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June 16th, 2013 | By | 642 Comments

Photo Tip of the Week: Shawn Parkin Follow The Light Winner Talks About Getting Weird With Zoom Lenses

 

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Dane Reynolds, Lower Trestles. Lens: 50mm

“For many photographers, including myself, zoom lenses allow us to achieve greater focal range, at a relatively low cost. Good glass doesn’t come cheap, so many photographers need to stretch their lens budget by buying zoom lenses. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the ability to zoom can sometimes lead to stale perspectives. It’s far too easy to sit in one spot, zoom in to get a tight shot, and then zoom out to get a wide shot. But far more important that moving your zoom ring, is moving your feet. These photographs of Jason Arnold (below) and Dane Reynolds (above) were shot with the same lens (50mm fixed), on the same day. Two completely different perspectives, achieved by moving closer, and farther away from the subject.” -Shawn Parkin

Try this:
-Grab a prime (fixed focal length) lens for a session, or if you don’t have access to one, then use your zoom lens, but keep it fixed on one focal length. This will force you to move your position.

-To get a wide shot, you’ll have to move back. To get a tight shot, you’ll have to move in close. This will change the perspective in your photographs, and when done right, will help to create more interesting angles.

-Keep in mind that moving around to find different angles doesn’t always mean standing on your feet. Lay down on the ground. Climb a tree. Get weird.

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June 15th, 2013 | By | 888 Comments

theSWELLlife FItness Tip from SWELL Model, Emily.

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In need of some fitness inspiration? We asked SWELL model, Emily to share her fitspo…
Favorite inspirational quote: “You only regret the workout you don’t have.”
No matter how much you don’t want to have a workout, it’s true; the best part of it is when it’s done, then you are so happy you made the effort.

I think working out is easiest done when you’re having fun too; whether it’s swimming, or playing volleyball, or kicking a soccer ball around. Just keeping your heart rate up is the goal!
There’s always a time and place for the gym, but it’s so much more enjoyable when you can get exercise and have fun too.
- SWELL Model, Emily

Thanks for sharing your fitness inspiration Emily!
Check out Emily, rocking one of her favorite new styles at SWELL HERE

June 14th, 2013 | By | 1,141 Comments

Road Tripping: Baja or Bust Volume 1: The Complete Guide to Cheap Weekend Trips with Your Friends

Road trips are a right of passage for anyone who anyone who calls themselves “adventurous” and the travel junkies at SWELL are eager to share their secrets to scoring that all-time trip. The fist stop of the series follows  the SWELL crew south of the border to Rosarito during that big south swell in June.

THE BORDER

The inbound Tijuana border crossing just got a complete face-lift, redirecting traffic away from the formerly collision prone turn that steered rookie travelers into the belly of barrio. Rumor has it that TJ is cleaning up the border corruption and violence to make a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

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Border Tips
-Cross During Daylight Hours
-Stay in the right lanes to reach the coast. Stick to the Toll Road
-To avoid car emptying searches at drug checkpoints, slip the federale a nudie magazine

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Guys can basically wear one outfit the whole weekend

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Surviving In Style
Dakine Backpack -If it doesn’t all fit in 1 bag, you don’t need it. Wet/dry, laptop, more…
Hybrid shorts -For hitting the lip, or hitting the town. Stay classy my friend.
SurfTop -Don’t get barred by burns & rashes. Billabong makes em for marathon sessions
Xcel Dipped Booties -The reefs of north baja are littered with urchins, they suck.
Kanu Locking Tiedowns -Most crime in Mex is petty theft, and board banditos will burn you.
Tide Watch -The tide swings drastically further south.  Get dialed into any beach with Nixon

Other Essentials: GoPro, Swim Fins, Sunscreen, VonZipper Shades, Wax, Trucker Hat
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June 13th, 2013 | By | 1,407 Comments

Save Trestles Rally June 19th

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Trestles and San Onofre need at least one hour of your time on June 19th to help persuade the Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny the TCA’s permit to build the first “segment” of their ill-fated toll road.

In 2008, surfers and activists organized the largest turn-out for a public hearing in State history—and when the Coastal Commission saw 3,500 people in the audience, they were persuaded to deny the plan. We need to do that again! This time, we need hundreds of people to attend the Board meeting on June 19th so we can shut down this road once more.

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Don’t let the TCA pave our wave that’s considered “The Yosemite of Surfing”

WHAT: Water Quality Control Board Meeting regarding TCA’s permit for first 5 miles of road.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 2013. 1:00pm
WHERE: Water Quality Control Board? Meeting Room: 9174 Sky Park Court San Diego, CA 92123
WHY: To stop the TCA from building the road in segments down to San Onofre/Trestles. Bring your old Save Trestles shirts and signs. We will also have tee-shirts and signs for you!
savetrestles forever