The breaking of the wave

To capture this photograph, Freddy Booth stood knee-deep in the water during sunrise on the northeast side of Oahu. “I started off capturing images from inside the barrel of the wave,” Booth writes, “but once I saw how amazing the sunrise became, I switched to trying to get this angle.”

Booth knew time was ticking on the lighting, but finally a wave came in just right. “This image taught me that my ego is not my amigo, and I should never pass up the little things in life.”

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Photo credit: Freddy Booth on National Geographic