Posts Tagged ‘follow the light’

December 10th, 2013 | By | 89 Comments

SWELL Snapshot: Chris Burkard Featured SWELL Surf Photographer Breaks Down the Journey In the Dec Catalog

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SWELL stopped by Burkey’s Central Coast Studio to get some insight into his Arctic surf tales seen in the December Catalog. The inaugural Follow the Light grant winner has become a trailblazer for frosty surf expeditions, here’s how the 26 year old surf photo savant keeps crushing it.

SWELL: Explain what kind of trippy Northern Lights magic is going on the cover.

Burkard: This moment was unreal, it was as if the entire sky lit up for me and me alone. 2am… 5 hours before I left for home and the only clear night of the trip. It snowed all day and late in the evening it cleared and I knew this was my moment so I hike to the beach, 1 mile from my cabin, and shot these photos. It was one of the best experiences of my life, hands down. The sky was spiraling and channeling orange/ red blue and green… straight from the sea  to the sky. (more…)

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July 26th, 2013 | By | 5 Comments

Photo Tip | Follow the Light Edition -Mark McInnis Follow the Light People's Choice Award Winner Explains Planning the Shot

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Compose your shot before you shoot it. As a photographers, we are always working. Even if we’re driving around without a camera, it’s imperative that we keep our eyes peeled for possible locations to shoot. If you see something interesting, note the time of day, the location and what you want to photograph there. And even if you’re showing up to shoot at a location that you’ve never been to, find something interesting about it. Maybe it’s a background or a foreground. Maybe that means walking half a mile down the beach and shooting pulled back. (more…)

July 24th, 2013 | By | 1,222 Comments

Follow the Light Awards Show 2013

Trevor Moran of New Jersey has forever been inducted to the class of surf photographers following the light of Larry “flame” Moore’s Legacy. Trevor took home a photography grant for $5,000 to pursue traveling the world in pursuit of building his portfolio.

Trevor’s Winning Slideshow
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July 15th, 2013 | By | 45 Comments

Photo Tip | Follow the Light Edition -Trevor Moran

Jamie Moran;

Trevor’s Photo Tip: Light it up.  The East Coast has the brownest and murkiest water of anywhere I’ve ever seen.  Even with bright sunshine, the barrels here become so dark its difficult to get any sort of proper exposure or contrast.  Using a flash to fill the dark cave allows for a balanced exposure to match the ambient light outside of the barrel, giving the photo much more contrast and pop while still being subtle with the flash.  The most important part of shooting with a flash is practice and patience. (more…)