San Clemente’s Tim McCaig has worked in graphic design and surf photography for The Billabong Surf team for over a decade, capturing iconic images of Andy Iron, Donovan Frankenreiter, Parko and all the boys. In honor of World Water Day 2014 Tim is dropping knowledge on photo tips that can take your surf shots to the next level. Words and Photos by Tim McCaig. See more of Tim’s Work and Enter to Win a Free Print
Tim Tips: Having lens options can give you more versatility when trying new angles. This line up shot (above) was taken in May 2013 during a combo swell at Lower Trestles from high on the bluff. I’ve shot from this bluff before with a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 and a 300mm F4 . This time I wanted to try something different as this spot has been photographed countless times.
Sometimes you just need to take a few minutes and study your surroundings and use what’s near by. A fence, bike, trees, etc. can all help ground your shot and give it that interesting flavor to make it special. For this shot I put on my Canon EF 24-105 1:4 L USM lens and pulled back at 73mm.
Getting deep behind the aloes and cactus next to the lifeguard tower I kept the plants in mind waiting for set waves for about an hour. It took patience waiting for the best rides and quite a few tries at different focal lengths. The result was a pretty unique angle with a cool foreground that had a few people guessing it was taken some where else.
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