Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wicked waves on Georgian Bay compliments of Sandy!

I watch weather forecasts closely and when I saw potential for 90km/hr NE winds on Georgian Bay compliments of Hurricane Sandy, I paid attention! Northerly winds smash the Georgian Bay shoreline of Bruce Peninsula National Park with great power. Would Frankenstorm deliver photographic awesomeness?

I arrived on the shoreline at 8am decked out in clothing for a, ummm, hurricane. The waves were the largest I've ever seen on the Great Lakes and were engulphing the 50 ft cliffs adjacent to Indian Head Cove. The best protection I could find was in the lee of Halfway Rock, which offered modest protection from the torrential spray. A plastic bag was all I had with me to protect my Canon 5d mk II and Sigma 70-200/2.8 lens from the water. For an hour, I battled blowing spray to shoot still photos and videos of the best waves I've ever seen. Here's a still photo of the wave smashing over the west side of Indian Head Cove (often mistakenly referred to as the Grotto):

And I couldn't resist shooting video of the same scene:

This was one of the most incredible scenes I've ever shot! My cameras (and myself) were totally soaked, but everything survived without any problems. What fun!


  1. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Wow, Ethan, this is awesome, as is the video! I was wondering if any landscape photographers were able to make anything out of Sandy. Way to get out there and make it happen!

  2. Incredible shot and video Ethan!
    You are fortunate to be able to witness and capture such an awesome display of the forces of nature!
    I bet the tunnel entrance to the Grotto became a geyser from some of the waves and water?!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous1:28 AM

    Well done Ethan. Another photographer in a group I'm a part of (Eric Frigon) saw that you photo has been used on the following website with your watermark removed and credited to "Sue Latimer" here: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=NOAA__2012_Atlantic_hurricane_season_30__stronger_than_usual_03_11_2012?ref=ccbox_weather_topstories

    Just figured you'd want to know that!


  4. Thanks for the kind words! Matt, thanks for the tip... Eric contacted me and the issue was resolved... I appreciate your follow-up too!

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  7. Wow, what a video. I also like the photography too dont get me wrong. Glad to see some were able to make it out in Sandy to get the shots!

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  9. I'm also from Ontario! I'm such an amateur when it comes to nature photography but I try to get out as much as I can.
    I can't wait for the snow to melt though so I can start taking colourful photos again. Haha!
    Looking forward to following along.

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