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I almost missed this one. This is the e-mail I sent from the airport the day after I took this:

"My camera was still giving me error messages after getting sprayed by a big wave 2 days ago, but I was going to my favorite spot on the beach to enjoy the sunset, and hope against all the odds that the camera would start to function again. I already knew exactly where I wanted to be for this shot and was thinking to myself earlier that if I got lucky with a good sunset here, it could be the best beach photo in my portfolio. I found out that the tide was at it's peak for the year this week, and it was highest at sunset. I found the spot 2 days earlier by jumping up on a rock sheltered by a huge boulder to avoid a big wave. I looked down and there was the perfect scene for a photo. I never would have found the spot if I hadn't jumped up onto the rock to avoid the waves at high tide. The high tide still made the shot tricky. I waited until the sunset was at full glow and pressed the 'on' button and waited. The camera magically turned on! I couldn't believe it! I had everything ready just in case, and jumped up on the rock with my tripod. Huge waves were crashing against the big boulder next to me, but it was shielding me really well from the splashing. I got nervous when a couple really big waves crashed in and wondered if the tide had peaked yet. But the sunset was spectacular and I started shooting, timing the surf movement as much as I could. I kept a watchful eye on the big waves to my left and never got hit. In the end got exactly the image I was looking for here. I can't really describe it and will have to show it to you when I get back. I walked back feeling fantastic with the satisfaction that I captured the 'feel' of this magnificent place. I can share it with you and say THAT's what it feels like there. THIS sums it up. Much better than my attempts to describe it here."

-Mike

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