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Praa Sands waves



Shot with a Sony A7R and waterhousing, I paddled out today with nothing but my trusty fins. Getting out into some beautiful hollow barrels and a perfect sun. ...
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Shot with a Sony A7R and waterhousing, I paddled out today with nothing but my trusty fins. Getting out into some beautiful hollow barrels and a perfect sun.
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Grizzliesview October 16, 2017
Mmmm !! Making me thirsty!! Haha! Great shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at the beautiful Praa Sands, Cornwall. Photographing the sea can be most unpredictable but this was a perfect opportunity to try and capture some of the amazing breaking waves while dodging surf boards.
Time
My friend and I decided to go for a surf on this fine morning and arrived at Praa Sands at around 10am with all intentions to have a full day of surfing. The conditions were perfect and the waves nice and hollow. I spent around 45 minutes in the sea floating and gliding on these perfect sets. As always, being a photographer and surfer, I am in conflict between catching waves or catching photographs but on this day I cave in to photography. We had a summer of terrible surf and barely any photographic opportunities so decided today was the day I shoot something amazing.
Lighting
The sun was almost at its peak, hovering above us at around midday. The brightness of the day allowing me to shoot at a super fast speed, enabling me to freeze frame this special moments by shooting at 1/4000 of a second.
Equipment
This shot was taken on my Sony A7R encased in a water housing. I always take in my widest lens which in this case was my 28 - 70mm. I rarely use a larger lens for shooting in the sea and I find the wider the angel the better the wave looks and the more you can capture. I also shoot using a polarizing filter so better capture the sun drenched ocean surface.
Inspiration
I am constantly inspired by the sea and coastlines around the country and the world. The view of a surfer is rarely seen by those who do not enter the sea on a regular basis and I can honestly say that I am always in awe of the moments I see while bobbing around the ocean surface on my board. I take photos like this to show those who do not surf why we choose to surf, capturing those moments normally reserved for sea faring folk and sharing with the world the beauty of a wave and of the sea in the hope that they will one day venture forth into it or at least show it the respect it deserves.
Editing
Generally, shooting in the sea is more about having the ability to capture and freeze a moment and having the ability to do so while constantly moving or putting yourself in a few precarious positions, like sitting in the impact zone of a breaking wave. I did however crop this shot ever so slightly to push the wave into the center of the image and thus drawing more attention to it. I did also do some curve editing on Photoshop and increase the clarity by about 20 on Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I pretty much carry everything I own photography wise in my backpack. Apart from the camera and lens mentioned previously I always choose to take a 50mm prime F1.8 and a 70 - 200 f.4. The prime I generally use for portraits and the other for shooting from the beach instead of from the sea. Lens cloths are of the utmost importance and a blower as sand really does get everywhere. My waterhousing is probably the most paramount item I have and is constantly being checked, double checked and triple checked in case of leakages.
Feedback
Always be cautious of the sea. It is more unpredictable than you can imagine. Check for rips and currents, be comfortable in the waves or if you are not used to being in the sea, start small. Triple check your water housing and make sure it is always cleaned after, salt water will destroy everything. If you are unsure on the coast or beach and the safety of it, ask a local or ask a life guard, they are used to seeing the differing emotions of the specific breaks they guard. Have patience, waiting for the right days, right light and right conditions can sometimes take weeks or months. Finally always go out with someone else, be it a surfer or someone who can keep an eye on you from shore. I have jumped in a calm sea and in 15 minutes had to deal with ten foot waves or drifted 2 beaches down because I could not see the shore line due to a sea mist rolling in.

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