"The Follow Cam"
Surfing is huge, it seems like everyone
is doing it, or wants to try it. And along with that there
has been a tremendous amount of interet in surf photography.
Today you don't even have to know how to surf to shoot surfing.
Just grab a digital camera, set up on the beach, point it
towards the ocean, and at 5 frames a second... you're bound
to hit someone doing something on a wave. And along with this
interest in surf photography there's been a proliferation
of surf photo websites. Just take a look at NewportSurfShots.com's
link page. The number of surf photo internet sites is growing
exponentially. To be sure the pioneers of surf photo websites,
HBPier.com and later
must be shaking their heads wondering where all these
surf photographers are coming from...
As for NewportSurfShots.com's photography...
The goal has always been to get a surf shot that is slighty
different from the digitial masses. Shooting from the ladder,
shooting the Wedge at water level, and shooting from the water
have been a few ways to accomplish this. And now the next
thing NewportSurfShots.com is working on...
Take an "egg"
shaped surfboard, weight down the tail and place a couple
strips of Trak Top towards the nose. Take a plastic basket,
and secure it with Duck Tape to the Trak Top. Throw an aluminum
camera water housing into the basket, paddle out and drop
in front of, or behind someone surfing. When dropping in grab
the camera waterhousing out of the basket with your left hand,
and as you make your bottom turn toss the camera into your
right hand. Pump the board a few times to attain a good position,
point the camera at the surfer, and fire away. When the wave
closes out, pop the board over the whitewater, or else it'll
rip the basket off. Paddle back out, and do it again!
Coming to a local sandbar near you.
Hoyer... "Avoiding the Morning Light"... @ 5-4.
The dawn patrol crew @ Lowers are
a bunch of classic guys, and were more than tolerant of some
knuckle head paddling out one Sunday morning, immediately
start dropping in on them, and then begin waving a camera.
I was afraid I'd have a bunch of photos of snarls and growls
on the faces of the people behind me, but surprisingly I got
smiles and grins...
If the camera board drops in behind
someone, often times people will back off and let me have
the wave alone. Never thought I'd say this, but please drop
in on me! And if you don't want me to drop in on you for a
few photos, let me know.
is going to drop in on you...
you might as well get a
photo of yourself out of it... @
The Ladder Cam
Not feeling like surfing or shooting
the soft surf the other day, I decided to try something I've
been wanting to do. I threw some fins on, grabbed my waterhousing
and ladder, and swam out into the line-up at Blackies. When
a set came in, I swam the ladder into position, shoved it
underwater, ran to the top of it, and fired away at the surfer
as they were rode by. Yea it's sort of the same as shooting
with a pole, but way more fun trying to pull off. Anyway,
surprisingly it worked, and for a first time go, the photos
came out pretty good... some interesting angles for sure.
Needless to say it will be tried again. So if you see some
clown that looks like he's standing on water pointing a camera
at you... aim for him, smile, and try not to run into him...
or his ladder.
Shot from the top of the...
uuuhhh... Surf Ladder
Cam Thingy, @ Blackies