#930

#930


I’ve written previously about surf photography and how much I enjoy it. Now that I’m actually living on the beach and can simply walk out and photograph surfers whenever I want, I really enjoy it.

It’s nice standing in the shallow waters of the ocean, looking out at the line of surfers, watching the waves, waiting for the next set to roll in, finding the surfer I’m going to photograph and capturing split-second after split-second while they ride in. While I love shooting a perfect sequence, I like capturing moments outside of the standard actions shots. Photos that relay the scene. Living practically on the beach, often I’ll get up in the morning, make a pot of coffee then walk out to the beach, with cup in hand, and sit on one of the concrete benches there and just look out. Always, there is someone in the water.

Navigating busy waters

Navigating busy waters

I need a longer lens still. I now have two 300mm lenses (the second one being a gift from my dad) and neither are suited for what I’m shooting. I mean, I’m making do (kind of), but the shots could be… should be… so much better. That Sigma 400mm has got to be my next large purchase. And while the 1.4x teleconverter that mounts on it will be great for nature shots, it’s not going to be of much use for surf photography since you’re in manual focus mode when it’s attached. And my eyes play games with me and can’t be trusted. Much like squirrels.

#358

#358

I sometimes think it might be more prudent to get a water casing for my camera before getting a longer lens. And then swimming out to where the surfers are and shooting them at close range. I’d love to do that, really. I just don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know.

#593

From the 26th of June.

Anyway, the surf scene is pretty sweet where I live because it is comprised, almost exclusively, of local surfers. Which is fantastic because the talent pool is phenomenal. So there are always actions shots to be taken. One of my neighbors told me that <insert name of well-known surfer here> was in the water the other day. So it really isn’t just tourists surfing in Jacó. At all.

Who has it, who has it, who has it? We have a winner. Move, wave!

Who has it, who has it, who has it? We have a winner. Move, wave!


Before moving here, I had always believed the surf scene here to consist mostly of tourists with locals surfing here and there. That’s not the case. Sure, there are a lot of tourists surfing but locals dominate the waters. Tourists just appear among them. One of the things that I get a kick out of: if the waves are breaking just right, every single local seems to know it and, magically, has the freedom to go out and ride them at that moment. Like everyone’s on permanent, extended flextime. There can be nobody at the beach and then suddenly, the line is packed with surfers in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday. Pura vida.

Making a break for it.

Making a break for it.

All of the surf photos from today (and other days) are on my page on Facebook.

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