Dave Sandford has been a professional sports photographer for 18 years but tells Bored Panda his deepest passion involves anything and everything with water and that ‘oceans and lakes beckon him’; the power, the force, and graceful movements of waves mesmerize him.
Sandford’s hometown of London, Ontario, Canada, lies near the shores of Lake Erie, the fourth largest of the Great Lakes. In a recent series that has gone viral, Sandford captures crashing waves on the lake that look like liquid mountains. As the seasons change, so to does the lake’s temperament where calm waters turn fierce. Sandford explains:
Over the last 4 weeks for 2-3 days a week, sometimes 6 hours a day, I did the 45 min drive to Lake Erie. The images here were made using my Canon gear, 1Dx body, 400mm & 70-200mm lenses, protected from the elements by my Aquatech sport’s housing and sport’s shield gear. Shot during the month of November on the North shore of Lake Erie, about 500’-600’ off-shore from a small lakeside community called Port Stanley, Ontario. Daily temperatures ranging from -2 up to 14 degrees celsius, sustained wind speeds of 45-50km/ph, gusting 70-100+ km/ph, the average water temperature of 11 celsius, and wave heights reaching 25’. It is days like these that most people stay away from the lake… It’s days like these, when Erie comes alive, showing it’s true power. These are the days I can’t wait to get to the lake and create images!
To see more amazing imagery from Sandford be sure to check him out at the links below. He’s been overwhelmed by the huge surge of interest in his work and promises prints will be available online soon 🙂