Ireland, Photography, sport, surfing

Lone Surfer at Sunset

The clocks went forward on Saturday night, and now we have extra daylight in the evenings: Great for sunset surf sessions. Conditions were good; gentle offshore breeze, 3-5ft swell, and, after a grey day, the sun finally made an appearance.

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SB_20140331_0063_webGotta get myself a longer lens. These were all shot on a 50mm Summicron, which is a great lens, but something like a 90mm or longer is really required for sports photography if you want to get right in the action.

 

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Other Worlds: Underwater Photography

The weather has been fantastic over the past few weeks; 25C +, endless blue skies, warm summer breezes, dining al fresco, and many enjoyable hours spent at the beach. I got re-aquinted with my snorkel gear, and dusted off a bargain disposable underwater camera I picked up on Ebay.

swimming underwater is really like being in another world. The silence, the tranquility, the beautiful light, and endlessly fascinating sealife. One species I recently discovered is the Comb Jellyfish; apparently the oldest form of life on earth. (See pictures three and four for photos). An amazing little creature with what looks like fluorescent lights flickering along the length of its transparent body.

Its not the easiest thing shooting underwater. Trying to look through a tiny viewfinder wearing a snorkel mask, while maintaining position is near impossible. I was constantly struggling to stay down, and a weight belt would probably help.

I know these are not the sharpest photos, (due to scratched lens and long expired film) but for me, shooting underwater is all about atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere!

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Kids enjoying the summer.

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Crabs fighting over a dead flatfish.

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Comb Jellyfish

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Comb Jellyfish and light rays.

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Kris exploring the reef with his GoPro.

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The beautiful seabed.

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The Search for Surf

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Nice peeling lefts and rights!

South East Ireland is not the ideal location for surfing; we are pretty much sheltered from the big swells that come roaring in from the Atlantic. Occasionally, however, a swell will come far enough south to hit our beaches: If we are lucky the wind will be offshore; if we are really lucky the tides will be right; and if we are really really lucky, the sun will be shining down on our smiling faces!

Yesterday was one such day.

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Surf’s Up

Following on from my multimedia project handup in December, I bought a used disposable waterproof film camera, and brought it out for the first surf session of 2012. air temperature was around 5 deg C, water temp was 10 deg. C

After about two hours of catching fun waves, I got out of the water, took the camera out of the car, and – mistakenly – left the board and fins on dry land while trying my hand at surf photography.

It was not very easy with tired arms and legs, and having to wind on each frame with 5mm mitts ain’t easy while trying to stay afloat and dodging 5ft breaking waves. Still, we had a blast. Roll on the next swell.

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Inspiring short movies

Following on from our two workshops with Ed Kashi during the week, I’ve been doing a little research into some short stories/media pieces.

One of my current passions is bodyboarding, and recently I found this video on the brillant http://www.Magicseaweed.com website:

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County Championship Athletics

My daughter recently joined the local athletics club. Mayday was her first competitive meeting; County championship athletics for youths. She is eight years old.

It was great to see such a wide variety of talent and determination.

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