The winds were absolutely amazing. Getting soaked for this one was one of the most memorable shoots of my life. Waves more than 2 meters high at times, driven by winds gusting to hurricane force were what I wanted to capture. Almost all of my hundreds of shots were lost to spray and the camera and I both took a major beating. It was an experience I'll never forget and this one of the few shots I was able to make captured something of the essence of the amazing weather and power I felt in this place.
The painterly look comes from a Shutter speed of 1/4 second, and the massive amount of blowing spray throughout. D800E.