Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sea + Surfer + Sky = Surf Photo(?)

I sometimes worry that surf photos can be a little bit boring.  Straight to the point in a pretty one dimensional sort of way, far too often a surf photo is just a surfer on a blue wave with a blue sky behind them.  Sometimes the sea is a bit bluer or a bit greener.  Sometimes the sky is more grey or it has some clouds in it maybe.  
White surfboard.  Black wetsuit.  You know what I mean?

But it's difficult to capture something different when, at the end of the day, it is a surf photo after all.  The focus has to be the wave and the person riding it.  There's not a whole lot of scope for creative lighting, props, or a second chance at a wave or a shot.  Foreground, background and a creative angle is all that most of us ever get to work with.  But the extra bit of the equation is an important one to keep your eyes peeled for.

Beach umbrella, sand, supertubos and some lucky guy snaking his way through a lefthand sand-bottom barrel.
Peniche, Portugal.  October 2012.


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