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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The art of getting lucky

Sometimes you get lucky. June 2015 I was taking part of boot camp in Hossegor held by the surfer/ surf coach Jez Browning. First time for me in Hossegor and it turned out to be a great week. Jez picked us up at the airport in the afternoon and told us straight away that we were going straight to the beach for a surf session. He took us to the beach of Capbreton, really nice place. The waves were rolling in, not to big, perfect to start the week with. One really cool thing with that beach are the bunker complex from that’s standing on the beach. The bunkers where built by the Germans during the world war II as a part of the Atlantic wall. A little different view when you go surfing. They where originally built on land but due to land erosion they are now partly in the water. For some strange reason I never took any pictures of those bunkers. Claiming to be a photographer?! Live and learn!

Any way, one morning during that week we arrived to the beach very early. True! 07:15 says the meta data on my pictures and that’s early. When we arrived we noticed that there was an surf competition going on. Jez had a short look  and then e told me that I should take pictures of the longboard surfers because some of them might be famous. I spend like two hours taking pictures of them and some other surfers.

Didn’t think to much about it until like 8 month later when I was looking at World Surf Leags website and the surfers at their longboard tour. There was some familiar faces. That guy Antoine Delpero ranked No 1 in Europe, looked awfully a lot like one of the guy from that surf competition that early morning in Hossegor. After some comparing and searching on Facebook I found out that I’ve managed to take pictures of at least four of top surfers in the European longboard tour.

I later posted on of the images on Instagram and wrote in the caption that I just found out that they were famous surfers… Jez replied “well I told you so!”

So what did I learn? The more often I bring my camera with me and the more pictures I take them more lucky I get. Bring your camera and take lots of photos, don’t forget to surf though.

 

Eduardo Delpero

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Jez Browning, surf instructor

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“If your pictures are not good enough, you aren’t close enough”

The grate Hungarian-American war photographer Robert Capa ones said. “If your pictures are not good enough, you aren’t close enough”  I would never dream of comparing myself with Robert Capa, but when he gives you an advice I think one should listen. And yes there are thousands of quotes from famous photographer out there. You cant apply them all to your photography, would make you a little bit confused I guess. But use some of them once in a while, I’ve tried to do it with Roberts quote anyway. I always been drawn to close-up photos, I think photos most of the times gets more powerful  by leaving out unnecessary information.  Of course some times the background, backdrop is what is important in the picture, with out it the picture is nothing. So when I’m editing my pictures and I’m not satisfied with the result I usually try to zoom in to see what happens.

So when it comes to surf photography and you wanna get close, you have to step into the water or use a longer lens. I’ve just tried photography from the water a few times and I loved it, so that one of the things in my photography I wanna explore.

Here  some example what happens when you get in close or zoom in to your picture in the post production.The first picture is on Martin Coret ranked nr 5 on WSL longboard tour for the moment. The other is on Ze Mestre the son of Manuel Mestre who is famous surfer from Portugal.

 

Martin Coret,  Boot camp with Jez Browning , Hossegor 2015-06-23

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Ze Mestre from the longboard Boot camp at The Surf Experience, 2015-02-17

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The Golden Hour

I don’t know how many times I have been sitting on my surfboard in the line-up and realized that the light is getting better and better. You are entering what photographers calls the golden hour. It is the last hour before the sun sets and the light gets soft and warm and the ocean looks like its made of liquid gold. Perfect for photography with other words. And at the same time perfect sized waves rolls in and you are having so much fun surfing with your friends, but the light is so perfect. You also know that your friends and your self would love to have some photos from this moment. Nice waves with nice light that’s almost a guarantee that you will get a couple of really good shots. So what do you do? Well I usually surf as long as I think I still have some time to shot some pictures and then I paddle in grab my camera and start shooting, still wearing my wetsuit.

The golden hour is usually not only one hour it varies through the seasons. Most of the times you get more than one hour, but its the last one that you want. You also have the golden hour in the morning and then it starts from sunrise. I’ve heard that the journal  National Geographic refuses to even look at pictures not shot during those hours, when they are selecting there pictures. If its true or not I don’t know, but they do have some really amazing pictures in their magazine.

 

What do I prefer, surfing or photography? Well I love doing both but if I had to choose one of them it would  be surfing… nothing beats the feeling of surfing. But hey you can do both!

If you are having a photo session in the sunset and you don’t think the light in your picture turns out as you wish, lacking those nice sunset colours. Then you can try to underexpose them a little bit by using faster shutter speed or smaller aperture or both. That usually will do the trick. Or!!! you could just enjoy the moment and just sit there and watch the sun go down. But you are a photographer so that wont happen.

And some pictures I’ve shot after being torn apart between surfing and photography.

 

The beach of Porto de Mos cloes to Lagos, gets really stunning sunsets

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Rowan on his longboard. Rowan works as a surf instructor in Lagos. Great longboard surfer and really laid back person. Cool kid!

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This is the talented and great surfer Emma Hamilton waiting for the next set. Here I swam out to get my pictures. This is from the girls Boot camp at the Surf Experience with Sam Lamiroy.

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This is Manuel Mestres son, Ze Mestre.

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And here I got Jon Pennington running up and down the beach several times, just to get that shot. DSC_0642

 

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