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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Surfers at Sea

I have known a few surfers in my life back in the day.
"Surfers never die, they may loose their grip".

When I saw this man come out of the waters of northern California, I knew this had to be his passion.
Continuing to surf later in life, in the cold waters, with no wet suit.
Tough skin or what, I admired his spirit.
I took this photo last year, and knew I would post it on my blog someday.
I did tinker around with the treatments for this one.

While driving to Santa Cruz, California last month I stopped along the shore several times.
I took this photo on my return trip, early evening just before sunset.
There were a lot of people out on the water with their huge sails up in the air.

This is about as close to a sunset photograph that I can ever seem to do or to find.
There was a woman standing in the water with her surf board watching the skies.
The clouds and sky opening up for that last peak of sun bursting down.
I didn't mind watching on the sands.


TexWisGirl said...

i do admire the surfer dude. and that last shot is just poetry!

Jill said...

You knocked these out of the park! Stunning!

Jill said...

You knocked these out of the park! Stunning!

Misty said...

I really like that second one!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You may not post pictures often but when you do, you make up for it.

Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

These are great captures Janie. You never disappoint. I love your perspective. You know how to make a really great composition. Love the sunset photo with its rays of Light coming through the clouds, and the people in the water gives it even more depth. What a Beautiful place to take photos.

Have a wonderful weekend Janie
Dianne :)

Ellie said...

What wonderful shots you have here - love them all.
The surfer chappie must really really love it. The cold water would put me of straight away lol.

Matteo Taffuri said...

Very nice!

Sandra said...

i love the middle shot, it is like i can see the wind but not. so beautiful. and the surfer guy reminds me of my hubby, he is 75 and still loves the ocean and all beaches.

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello Janie! These are wonderful photos. I have never surfed & only been to the ocean once! Mountain lakes is what we mostly have..
Have a great weekend.

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous shots, love all of them!
We have a lot of surfers here.
I don't understand how they can be in the water when the wind is strong and it is freezing cold.
It must be a lifestyle.
Thanks a lot for your lovely comment.
Have a great weekend :O)

Anonymous said...

Hope you signed surfer dude up for Boomers! Great photos--I thought your sunset was beautiful.

PKB said...

I like the surfer dude because he may have gone to my elementary school (Laurel) in Santa Cruz! The sunset shots are simply amazing. . the second one looks like the sun was just setting for the silhouetted couple.

T. Becque said...

Stunning light and color.
And yes, the red shoes is my son - still in red shoes :)

lisa said...

Janie, these are beautiful images.
I especially love the first one.
You have captured so much character there.
Sending you wishes for a beautiful weekend!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Old surfer dudes rule. Tenacity must be his middle name.

Tammy said...

I love your aging surfer, but the lighting on the water and sails in that second shot is amazing!!!

Chatty Crone said...

That last picture is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Love those colors. sandie

GotchaWatchin said...

Hi my friend. I was just telling some friends down in Monterey about your photos. I am especially struck by the girl with the red hair. I was telling my friends about how you could almost see each individual hair on the head of that girl.
Can't wait for another mountain trip with ya and Kate. It won't be long now.

Breathtaking said...

Lovely sunset photo Janie,and that surfer looks really fit,due to cold
water toning no doubt!!

Angela said...

These are amazing photos!!

Remi said...

Great pictures ... :)

Deno said...

The lighting on that sail is great. I like how it shines through and almost glows.