By David Orias
Waves are generated by low pressure weather systems sometimes thousands of miles from where they will break on the shore. Waves are born from high winds pushing the surface of the ocean. Out in the ocean, a wave may appear as nothing more than a slight bump on the surface of the water. After traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles, they approach the shallow shore. The decreasing depth pushes the wave up, it crests and then breaks sometimes thunderously onto the shore. Each wave is unique not only in it size and texture, but also in the way the light plays upon its surface. I am fortunate enough to have the time to pay homage to this interplay of water, light and wind, record it and share it with others.
David Orias is a native of Southern California. His first SLR was an Olympus OM-2N, but his photographic creativity blossomed with the advent of affordable digital SLR cameras and computer processing power to work on his photography in the digital darkroom. A believer of “getting it right in the camera”, he tries to do as little in the digital darkroom as possible. Photographing in low light and dawn conditions, he allows mother nature to illuminate the waves with colors seen only at those times. Using a very long telephoto lens, a relatively slow shutter speed and panning the camera with the approach of the wave, he captures the delicacy of waves in a way that is unique and a signature of his photographic style. Prints of his photographic work are in local as well as international collections. He sells prints in local galleries and directly from his studio.