Big Waves off Portugal

January 31, 2014


: Sergio Jose Paciencia; Sergio Jose's Web site
Summary Authors: Sergio Jose Paciencia; Jim Foster

BIGWAVE66In the photo above an adventurous young man backs away from a huge wave at Nazare, Portugal. Wave size is enhanced at Nazare because of the strategic position of Nazare Canyon submerged just offshore and because of the beach and shoreline configuration Waves moving from deep water to a shallow seabed at the beach front become steeper/bigger. On this early January day a storm further increased the height of the waves. The wave pictured here in Navare's harbor is about 15 ft (5 m) tall. It should be pointed out that the young man had to cross a security fence to reach the end of the pier where the biggest waves come ashore. Photo taken on January 4, 2014.

Photo details: Top - Camera Model: NIKON D5100; Lens: 16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length: 16mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm); Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320); ISO equiv: 125; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Windows).