Evening surf at Arrifana

Yesterday after a long day of moving from Luz to Lagos and some surfing as well, I decided to go for a evening surf. My kids and their friends stayed in Lagos and went out for a dinner. There are lots of restaurants in Lagos but they went to my favourite one (one of them) it´s The Green Room. A restaurant that serve really good Mexican food. Me on other hand loaded up my longboard and drew up to Arrifana. It´s a 45 min drive from Lagos. Arrifan is a beautiful town well worth a visit, not only for the surfing. I had a nice evening, mostly small longboard waves, but once in a while some bigger sets came rolling in. I surfed until the sun disappeared behind the hill, the water always feel a little bit sharky after the sun gone down.

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This is Emma Lockett riding a small barrel in Arrifana a couple of years ago. Always liked the light and the backdrops on that beach, perfect for surf photography.

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Portugal again

Time for another trip to Portugal. This time I will bring my kids and they will bring a friend each, total five persons this time. Their friends never been in Portugal and never tried surfing before, so we are hoping for nice small clean waves that suits beginners. When you try to learn someone surfing who never tried it before I always just want them to feel the same enthusiasm and love for surfing as I did the first time I tried it out. I mean, how can you not fall in love with this sport? It´s one of the most greatest thing you can do, sitting in the lineup with your kids and waiting for some waves. Talking about everything and nothing with your kids while you’re waiting for that wave. So I really hope I can show my kids friends what a nice water sport this is. Hopefully I will get back home with some happy kids and lots of new photos.

 

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Happy Friday

Some days are better than others, the conditions are better, the water is full of talented surfers. After, what seems just to be a short moment, you realize that you spent hours of taking over thousands pictures. This pictures is from one of those days. Almost every sets of waves that came produced at least one barrel. The beach is u-shaped so I could position myself so I was shooting from the side into the barrel. Another good thing with that is in this beach you also get a really nice backdrop, not seen on this picture. So here I cought Sam Lamiroy in one of his many barrels that day. One day I gonna catch one when I am surfing as well =)DSC_74k56

Macro mode

So what do you do when there aren’t any surfers to shoot pictures at or the surf is to bad or you have to spend a couple of hours on the beach waiting for the waves to kick in. Well I usually starts to look where I’m sitting. Some times we sit on a different world we aren’t aware of. I’m talking about our friends the Bugs. Lots of different cool creeps on the beach. If you start looking you usually finds lots of things to shoot while you waiting for the waves. You don necessary need a macro lens, you can always zoom in in your picture when you editing it later in Photoshop.

This spider was shot with my old tamron 150-300 mm lens and then in the editing process i zoomed in on the spider. This one is really small, maybe 5mm so its when you zoom in then you can see how beautiful it is. This one was really tricky to shoot. Its the ones that don’t hunt with a Webb it jumps on their pray instead so they are super fast. But I manage to get a decent shot after a couple of tries. Anyway its lots of fun trying to shoot them with your camera.

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My daughter found this lizard on the beach. You don’t need a macro lens or to zoom in on it, this one is quite big. Never seen anyone like this one before, so I’m very happy my daughter noticed it in the sand. The lizard just sat there and was ok about me taking some pictures of him/ her.

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This praying mantis was sitting on the floor at the restaurant we where having an after surf beer at. Some of them are really bright green, but this one is maybe not that beautiful but I like it anyway. I’ve heard that the can deliver a nasty bite if you play with it. So my tip of the day is… the world of macro is wonderful, look around, and you can get some really cool pictures

 

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