David Gifford Photography


Photo: Öyger

A huge wave breaks offshore, watched by a young family.

I was hesitant to post this photo as it looks quite dangerous. I used a medium telephoto lens and, in this situation, the effect makes the wave look closer than in reality (perspective compression). The waves were massive though! As you can see in the photo, the height of the wave is towering above the storm beach.

I don’t think the people in the photo were in any particular danger. That being said, I’ll repeat the advice I posted previously that waves can vary considerably and unexpectedly, and extreme care should be taken with the sea.

Whilst thinking about a title for the photo I came across a Shetland word: Öyger n. huge wave. I can’t recall ever hearing it used, but hopefully it’s appropriate for the photo.


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