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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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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