Archive for the ‘HOW TO’ Category

May 17th, 2013 | By | 2,215 Comments

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.

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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)

2. Then, while still shooting from down the beach, I pulled it in a bit to capture a guy in the barrel.
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May 14th, 2013 | By | 1,672 Comments

SWELL Summer Surfboard Guide 2013

Need help selecting your summer shred-stick? Check out SWELL’s quiver that has a magic board for anyone in every  surf condition.


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Catchsurf Beater: Dont get barred by the blackball… surf it, skim it, or sponge it anywhere.
Catchsurf Odysea: Air-drop into that wedgey shore-pound, and don’t sweat snapping your stick.

 


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Infinity 5F: Increase your wave-count with this fast, loose, versatile board that’s easy to paddle.
Pier Pony: The preferred board of Brett Simpson for flicking and sticking little airs in HB slop.

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May 12th, 2013 | By | 2,425 Comments

Photo Tip Of The Week Kona Water Photog, Sarah Lee Explains Her Perspective On "The Golden Hour"

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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”

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“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.

 

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May 9th, 2013 | By | 514 Comments

Employee Picks: Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas

The boys of SWELL put together the best mother-lovin’ gift ideas money can buy. It’s a little late in the game so you might have to overnight ship it, but who can put a price on a mother’s love?

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“Do mother’s love gold watches? …ummm do I love peeing in my wetsuit?” -Dave.
Shop Nixon for Mom

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“Mama Like…Mama Liiiiiike” -Bill.
Shop slippers for Mom

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“I still use the blankie my mom gave me, return the favor with a beach blanket” -Morgan.
Shop Beach Blankets
for Mom

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“One size fits all moms and wallets” -Jeff
Shop Scarves for Mom

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“Moms who lug around lots of crap, calls for roomy bags” -Clayton

Shop Bags for Mom

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“When it comes to protecting her from the sun’s harsh rays…the floppier the better” -Jonathan
Shop Brimmed Hats for Mom

Final Thoughts: “Mother, There is no other, Like Mother So treat Her right” -Mr. T