These stunning images capture the power and glory of waves as they are about to crash down onto the shore. They have been taken by surfer-turned-photographer Clark Little who swims in terrifying seas and crouches on shorelines to get the breathtaking images.
“I try to capture the beauty of these monstrous waves from the inside out,” said the father of two. “I’m always in the water before dawn to try to snap that perfect picture as the sun rises.”
Clark Little was recently awarded (May 3) the 2010 Oceans Photography Award by the prestigious Natureβs Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards in a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
He was one of 18 category winners selected from a field of over 20,000 images from photographers in 56 countries. Clark was also awarded the Highly Honored Photographer of Endangered Species for his photography of the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles β making him the only photographer to receive awards in multiple categories.
Winners of each award category and a selection of highly honored images are on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from now through September 25, 2011. Clark was selected to exhibit two photos on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii: an underwater picture of a tube and an image of a green sea turtle swimming behind a wave.
Many of the images in the gallery above were taken at Waimea Bay in Hawaii. They show perfect arcs of water and crystal ‘caverns’ which are turned into a kaleidoscope of colour by sand and rays of sunlight. “I enjoy the power and beauty of the huge waves that roll through,” he said.
Clark Little started his career surfing the heaviest shorebreak in the world at Waimea. When he picked up photography, he naturally gravitated toward the impact zone and producing stunning images of the barrel from the shorebreak.
Clark has captured images like none other, with a keen eye for that perfect barrel, backwash, or reef shot. He has expanded his repertoire to include not only crushing pits, but also crystal waves that resemble hand-blown glass and picturesque island moments that reflect the awe-inspiring splendor of the Hawaiian Islands.
Clark Little’s images encapsulate the breathtaking beauty and power of the Hawaiian ocean, and depict a world that few, if any, have had the chance to experience.
Clark says he often risks his life to capture the ‘perfect wave’. He said: “I love the ocean – I am addicted to the waves. Especially places like Waimea Bay. I started surfing there in the 1990s and now I like to photograph it as much as possible.”
He added: “Thanks to experience I can capture some of those heavy moments without getting slammed about myself. Well, most of the time.”
With several camera upgrades, new underwater housings and a compulsion to get that better shot, photography has become his career and the ocean has become his office. [Clark Little Photography via The Telegraph (UK) and Digital Slr Photo]