John Vander Ploeg's picture


My favorite wave from our trip to the coast!

300mm · f/8.0 · 1/1250s · ISO 720
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Keith Patrak's picture

Wow! That is an amazing shot, such a scary wave too!

Patrick Snitjer's picture

The water looks kinda like the Dutch masters used to paint it in their seascapes!

John Vander Ploeg's picture

Thanks man, I’m actually of Dutch ancestry myself! I’m going to have to get in touch with my roots and look at some of the Dutch masters work, any recommendations?

Chris Jablonski's picture

Willem van de Velde the Younger is the Jimi Hendrix (another Dutch name!), Coltrane, Cartier-Bresson, or Ansel Adams of these, if you get my drift.

Check out "‘De Windstoot" for instance.

John Vander Ploeg's picture

thanks for the info!

Patrick Snitjer's picture

I'm Dutch myself too :) But I don't know many old masters, I just like to watch paintings in musea, and there are many of those here with large collections of many known, but also unknown painters.

iris-imaging's picture

First-class shot thanks for sharing it here.

Masahiro Ikeda's picture

Wow, nice shot.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Fantastic! Great image, John, powerful and just plain beautiful. Love those greens. Well-deserved POTD.

BTW, it's not literally diffraction, is it? Looks like a wave reflected back off a steep beach break, and colliding with an incoming one. That causes these steep vertical explosions. No criticism intended - just curious.

John Vander Ploeg's picture

Thanks man! After researching it a little more in depth, I believe you are correct :) I like the title diffraction better than reflection tho!

CHRIS MA's picture

Amazing shot, powerful and beautiful at the same time!

John Vander Ploeg's picture

Thank you, I really appreciate it!

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Harry Morris's picture

Amazing capture