Incredible Waves: Amazing Surf Photos and How to Shoot Them

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Beautiful, unique, kaleidoscopic, geometrically exquisite...perfect waves are some of Mother Nature’s most alluring and mesmerizing creations.

Incredible Waves is a stunning coffee-table book of photographs that capture the beauty and majesty of the world’s most awesome waves. This breathtaking volume is a collection of the best recent work by 20 top surf photographers including Clark Little, Brian Bielmann, Chris Burkard, Russell Ord, DJ Struntz, Tungsten, Jeff Flindt, Ray Collins and Andrew Shield. Among the most spectacular shots are images of big-wave breaks such as Pipeline, Cloudbreak, The Right, Teahupoo and Jaws – waves which are as dangerous as they are enticing, for photographers as well as surfers.

The stories behind the most dramatic shots are revealed in the accompanying text, along with essays and discussions about current trends in surf photography.
Readers interested in improving their own photographic skills will benefit from the technique sections throughout the book which offer tips and advice for getting better shots. Everything from basic composition to underwater photography is covered, along with tips for getting the best from board-mounted miniature cameras such as the GoPro.

The photos in Incredible Waves are guaranteed to thrill surfers, longboarders, kite surfers and bodyboarders alike...in fact everyone who loves looking at images of the ocean at its most spectacular.

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY CHRIS POWER

Of all the physical marvels on this planet of ours, ocean waves are surely among the most beautiful and spectacular. Whether you’re a fully committed surfer or someone who just loves the ocean, we all share the same sense of wonder when we look at great photos of incredible waves. The parabolic curve of the lip as it patches and throws. The stacked lines of an incoming swell. The surreal silver cylinder of a glassy barrel, shot from underwater. The technicolour hues of a tropical sunrise reflected in a pristine wave face. Awesome. Amazing. Enticing. Inspiring. We can’t get enough.

PIPELINE - HAWAII Photo: Ray Collins SECRET SPOT - DONEGAL BAY, IRELAND Photo: Roger Sharp AILEEN'S - COUNTY CLARE, IRELAND Photo: Mickey Smith JAMES HICK - THE RIGHT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Photo: Spencer Hornby JACK ROBINSON - THE BOX, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Photo: Russell Ord STU JOHNSON - CLOUDBREAK, FIJI Photo: Lucia Griggi

Shooting photos from the water is the main reason surf photographers do what they do. Dramatic close-up images from the lineup convey the magic of surfing better than anything else. Of all the types of photography you can try, water shots are the hardest, yet most rewarding and fun. You’ll need a custom-built water housing (which can cost as much as your camera) plus a wetsuit and a pair of swim fins. When starting out it’s best to learn the ropes using a longer lens and work your way closer as you get more experienced. Go for a 100mm or 85mm lens initially, then move down to a 50mm, then a 24mm; finally you’ll be ready to use a fisheye for those killer in-the-tube shots. Shooting from the water is really dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing – you’ll be dodging sledgehammer lips and fiberglass missiles the whole time, and then there are the currents, rocks and hold-downs to think about. Communication between you and the surfers you’re shooting is vital; explain what you want them to do, and how close they need to get.


CONTENTS

  • Foreword - by James Nick
  • Introduction - by Chris Power
  • Beyond the Horizon - Kirk Owens on the pursuit of the perfect wave
  • The Physics of Sick Waves - A layman's guide to the wonders of the ocean - by Roger Sharp
  • The Quest for Gold - The challenge to capture fresh images of the impact zone - by Chris Power
  • Immersed in Their Work - Photographers discuss their work and salute the world's most incredible waves
  • How to Shoot Waves From the Water - Water shots, underwater shots, and GoPro shots
  • How to Shoot Waves From the Land - Tele shots, heli-shots, pulled-back shots and more
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Beautiful, unique, kaleidoscopic, geometrically exquisite...perfect waves are some of Mother Nature’s most alluring and mesmerising creations.

Incredible Waves is a stunning collection of photographs that capture the beauty, majesty and danger of the world’s most awesome waves, including breaks like Pipeline, Cloudbreak, The Right, Teahupoo and Jaws which are as deadly as they are enticing.

Incredible Waves is a tribute to the beauty and power of the ocean at its most spectacular.

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