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A short film by cinematographer Chris Bryan, who worked on BBC’s ‘Blue Planet II’, showing the mesmerising crash and surge of ocean waves in slow motion. Sez he:

I love filming in the ocean more than anything, its not just a job, its a passion. And sometimes its nice just to document waves without surfers riding them. The feeling of jumping off the rocks in the dark by myself just to capture the very first rays of light hitting the ocean without another sole in sight is unexplainable, its one of the most amazing feelings ever, its like my own personal therapy.




Ahead of tomorrow’s expected wavefest [graphic above].

Surf site Magic Seaweed write:

Right in the path of tomorrow’s swell we have one of the longest running monitoring stations providing wave data, the Sevenstones Light Vessel.

For this it’s typical to calculate what’s called a 50 or 100-year return period. This is simply the size of the largest waves you could expect will definitely occur at least once in that timeframe.

For the Sevenstones Light Vessel, with our long historic record, we can do this with some accuracy. In fact, analysis as early as the 1970s had already identified these values in the 36-40ft range.

 Tomorrow’s storm is currently forecast to peak at 37ft in deep water around Western Cornwall. If these values are confirmed by the wave buoy tomorrow then we are looking at an event near that 50 year return period range – that is to say ‘infrequent’ but not necessarily ‘unusual’.


How BIG will they be in Ireland anyone?

The 50 Year Storm? (Magic Seaweed)

ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky1 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky2 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky5 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky4 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky7 American Shipping off the Rock of Gibraltar (1873), oil on canvas, 70 x 58.5 cmThe extraordinarily evocative seascapes of the late 19th century Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, one of the greatest marine artists of all time – famed for his ability to capture the sea like no-one else could.

What separates Aivazovsky’s seascape paintings from others is his ability to replicate both the intensity and motion as well as the translucency and texture. His energetic waves and calm ripples are equally effective. Aivazovsky also plays with colors, simulating the effects of sunlight filtering through the waters to present an ethereal quality that imitates a sort of magical realism.


Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings (My Modern Met)