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Surf Photography 101

1) equipment: 600mm lens
*optional method - shoot from water (less expensive, but much more difficult.)
2) know your camera: remember, you are photographing a fast moving subject on an often highly reflective surface. The slightest change in lighting will demand quick adjustments of settings.
3) know your wave conditions: this is where your experience and beach knowledge comes into play. You need to know where to go to increase your percentage of capturing high quality action shots.
4) weather conditions: wind and rain are the enemy.
5) lighting conditions: using fast shutter speeds requires optimum lighting conditions. There are exceptions to this rule [link]
6) positioning: finding the sweet spot to shoot from, a few feet can make all the difference in the world.
7) connecting with the talent: working with talented surfers will increase your percentage ten fold. Being able to identify the talent is another key aspect. I personally know almost all the surfers that I photograph and I communicate with them.
These are just some of the basic elements required to get high quality shots on a consistant basis.

surfer: Gavin Gillette
location: Haleiwa - Hawaii

edit 3-17-08: new crop and border
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AngelGliss3 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Student
Amazingly cool!! Clap Clap 
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slixxrick Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
very nice bruh.
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks.
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FrubaFan819 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I love the action
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank u.
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CYCLONEKITTY1818 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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pehwestim Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Que loucura ...


Brazil (Y)
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Xsx304 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Photographer
yo dude! looks nice! the lens takes a while to save up for! :D
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:iconmanaphoto:
manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
yes it does...thanks.
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LouiseGilburt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
what an amazing photo!!! Im speechless :)
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xXDeathxXxchild Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Pic! Do you mind if I use it as a pose reference?
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Cindy-trekfan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
awesome, the detail is like.. WOW
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Scar12345 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Beautiful shot!!!

If you look closely it almost looks like hes pushing the water back with his hands. Nice
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks...he is definitely directing it.
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Scar12345 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
;)
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naturalplace Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Photographer
I usualy avoid sports photography; but you captured an essence here that is inspiring. Great job!
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:iconmanaphoto:
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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Undercheese101 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
what a great shot...wow!
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Thorvold Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot. I've just started to try shooting some of the local sufers. Unfortunately I don't have good access to good lighting positions to the surfers as I'm stuck on a cliff with the sun behind the surfers for the most part.
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks...try to find a spot where you can keep the sun at your back.
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:iconthorvold:
Thorvold Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm hoping to make it out to Mavericks for the big wave comp. this year. I'm even looking into getting on a boat that takes you right out to where the surfers are (best vantage point). But that's a long shot for me.
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
now that would be awesome.
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awesome!:D
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cailenc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Good Shot :)
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angosworld Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Photographer
from a fellow surfer i can say but one thing- sick. nice one bru
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
Cool...thanks.
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generationm Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
awesome shot dude :P
u capture a nice pose and full of atcion too :D
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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nelesy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Really cool pic!
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bernice01 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
GNARLY PICTURE!!! AND GREAT TIPS!!
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the fav.
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fcarmo-photography Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured here: [link] :)

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manaphoto Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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the3plesix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Powerful shot!! :D
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2good4ya Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
good shot...amazing!
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the fav.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations :clap: This deviation has been featured in *dove-51’s Journal.
See [link]
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Your very welcome. :)
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Pirate-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Great shot! Instant fav! :D
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Kool...thank you.
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WHOgenotte Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
super picture and thanx for your comment to your job.... very interesting for me

Roy
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
glad you liked that...thanks for the fav.
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Iriesurfinchick Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
yeeehaw!
Bravo my friend..most excellent
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aefg Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Great, great catch!
Congrats :)
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Kool...thanks.
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PatriciaVazquez Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
one of your best !!
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manaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
awesome...thanks for the fav.
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