Brittany, France

A rugged rock formation is leading into the ocean. The silky texture of the ocean contrasts beautifully against the rough surface of the rocks. A bright white line clearly defines the current and its movement around the large rock.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 7 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/14
  • Exposure time: 140s
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length: 100mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5184 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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A rough, rugged rock formation is leading into the ocean. The silky surface of the ocean contrasts beautifully against the rough texture of the rock formation. A bright white line clearly defines the current and its movement around the large rock. That fine art landscape photograph we captured with extended exposure time. At the time I captured this photograph, large waves were crashing against the rocks.

How do waves arise? As winds blow on the ocean, they pull on the water’s surface, and the buildup of energy creates waves. Waves will crash when their bases encounter the seafloor. The power released when waves break on the beach transfers into longshore currents.

On the west coast of France is Brittany with a very distinct and varied seashore. More than 1600 kilometers / 1000 miles long with unquestionable magnificent beaches, coastal footpaths, and beautiful, private coves. As well as being home of the world’s most extensive collection of standing stones in one place, named the Carnac stones. The primary and thriving industry of Brittany is agriculture. In particular: pork farming, chicken farming, and the production of maize – to feed their cattle.

Oceans have a more intricate system of currents than any other body of water. Resulting in many different types: ocean currents, tidal currents, and rip currents. They significantly affect the weather, marine transportation, and the cycling of nutrients within the ocean. Knowledge of ocean currents is critical for the shipping and fishing industries to know.

If you like this photograph of the rock formation leading into the Atlantic ocean, then discover our portfolio of sea photographs.

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