This photograph was taken shortly after dawn at The Boneyard on Bombo Headland, near Kiama on the south coast of NSW, Australia in August 2011. The basalt columns are the remnants of a quarry. In a large swell such as was occurring on the shoot, the waves crash into the columns and go straight up, so this shot was merely a question of timing. The shot was taken using the 45mm Tilt+Shift Lens as a prime.
When I joined 500px over a year ago, the first photograph I uploaded was this one. Despite it receiving many many V+Fs, I have removed it because, over time, I grew to hate it more and more. In my excitement at capturing the moment, I had rushed the processing.
More recently, I applied a fresh eye to the RAW file and did the conversion properly. This is the result, a bit more detail and clarity. Now I am happy, and being happy is good.
In the past at least one viewer has questioned the authenticity of the shot, so listen up when I say it is a real photograph and has not been manipulated. If I could I would show you the shots taken immediately before and after to prove it beyond doubt.
More recently the shot has been replicated by others, shooting from the same spot, without acknowledging their inspiration was not entirely original. That pisses me off somewhat.