The other day I headed down to Trigg Beach to get some more photos of the surfers cutting up the waves. I wanted to try and emulate a pervious shot I had done of a surfer at Trigg Beach but I’m pretty sure I’ve managed to do a better job this time. I wanted to the surfer to less blurry than he was last time, so I upped the shutter speed and I was a lot happier with the result. Both the surfer and the waves are a little more defined which sits well with me.
Again with this shot I find myself focusing more on the motion and emotion of the surfer and the wave than on all the details of the photo itself. I can feel the strength of the wave and the freedom the surfer gets from riding it. I think I’ll keep tinkering with this style of surf photography for a little while longer yet.
Life Moves Fast – Time To Slow Down
I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of photos because they remind me that time just moves way too fast, and that if we take the time to slow down we can see some really interesting things.
Things that are hidden in our mad rush to get from one place to another as fast as possible, and from trying to fit as many unimportant things in to our lives as possible.
So this weekend, slow down, take a deep breath, have a look around and enjoy yourself.
Just been listening to Jack Johnson and G Love tonight and it got me into a surfing kind of mood. Now I don’t surf any more but I still like getting down to the beach every couple of weeks and pretend to be a surf photographer for a few hours. Any way back to the story I started doing a little tinkering tonight for fun and I think I’ve come up with a pretty cool surfing image.
Now back to my laid back surfing music session. Have a great weekend everyone.
When I saw this surfing shot on my computer after my Trigg Beach shoot on Saturday, I thought it was really funny, it really reminded me of that song ‘Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangles this is exactly the same pose they were in during their music video.
Anyhow, in the past 18mths I’ve been out shooting heaps and have heard heaps of stories from you guys, the most dramatic one being Christian’s story about stalkers , but I’ve never experienced it myself until Saturday. I was quite happy shooting on Trigg Beach when this guy came out of the water with really bloodshot eyes and I reckon high as kite still and started yelling at me asking if I wanted him to catch a real wave. I laughed and said that would help me out heaps, which he found quite funny. He then decided that he was going to be my personal bouncer / photography director and started to yell at people if they got to close to me and yelling at the guys in the surf to ride good waves so that I could get better photos. Needless to say I was totally speechless and beetroot red by this stage. I mumbled that my card was now full and that I really appreciated his help in getting some surf photographs and started to make my way back up to the carpark. He started to follow me and I was thinking “70-200mm you’ve been a great lens to me, here is your chance to go out like a hero if he tries anything in the carpark”. Fortunately someone else distracted him on the way back up to the carpark and he started to yell and bark at him instead.
So with my first ‘weirdo’ experience under my belt hopefully I can now shoot in peace without being disturbed again! Why do they always seem to strike just as you”ve got your best photography lined up?
Have any of you guys had the full stalker experience as yet?
Saturday morning saw me down at Bennion Beach once again trying to capture water movement. I got lucky as there was some big waves that came thundering through which made it easy to capture the water movement that I was after. I’m stoked as well because this time I didn’t get soaked up to my waist by a rogue wave! Afterwards I drove down to Trigg Beach to watch all the guys surfing and getting thumped by the huge surf. I think I could easily do another three of four shoots at this beach to capture all the angles I’m after. 🙂
What did everyone else capture this weekend?
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This morning I headed out to Trigg Beach to get some more surf photos, however this time rather than focusing on the surfers themselves I was more interested in some experiments with capturing the surf. Perth isn’t known for its great surf but for this one I got down low to make the surf appear larger than it was and I was pretty happy with the result. I also got the privilege of meeting Charlene from November Images thanks for coming along Charlene I’m guessing its not the last time you’ll head down to the beach and shoot surfers now. I did notice though she was taking lots of close ups of the guys instead of the waves though!
I managed to catch up with Neal from Spool Photography last night at Hillary’s Boat Harbour and we watched an awesome sunset unfold before us.
Did anyone else capture the sunset last night?
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Well after checking out www.swellnet.com.au I saw that today was going to have some pretty decent waves and that the wind was going to be offshore for most of the day so I hit Trigg Beach at 8am this morning and obviously the word was already out as a massive crew was packing out the lineup. I captured some awesome shots with a number of guys getting heaps of air, I’ll save them for later. If this is the sort of waves we are getting in autumn I can’t wait to see what Winter throws at us once the sand banks built up.
Well Saturday saw me heading down to Trigg Beach to capture some more surfing shots as I knew the surf was up but also knew there was no landscape action happening here in Perth that morning. I got down there early and it was already very crowded at the point and I’m not surprised though as there was a decent and consistent swell coming through so I managed to snap quite a few good surf photos for the short time that I was there. There were some mini barrels happening at Trigg which was cool to see, even cooler was that a few people managed to sneak into some of them.
