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Emerald City

Emerald City

The air was warm and dry on this early October morning. The conditions could not have been more perfect for shooting in the water. As I swam out with my camera I could sense a feeling that something special was going to happen. I spent a couple hours diving under waves and firing off the shutter. Later that day while examining the days work this image nearly jumped out at me. I had to take a second and third look to believe what I was seeing. Somehow, by a stroke of pure chance, I had captured an image looking out of a wave with the Hotel Del Coronado perfectly frames in the window of the wave's exit. I have tried on several occasion to recreate this image and have done so without success. In a fraction of a second the stars aligned and this image was born. I named this image after the capital city in the Land of Oz. Like the book, this image captures a feeling of enchantment, wonder, and magic.