Surf Photography

That Time I Was Accidentally Forced To Create A Photography Page

In my last blog post I discussed what first got me interested in photography. In this post, I'll rehash a pretty funny story about how I was basically forced to create a photography page and start to take my hobby semi seriously. 

A few months after I first got interested in photography, I decided I should merge it with another passion of mine; surfing. Why it took months for it to dawn on me I should try surf photography, I have no clue. When it did finally click, there was an upcoming surf competition in Panama City Beach called the Mr. Surf's Cold Water Classic. As an aside, being a New Yorker who grew up surfing in snow storms, I found it amusing that Floridians had a competition called the Cold Water Classic. But to be fair, the water was cool enough you needed a wetsuit, so I'll give them that. 

I decided this competition would be a great opportunity to try my hand at surf photography. It was just down the street from my house, so why not. I walked down to the beach, took pictures for a little while, and went back home to see what I caught. At the time I was still using my Nikon P510, and only had the Nikon editing software that came with your camera when you bought it. I didn't know the first thing about editing. Color correction, white balance, exposure, highlights, etc. were all completely foreign terms to me. I basically just played with the editing tools and just eyeballed it. Whatever I thought looked good, I went with. And I had one shot that I was pretty happy with.

This shot of Matt Zimmer in Panama City Beach, FL is the shot that really started everything for me.

This shot of Matt Zimmer in Panama City Beach, FL is the shot that really started everything for me.

This was my best shot of the day. I had a handful of others that turned out okay, but I was pretty stoked with this. So I sent the picture to the owner of Mr. Surf's Surf Shop who hosted the competition, Tony Johnson aka 'Mr. Surfs'. I basically said "Hey Tony, I caught a good shot at the comp today, check it out!"  Well Tony liked it also, and he posted it on Facebook . But what he said with the image was "Great shot from today. Rich Brooks has a bunch of professional shots from today's competition, go check them out!"

That was nice of Tony. The only problem was, I didn't! I didn't have a bunch of shots, and I certainly didn't have a photography page! I only had my personal page with all the security settings that no one would've been able to find me. So I spent that Saturday and Saturday night editing a handful of pictures so I at least had something to post, and then figuring out how to create a Facebook page for my photography. And that's the time I was accidentally forced to create a photography page. 

Hope everyone has a great week. Cheers!

Chris Burkard Photography Workshop

So if you follow me on Facebook, you know that things have been pretty busy lately!  In the past few months I had two pieces published by The Inertia, I was selected to be a 'Local Pro Photographer' for Surfline, and most recently I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in a photography workshop being put on by Chris Burkard at the Florida Surf Film Festival.  I am super excited about being able to go to this workshop.

Chris Burkard is one of my top 3 favorite photographers out there, along with Clark Little and Morgan Maassen (you should all go check out their work if you haven't before).  He is a 28 year old, self-taught photographer who loves to travel and capture stunning landscapes in addition to surfing.  I have a style that is a little like his, except that I enjoy being in Florida, and he is often in frigid location such as Antarctica and Iceland.  In our own ways, we both tie surfing in to the bigger picture of the surrounding world.  The focus isn't just what the surfer is doing, but where he is doing it.  Surfing is a sport that interacts with Mother Nature unlike any other sport in the world, and that is always something that I enjoy capturing in my images.  I can't wait for this workshop so I can learn from one of the best!  Here's a video that was recently finished about one of Chris's trips.  It will give you a taste of what he goes through, and show you some of his breathtaking work.