A Light Show

As the sun sets it releases the days tensions and reminds us that tomorrow is a new day.

I went out for a “setting sun session” the other day at Huntington Beach, CA. I wanted to capture the essence of what it feels like as the light falls behind the Pacific Ocean and that sensation as a surfer when you realize you almost don’t even need to see what you are doing to enjoy the rush surfing brings you.

Having to shoot into the light in sports photography is an image killer, good thing I don’t think surfing is a sport… It’s hard to explain to a surfer that I got the shot but not one they will appreciate, every surfer wants a well lighted image of themselves (But other surfers can enjoy the silhouette)

At 4:30 the sun was staring me in the face, making it hard to focus, took me a good 30 minutes to get this shot to work

The only place I could get the blinding light to work for me was in the barrel. Good thing its like a second home for me haha

I said it more then a few times, to get this shot you always get blasted in the side of the head. You’re trying to hold your position and then BAM!!! All the neck pains are worth it when it comes together :)

I was probably more upset he didn’t make this wave then he was

I took this photo because I realized I was about to have no more light and the only photos that would still work would be above the lip.

At the end of the session you stay in the water hoping to get that last glimpse of magic, the one that lets you go in with a smile on your face.

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5 responses

  1. The last four photos are absolutely beautiful! Great work once again! One day I will be somewhere, surfing early in the morning and enjoy the day. While working towards that day, these photos will be a great inspiration. :>

    April 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

  2. Reblogged this on rembeau and commented:
    Great pictures

    April 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

  3. Dad

    alightshow-2 reminds me of an Irwin Allens’ 60′s sci-fi TV show called “The Time Tunnel”

    May 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    • Thanks pops, It was a great lighting day. I have no clue what show you are talking about but when do I ever haha

      May 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  4. Glynis Wimberly

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