Has anyone else here tried Surf or Wave photography?
Its stacks of fun sitting on the beach watching the surfers, surf and seeing all the activity on the beach. Not sure that I could do it for hours on end, day in and day out though.
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Well as most of you know Neal from Spool Photography and I went down south and managed to capture some absolutely magnificient light. However, on Sunday I decided I wanted to simplify things and experiment and to try take a shot that required no Photoshoping what so ever. I wanted saturated colours, slightly blurred water movement, not a great deal and yet still have a sharp image. I think I came pretty close. I had to do some creative cropping but that is it.
So how did I do it? Firstly, I utilised a Hoya 5 stop ND filter to ‘slow’ things down in other words to allow me to leave the shutter for longer, I figured that would blur my water movement and alllow the colours to really soak in. Then I put on a polarising filter to take some of the glare away from the subject. In reality this would allowed me to have the shutter open even longer.
You can buy filters from Singh Ray that do the same thing now but as I said I was just tinkering / experimenting. I think I got pretty close to my objective, which was to produce a decent shot in camera that required almost no Photoshopping.
I notice that a lot of other people are trying to simplify their photography. What are some of the steps that you are taking to simplify your photography. I’m guessing Lightroom will be mentioned heaps.
As there was only one bikini shot request I’m afraid I’ll have to archive the photo. 🙂
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The past few days has seen me down south with Neal from Spool Photography. What a blast it was, the first morning saw us greeted with an awesome sunrise and the clouds were hanging just above the Busselton Jetty so we headed up there and I managed to capture some of the best shots of the jetty that I’ve ever done. We spent at least an hour and a half their before charging off to Injidup Bay where we spent a further two hours shooting, it was a great day.
We weren’t so lucky yesterday so Neal and I decided to be pseudo surf photographers and started chasing the waves instead of clouds. We started at the Yallingup main break which wasn’ too bad, and then headed down to Gracetown. Here we were able to get really close to the action and we got some awesome shots. We then moved on down to Margaret River, where the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River World surfing competition is happening this week, and the surf there was huge and going off. My 400mm lens didn’t quite have the reach that we needed to get any really good shots of the guys and girls surfing, its definitely 600mm territory. Anyone out there got a longer than 400mm lens? 😉 Anyone done any surf photography here?
We’re now back in exciting Perth. Hope to see you all out there soon.
As we all know there have been no clouds so I’ve been experimenting and I came up with this which I quite like. This was taken down at Scarborough beach last Sunday when I went down to take some photos of my friend surfing (I love photographing surf). I took this photo whilst there was a break in the surf and I didn’t really think much about it until tonight when I just started to tinker with a few photos. It just felt to me like I was walking down a beach in a dream like state hence the title. I’m off down to the beach tonight to try and get some more photos of the shoreline now that I know it can look quite artistic / abstract.
Lens: 50mm F1.2
Well off to the beach to try and capture some different colours!!!
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This is something I captured on a trip down south to Dunsborough, the light had been terrible for days and I just got the urge one morning to head out to this spot that I’d been checking out for months and it was the only day that any clouds were present at all so I got really lucky. 30mins after this photo the wind picked up and started to blow the clouds away. Straight after this shoot I went into Yallingup to check out the surf and was pleasantly surprised, firstly because the waves were massive and secondly because I got to see a school of dolphins surfing at the Yallingup main break. What a wicked way to start the day. Oh, and why ‘Meelup on the Flipside’? Because Meelup is on the other side of the point.
I just love this spot and I’ll be back to take some photos with different points of view.
Focal length: 50mm EF F1.2
Did anyone get any shots this weekend at all? Fireworks don’t count!!! 😉
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Well the weekend didn’t pan out as expected. I tried to get some shots down at Canal Rocks, but more about that later. Melissa and I woke up on Sunday morning and headed out for breakfast, I looked out the window and saw the surf at Bunker Bay was cranking so I grabbed my camera and headed down to the beach. It was awesome to watch and the guys were going ballastic out there. I was using a 2x Convertor on my 70-200 lens which I’m still not sure if I like or not. To me this image is really soft, its not sharp which is what I’m expecting. I’m going to trial a 100-400mm lens next time and compare the results.
Highlight of the weekend was catching up with Mr Fletcher for a coffee and having a great chat.
This was just a happy snap I took when Neal and I were checking out Indijup Bay. Its nothing special but I just like it because you can see the swell come rolling in. About 15mins after taking this photo people were starting to head out into the surf. If you get lucky and its the right time of year, you can see whales in this bay. Wish I was out there!