Sea Foam in Saint-Guenole, France

March 10, 2014

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Photographer: Laurent Laveder; Laurent's Web site 
Summary Authors: Laurent Laveder; Jim Foster

Northwestern Europe was slammed by a number of powerful storms this past winter. The photos above were taken during a storm that hit the port city of Saint-Guenole, France, on March 3, 2014. It looks like a huge snowfall, but in fact it's an accumulation sea foam stirred up by strong winds and unusually high tides. The slippery foam, composed of air bubbles surrounded by seawater, poured over the port's jetty, filling the streets. As the picture shows, most residents seemed to take the frothy lather in stride. Click here to see a short video of this event.

Photo details: Top - Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D; Lens: 70-200mm; Focal Length: 200mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0004 s (1/2500); ISO equiv: 1600; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Windows). Bottom - Same except: Focal Length: 70mm ; Aperture: f/16.0 ; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400) .