surfing [tag]

Gallerypost | 2023.01.06
Charging on January 6th

Couldn't resist with that title. Photo conditions today were a bit challenging. Even at low tide, the break was pretty far out. The inside waves were also tall and mushy enough to occlude a lot of the action and throw mist on the rest. I stopped over at Scripps after Black's but the wind had killed it. I cropped the bottom of most of these.

Gallerypost | 2021.08.01
Film vault

I replaced my old Canon scanner with a new LIDE400. The old one was photography grade but mid-tier; it had a backlit insert for negatives and slides. No longer, it looks like the unassuming LIDE400 is Canon's top model. Flatbed scanners aren't great for negatives and slides anyway.

Gallerypost | 2021.01.03

2021 brought a pretty decent swell. I can start making notes on surf spots now:

Infopost | 2021.01.02
The next break

It's 2021 now. Not too different from 2020 but people are more optimistic.

Gallerypost | 2020.12.06
Edges and corners

The first week of December almost always brings one of the biggest swells of the year. This one wasn't epic, but good enough to take a vacation Friday for some 0730 shooting and 0930 surfing. The lead image is a pretty good depiction of the difference between pre-sunrise shots and early-sunrise shots. The Black's cliffs make for a pretty tight window for good lighting.

Storypost | 2020.11.01

Derrick put together a crew for a stealth mission over in Del Mar. I ordered a ball mount dive light from Amazon to help address the challenge of focusing at night. Frustratingly, I ran into the same issue that I experienced with some cables for my media room buildout, they simply sent me the wrong item and right label.

Gallerypost | 2020.09.30
Above-average Wednesday

Looking for a different angle, I wanted to take the 500 out to a jetty. My goto would be Mission Beach, but Derrick was sure Ponto would do the trick.

Storypost | 2020.09.09
The four horsemen

You already know about the covid, now you know about the sharks. The (relatively mild) brushfires have given the sunlight a pleasant orange tone.

Gallerypost | 2020.08.01
Shootin' buckets

The saga of the lens started about two weeks ago:

Storypost | 2020.07.17
Heating up

July is here, that means 80-degree days/70-degree nights, bbq, and crowded beaches - despite the whole pandemic situation.
Gage linked me to an video Q&A that (I think) his local Patagonia was putting on with surf photographer Todd Glaser. It was a neat stream with some good technique insights and talk about pro surfing personalities.
Hopefully the lens thing works out and I can go shoot some surfing from the shore/jetty. Warm water also means I'm due for another nightsurf session.

Storypost | 2016.07.20
Ikelite nightsurfing

The water is super warm and there was a full moon (but unfortunately high tide) last night so I got Derrick and Scott to do a stealth sess.
The directionality of leds had proven to be difficult last session, so I went with glowsticks. This turned out to be a mistake - they weren't great for viewfinder aiming and not nearly bright enough for focus.

Storypost | 2015.01.27
Clean sets

The weekend brought nice waves and great weather, plus the water is not exactly numbing. Saturday afternoon had a strong offshore breeze, making for some serious spray off the lip. Sunday morning I went out at Encinitas with Derrick and Ryan.
On my own advice I went with center/continuous focus (stupidly not doing continuous shutter). I can't say it produced significantly better results. There are fewer frames where the water in front of me is the focal plane:

Storypost | 2014.10.19

I finally took the housing out on the water with the sun up.
Naturally, shooting daytime is much easier than the night. I was able to paddle around with the big, heavy rig using bodysurfing fins (I wouldn't want dive fins). About midway through the session it got a bit more difficult to stay in position. Not sure what to do about it, although there was a pretty strong current.

Storypost | 2014.08.03
Nightsurfing, part six

The last night session left me in need of a Ikelite-Ikelite sync cord with which I could trigger an off-camera SB800 using the Ikelite flash. My cord eventually came in and everything hooked up as it should.

Storypost | 2014.07.27
Nightsurfing, part cinq

One morning whilst enjoying my oatmeal I decided to check on the going rate on an underwater housing for my d700. My slr has been around for awhile, and you'd think either:
I'm enthusiastic about taking it on a dive but - more pressingly - it's July, the water is warm, and I haven't done nightsurfing in forever.
Since I had Jon surfing rather than flashing, we didn't experiment with using dive lights to illuminate the subject and perhaps make focusing easier. Another technique I was going to try was focus-locking the flash operator and shooting from the hip.

Storypost | 2014.02.13

Five days on Oahu, three days on Kauai. Ty was kind enough to put me up on his futon, fry me linguicas in the morning, and be an all-around pal; like old times. Ninety minutes after my arrival, the Volcom Pipeline Pro final heat was on, so we booked it to the north shore to catch some excellent wave riding.
After eleven miles Kalalau Beach is a welcome sight (random internet source says the total elevation change is 5,000'). The beach had a nice shoulder-high shorebreak that was great for bodysurfing.

Storypost | 2009.09.16
Nevergreen terrace

R, Dan and Dave came down this past weekend. Besides the requisite Halo, Winner, surfing, and tasty food/drink, we were on a mission to clear the rocks out of the second terrace. It's difficult to describe the size of the task. But I should add that Dan cleared out the three juniper stumps that confounded the other two a year ago. Also the pier for the late satellite dish was hammerdrilled down to size.

Storypost | 2008.04.28
Sloppy joes

A few photos from Saturday's session at the MB jetty, thanks Connie. The weather is hot, the water is cold.

Storypost | 2007.10.21
The rise and fall of Sauritch

So we took the atc2k out for the second first time. Work must be done on how it's affixed, but otherwise it worked well. The Fletcher's break was pretty brutal, enough so that Erik's recent acquisition lost most of its skin on a wave.

Storypost | 2007.10.07
Saturday headache

Windy day, bright sun in the wrong spot. But if you have access to a nice lens, why not?
Next: Columbus Day off.

Review | 2007.05.21
Nightsurfing, part quatre

Another nasty, windy day. Nothin' doin'.

Review | 2007.05.06
Nightsurfing, Part Trois

And I thought studio photography was tricky. Pretty much everything has to be in perfect concert for these night shots to work out. This time I had the right equipment and personnel. But alas 20kt winds kicked up and destroyed the early evening surf. We postponed a few hours and though it was better, the break was still trashy.

Storypost | 2007.04.07

The swell's a'comin'. Erik, Matt, and I went out to Fletcher's for some surf n' shoot. Then got pho with the White Lambda who stumbled into my large, empty house.

Review | 2007.04.04
Nightsurfing Part Trois

Storypost | 2007.04.03

Flew out on United, landed at five local time. It's amazing how pleasant a flight can be with DS, an mp3 player, and copy of MC with twelve articles about the new Gizzixer. Mom, brother, and I ate at Coconuts. It wasn't bad, but a bit pricey/touristy.

Infopost | 2007.03.13
New glass

Connie just picked up the Canon 300mm f/4 IS lens. Here are a few shots from the weekend:

Storypost | 2007.03.13
A weekend

A farewell to departing colleagues. Happy hour at Cozymel's.
Moonlight Beach. Connie and I traded off surfing and shooting. The waves weren't bad - a refreshing departure from slow Del Mar. There was a bit of a crowd, but nothing terrible.

Preview | 2007.03.13
Nightsurfing part deux

The last nightsurfing photo session was lots of fun and yielded some great, unique shots. The lessons learned were:

Gallerypost | 2005.05.27
Last hurrah


Gallerypost | 2003.10.25
Cedar fire

Back when the Cedar Fire happened, Rob and I went to scope out the scene.