March 11, 2014

Wave of Industry

Photograph by John K. Goodman, National Geographic Your Shot

"A lone surfer returns from the sea, bathed in the sodium light of an onshore industrial site," writes Your Shot member John Goodman of this picture, a Daily Dozen selection. Goodman, who spends a fair amount of time at this spot just north of Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, says he enjoys photographing surfers in their element.

"This shot was somewhat different for me because I usually shoot surfers in action, riding the waves," he says. "But the overcast conditions made for an unusually uniform cool, blue dusk that evening, which was complemented by the orange sodium lights. Once I saw that, it was just a matter of patient waiting until one of the last surfers out of the water entered the frame on his way home."

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36 comments
Linda M.
Linda M.

Thanks for the flash back to my old stomping ground!  Nice shot!

Luis Madrigal
Luis Madrigal

If I'm not mistaking this might be neighboring city of El Segundo, nestled between Manhattan Beach and LAX.

Ann Currens
Ann Currens

The smoke stacks and that heap of metal just look way out of place.

kevern hartmann
kevern hartmann

I've been to this spot.  It looks much more romantic in this photo.  The colors are gorgeous.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

When did I miss this photo. What a brilliant shot. Pleasure and Industry mixed together. The whole concept has made for a good combination to create a cultural difference.

Chanel M
Chanel M

I love what this picture is saying 

argiris tigkas
argiris tigkas

i could use it like a poster on the wall....amazing photo

Mike Bartlett
Mike Bartlett

I like the thought behind this - one of those that makes you feel uncomfortable. Well done

Adeleke Aladekoba
Adeleke Aladekoba

Sometimes when you have the 'near perfect shot', it takes the element of patience to take 'near perfect' to 'perfect'...and this picture demonstrates that. Great work John

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A really 'cool' shot, with the sodium lights warming it up. Another wait for it photograph, that rewards the photographer with outstanding results. The tiny surfer coming out of the huge ocean, is a focal point, sharing all of it with the industrial site. All so well framed.  j.e.s.        

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

Nice shot but hasn't this been posted here before? I have seen it somewhere prominent on NG 

Janice H.
Janice H.

This photograph makes me feel sad.       The beauty of nature, (the ocean), mixed with technology right there together, just doesn't seem right for me.      Interesting picture but really makes you think.

Gil Fonseca
Gil Fonseca

Many people must have thought Manhattan beach-LA is located in the island of Manhattan-NY LOL

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Beautiful composition and lighting!  I love the story this photo tells.

As a high school student with a passion for photography, Nat Geo always provides inspiration!

My work can be found here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

Stanislav Tibatin
Stanislav Tibatin

This is not final. There are about  15- 20 meters of the wild coast! Very good shot!!

B. Plummer
B. Plummer



Catching the conditions for this shot is nothing short of genius. Hat's off to you Mr. Goodman.

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

@Janice H.  Janice I kinda of you hear you on this but if it weren't for your computer you would had never seen the photo. The ocean water cools the Plant, the Plant gives energy, the Energy turns on our computers, the computer gives us photos to look at. Its kind of like some people not wanting to see where their hamburger meat comes from.

Regards and acknowledgement for your concerns of natural/technology balance.

Mike

Linda S.
Linda S.

@Mairead K.  Great pictures! I'd follow you on Instagram, but I don't have a smart phone. Have you decided where you want to go to college?

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

@Linda S. @Mairead K.  Thank you! I haven't decided yet, but hopefully I'll be able to take a gap year. Thanks for checking out my photos!

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