Laguna Swells

Laguna Beach, California

Shaw's Cove, Laguna Beach, California

The swells were unreal last night at Laguna.  I've never seen anything like it this far south in O.C.  We're talking 10 feet plus swells slamming the shore line with brute force. I was over at Cress Street checking out all the action.  For those that have never been to Cress Street beach, it's a tiny cove with lots of rocks. There's a small cliff to the right that you can climb up which waves slam into.  It's a fun spot to watch the surf from if you don't mind getting soaked. When it's high tide, like it was last night, stepping foot onto the beach can be dangerous from all the rocks that are hidden beneath the water.  I was able to time the sets and climb up onto the cliff when the water retreated a bit.  My camera spent most of the time being held high above my head to keep it dry, but I did manage to snap a couple shots of these swells when I could. I walked away soaked with some awesome big wave shots and it was totally worth it.  I'd say this round was a tie.  Me: 1, Ocean: 1

Camera Technique
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 70-200mm f/4L
Focal Length: 163mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800

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