Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

Nov 27, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

Nov 27, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

An Ontario photographer has captured the perfect impression of a spooky human face in a giant wave on Lake Erie. It’s so impressive, that at first glance it almost doesn’t look real. But there is no Photoshop trickery here. The image is 100% captured in-camera.

Cody Evans is a keen nature and wildlife photographer who regularly enjoys capturing the stormy waters of the lake. The waves create incredible sculptures, no two are ever alike. He saw that there would be high winds on the lake and headed down to the lake shore last weekend to see what he could capture.

Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

Evans aptly named the image Poseidon’s Wrath as it looks exactly like the god of the sea rising out of the water to exact revenge.

Evans braced -11C temperatures and high winds to capture the dramatic images. However, he couldn’t start shooting immediately due to a snowstorm. “The most challenging part of taking these photos is the very high winds and the sand storms that come with them,” commented Cody.

Luckily Cody’s patience was rewarded, and the clouds parted for around 15 minutes. The sun poked through, and he was able to capture a host of fantastic wave shots, including the one with the face. According to Evan, some of the waves reached more than 6 meters high.

Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

“I watched the water, and when I see waves are gonna collide, I’ll just take a burst of photos,” Evans told the CTV News. The images were shot using a Nikon z9 with a 200-500mm lens. In order to freeze the motion of the waves, Evans shot at shutter speed 1/1250 second. The camera can achieve a burst rate of around 20 photos per second, all of which affords better ‘luck’ when taking this sort of image.

“So, you can get the whole sequence of what’s happening. Then I go through all [of] the images, and I find the ones that I like, and that one happened to be the perfect face.”

“The most challenging part is possibly sorting through the thousand-odd images on the computer later,” laughs Cody. “You’ve got to tough the cold and get out there and shoot, no matter the conditions, which can be very harsh at times,” he adds.

Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes

I think these wave images are absolutely spectacular and well worth the pain of braving the cold weather. It’s important to remember if you’re out capturing stormy seas, that freak waves can come out of nowhere and sweep you off your feet. It’s far better to copy Cody and use a very long lens so that you don’t have to get too close.

You can see more of Cody’s images on Instagram.

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16 responses to “Photographer captures dramatic human face in wave on the Great Lakes”

  1. BB Avatar
    BB

    Impressive image but plagiarism. The real author of this photo is https://www.mathieurivrin.com/ and this is his Instagram

    1. BB Avatar
      BB

      My mistake SORRY it’s an original work just a different wave “face”

  2. Bill Gillespie Avatar
    Bill Gillespie

    Weird. I see a poodle.

  3. Jeannie Canode Avatar
    Jeannie Canode

    Photoshopped

  4. Peter Young Avatar
    Peter Young

    Human? More Like Poodle!

  5. Usha Devi Krishnan Avatar
    Usha Devi Krishnan

    Yes…definitely photoshopped

  6. Barbara Ellen Trivett Avatar
    Barbara Ellen Trivett

    Looks like a dog!!!!

  7. Mary Coleman Avatar
    Mary Coleman

    Seen lots of crazy high waves on Lake Erie.i can believe this phoro

  8. Valerie Underwood Avatar
    Valerie Underwood

    But not so deadly!

  9. Dee Bordeleau Avatar
    Dee Bordeleau

    Ummm, sure, but I see a dog….🙄🤣😂😅

  10. Lois Bentley Avatar
    Lois Bentley

    Looks like a dog

  11. Grover Morgan Avatar
    Grover Morgan

    Sea God Odin

  12. Sarah Burhop Avatar
    Sarah Burhop

    Amazing

  13. Stuart Saito Avatar
    Stuart Saito

    looks like a dog to me

  14. Maggie Braunton Avatar
    Maggie Braunton

    Looks like a poodle😊

  15. Bill McKenzie Avatar
    Bill McKenzie

    This spot at Port Stanley Ontario is a popular spot when high winds are forecast. There are typically 30-80 photographers braving the wind and blowing sand during November and December.