1.8.2020 – work of the past year

work of the past year
the strangers who became friends
study wind and waves

Entirely random thoughts as I try to make sense of a day that by 9AM had me ready to chuck 20 years experience in the bin and go on with life.

Surfing the ‘net, I came across a story about the difficulty of taking great photos of … surfers!

Beat that!

The choice of words and the passion that came through the words stuck a note.

The author writes, “These are planned shots that we all see in our heads but take tons of luck and cooperation by nature to work. When they do, it’s the best feeling ever!”

The best feeling ever.

I used to have that at work a lot.

Of late I feel like I am running when a brick wall drops in front of me and forces me to another direction.

Then another wall drops.

Another direction.

Another wall.

Another direction.

The area around me decreases.

Running out of directions to turn.

Running out of room.

Out of room?

Sometimes you hear word combinations that you like.

Sometimes you hear word combinations that hit your brain like a brick.

Study wind and waves.

Study wind and waves?


Here is the bit of text with the story The magic of the perfect surf photo

The three critical elements to surf photography are good light, good surfers and good waves. Most of us photographers get up early to take advantage of all three. Because the ocean is a fickle environment, our window to capture these moments may only come once a month. We study wind and wave charts like meteorologists. We factor in family and jobs, dropping responsibilities more than we should when conditions are right.

When all the elements align, when you’ve made it out there, swum in a turbulent ocean for hours and got home to see an incredible photo, your stoke is off the charts.

The surfers are often strangers who become friends, names and numbers exchanged, meetups discussed and planned shoots coordinated. The photos below, by several photographers, were selected for such a meetup – an evening in southern California last November with several surf photographers to share work of the past year

Josh Robusto in San Diego in https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jan/01/surf-photography-california-waves

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