Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Photographer David Orias from Santa Barbara, California takes photos of waves with a slow shutter speed, capturing their movement, color, and power as they come crashing down from the Pacific Ocean. The stunning photo series, titled Waves, were taken at the beaches of Southern California. “Southern California has its fire season and sometimes this creates conditions of eerie orange light in the morning as the sunlight is filtered and scattered by smoke particles. This creates unusual and to some viewers unrealistic colors. I take the baseline colors and work with them to create a fine art appeal,” says David.

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

To create the shots, he uses a very long telephoto lens to photograph the waves almost parallel to shore. He says, “I photograph at dawn and due to the lowish light at that time, I use a relatively slow shutter speed and pan the camera with the motion of the wave. This creates a very fluid and painterly feel to the photographs… Offshore winds are common in the location I shoot near Ventura, California and this creates a wispy spray being lifted off the waves as they break near the shore.”

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Long Exposure Photographs of Waves by David Orias

Orias uses his camera to see our world in ways our naked eyes cannot see.

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