Still wa­ters run deep

Rock­hop­per Bay

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Rock­hop­per Bay is a cove on the lee­ward shore of Mar­ion. De­spite its pro­tected lo­ca­tion, enor­mous waves cre­ated by fu­ri­ous South­ern Ocean storms usu­ally smash into the cliffs, where south­ern bull kelp hang on for dear life. Glassy water like this is a rar­ity! To cap­ture the mo­ment, Ryan used a tri­pod and a slow shut­ter speed, which blurred the move­ment of the sea and en­hanced the dreamy ef­fect.

HOW? Fu­ji­film FinePix S3Pro, 12 – 24 mm lens, shut­ter speed 30 sec­onds, aper­ture f10, ISO 100, with a grad­u­ated neu­tralden­sity fil­ter, a tri­pod and a re­mote shut­ter re­lease. Chris and an­other re­searcher, Nico de Bruyn, re­cently pro­duced a book called which tells the story of 40 years of seal re­search at Mar­ion and the is­land’s fa­mous cat erad­i­ca­tion cam­paign. Avail­able at mar­i­on­seals.com

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