, but I spent plenty on this . Phototools was especially useful to help create a nice color contrast between the water and the rocks.

I hope Rick posts his sometime soon because he had a 10-stop and I loved the way his looked right out of the camera.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 20mm, f/25, iso 100

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Great shot Mike – would look great with a 3- or 10-stop attached I’d think as well. Thanks for posting, always love coastal images.

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com Scott Ackerman

    Love the overall tone of this image. Nice work.

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    I like the tones throughout this shot. I really like the nice blue in the water and how it has a bit of white foam to help add a bit of contrast. Great work man!

  • http://brianmatiash.com/blog Brian Matiash

    This is most excellent, Mike. I dig that you decided to snap all of the motion, bringing out the power of the waves and white caps. Awesome shot.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Nice tones throughout this Mike.

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Perfect color and great detail!

  • http://www.curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    That’s one of my favorite Keanu flicks! Great shot Mike!

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    Really like how the rocks look against the blue of the sea. The Pacific Coast Highway rocks.

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    Very nice to find some scenic shots to mix in during your business trip!

    So, if you’re a Keanu fan, how do you like the sad Keanu meme that has been going around? 🙂

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Really cool to see an ocean shot from you. I totally dig the contrasting colors. Would love to shoot here some day.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Great shot! Can always tell the California rocks out this way 🙂

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Really nice shot man. Living in Az, it’s amazing how rarely we get out to the ocean even though its only about 4 hours to San Diego. At least we have some clouds in the forecast on the 10 day though!

  • http://www.jonasginter.de/blog/ Jonas

    Wow, this is an incredible and powerfulshot. i love it!

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Killer shot! Love how the rocks pull your eyes out to the ocean! Way to make the most of the long exposure with the small aperture. I invested in a B+W 10stop, but haven’t done much with it… Those square filers with the lens mount look pretty nifty for when you take the plunge!

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Marvelous image Mike! Love the frothing waters there, and the textures in the rocks are almost as good as chocolate!

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    I love how the rocks pull you into the ocean. I know what you mean about the 10 stop. I took some similar shots in Acadia National Park last summer. At the time I didn’t have a 10-stop. Now I do. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m getting back up there this year.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    “I am an FBI agent!” Worst actor ever, one of my favorite movies, I’ll watch it every time it’s on cable 🙂 – beautiful shot!

  • http://visualstate.wordpress.com andy gimino

    Awesome mike…i too like how you captured all of the motion in the waves…it would ne nice to do both though!

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com/ Chrisdmrf

    Really cool shot, looks a lot like England Cornish coast line, I hope to bag a few good shots there next month

  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    Outstanding work Mike, I love the contrast and the rich colors here, this is outstanding!

  • http://Ryoungfoto.com Rick Young

    Another shot I kissed. Nice one Mike. All you had to do was ask for my 10 stop. I would’ve said NO, but you still should’ve asked.