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May 12th, 2013 | By | 2,387 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 | 500 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

April 25th, 2013 | By | 106 Comments

Photo Tip Of The Week… SURFER MAGAZINE Photog Bryce Lowe-White Talks About Tube Vision

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Zuma Beach, Los Angeles. Photo: BLW

How To Shoot a Point of View (POV) Barrel Photo
1. Use a fisheye lens and high shutter speed on a camera with a burst rate of at least 6 frames/sec
2. When a hollow wave approaches, position yourself close to the pocket like you’re about to bodysurf
3. As The lip throws, reach your camera up as high as possible in the top corner pocket of the wave
4. Keep your wrist stiff and camera as level as possible. An even horizon line makes the image pop with that realistic POV you are aiming for. And don’t forget a camera leash
5. Take a lot of photos/beatings. No matter how many images you take withthis POV nevers gets old

“With the popularity of waterproof cameras like GoPro, these days you see a lot of people swimming out into the lineup and shooting empty waves and shore break. I love trying to get these type of images looking out of the barrel to give viewers that surfers point of view. For me, these moments happen while I am swimming around in the impact zone as I am lining up with a surfer waiting for a set” -Bryce Lowe White,  Photo Editor & Video Producer | SURFER MAGAZINE

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See All the waterproof cameras here, and see Bryce’s watershots at Photoblw.com

March 11th, 2013 | By | 750 Comments

How To: Convert Your Garage Into A Shaping Bay Board Building Series Volume 1.

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Be the envy of every guy on the block by converting your garage into a fully functional shaping bay. Friend of SWELL, Andrew formed his own surfboard label by building and glassing boards for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how he began the hobby that makes him part of the salty society of DIY shapers.

The Shaping Block is the centerpiece of your shaping bay. Like a saw horse, you can improvise a number of set ups. Andrew constructed his with mobility in mind to roll in and out as needed

Materials: 2 alloy wheels from an old dually truck (or 2, 5-gallon buckets)
1 bag of quikcrete
Wood: 4″x4″ 3 feet long (2ct)
2×4″ 26 inches long (4ct)
2×4″ 6 inches long (4ct)

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-Cement in the 4×4 into the bucket and screw two 2×4 to the sides. The top should be just below waist high.

-Screw 6″ blocks to the top creating an even (use a level) surface to rest a board, then staple carpet in the u-shaped saddle to protect your blanks from rail dings.

The next step is creating an organized set-up for your shelves and lighting. Adjustable back lit lighting is crucial for seeing curvatures and shadows in the shaping process. Here’s a quick tutorial on basic shelves and lighting.

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