One inspiring photographer braved the dangerous waves in Lake Erie to capture some of the most incredible shots of 30-foot waves the world has ever seen.
His name is Dave Sandford, and he's been a professional photographer for more than 18 years. While he generally does sports photography to pay the bills, he explains that he has always had an undeniable passion for the water.
"Oceans and lakes beckon me," he recently wrote in a blog post. "Since I was a kid, I’ve loved to be on, in or around water. I’m fascinated by the sheer raw power and force of it, captivated by the graceful movement of a wave and mesmerized by light dancing across it."
He explains that he has felt drawn to the North American lakes that sit "virtually in the backyard" of his hometown in London, Ont., Canada.
For his photographic essay, he says he was most inspired by Lake Erie.
"I chose to focus on Erie at a time of year (mid-October through December) when the Great Lakes can act more like oceans than lakes. With warm sunny beach days behind us, it is some of autumn’s dark, cold and windy days that transform the Great Lakes into wickedly wild and treacherous bodies of water."
Over four weeks, Sandford would make his way about 500 to 600 feet offshore, snapping photos for about six hours, two to three times a week.
"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’," he recalled. "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!"
Check out some of his incredible, breaktaking photos below:
Banner Image Credit: SandfordPix/Instagram