September 4th, 2015
Photo Tip Of The Week Matt Kurvin Explains Shooting Different Vantage Points During a Single Session
It’s easy to find a good spot when photographing a surf session and plant yourself there for the entire time. Many times what you get are a lot of great photos, but all of them tend to be very similar in composition.
Yes, you can shoot long lenses and short (still recommended), shoot high and low, but the vantage point remains the same. I like to move around a bit and see what I can get. or me it keeps the day exciting, because I never know what I might find.
Let’s take a recent day at Pipeline for example.
1. I started down the beach at Rocky Point, first setting up a nice line-up shot (above)
Sterling Spencer aka Centaur, aka Sad Clown, aka Chancho, aka Hipster in training, has added “mad scientist” to his resume. He’s taking single use plastics out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and into radical new Billabong Recycler Series Boardshorts.
Years Surfing? 17.
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Favorite Spot? Cola Point.
What kind of car do you drive? A van.
Favorite Food? Curry.
Who or what inspires you? Good humans, humans that do good, goodness of humans, the human goodness.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Jumping off a diving board into a pool of money like in Duck Tales.
What person do you most admire? My father.
What’s your greatest extravagance? I’m too cheap.
What word or phrase do you most overuse? Hey…you know de rules.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I birthed a baby once.
If you could, what or who would you come back as in your next life? A Billabong recycled boardshort.
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The Golden Hour… Underwater
“The last 30 minutes of sunlight isn’t just beautiful above water … it is insanely beautiful BELOW the sea as well. It’s taken me awhile to consider shooting underwater during sunset. Maybe it’s because I would rather be surfing, but recently, I have fallen in love with golden hour, underwater.
Taken on a GoPro Hero 3. This was one of the first photos I took underwater at sunset. The waves were inconsistent but the weather was gorgeous, so for this wave I held the GoPro steady the first set wave passed over me, and thanks to the low light + warm rays of the setting sun, it created this effect. Photoshop-free”
“Within the last 30 minutes of sunset … no need for camera filters when the warm sun glows like this on her skin! Open your eyes next time you duck dive at sunset. The light rays are incredible, and I was finally able to capture it with this photograph.” -Sarah Lee
Sarah won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Follow The Light Foundation Photography Grant in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Read more about Sarah’s water photography.