After a recent walk with friends that took us through Fall Bay, I decided to return to try and get some surfing shots, using the coastline as a backdrop. It was hard getting the surfer, waves and backdrop in the ideal composition. Most of my attempts of a surfer on a wave just didn’t seem to work as well as the image above. Red is always a great colour for catching the viewers eye, so when a surfer arrived with a red coloured board on one side, I couldn’t believe my luck. Of the few frames I managed to get, the one above appealed to me the most.
With the sun backlighting the spray of the waves as they approached the shore, it gave me the opportunity to isolate one wave that was forming out to sea by itself over a shelf of rock. Although it doesn’t look that large the wave was a good six to eight feet tall. Some thing to provide?a sense of scale in the image would be nice, but it was too dangerous for the surfers?to surf with the rock shelf as close to the surface as it is.
As the light began to fade, I attempted a few landscape images with the sun hiding behind the clouds and headland. The position of the white foam of the incoming tide proved important to the composition, so I took quite a few images to get the correct sense of motion and volume of white in the image. I still think of the images as a work in progress, so look out for more to come.