It has been really dark and grey recently, so sharp, detailed images are really hard to come by in natural lighting. There is virtually no natural colour as well, so I was thinking black and white images when I headed down to Langland Bay on a stormy day to see what the surfers were up to. Although there were some decent waves, the lighting didn’t allow any photos of impact. I decided to change tack and moved over to the side of the bay where the long boarders were gathered.
This allowed me a side on view of them and also reduced the number of surfers around in the water. This gave less distracting elements in the background. As the long boarders were not trying any fancy tricks and holding their position on the board in a fairly still manner, they looked better when I used a slower shutter speed to show motion blur in the water. There were lots of misses with this technique, but when it works, I really liked the results.