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Surf Photographer | Wave Photography
The reason why I enjoy photographing the artistic wave from my point of view is because it’s so hard to describe what i see when I’m in the water. For years before I got into wave photos, I would be bodysurfing these beautiful perfect waves in the morning, the colors would be amazing and I wanted to share it with others. No one in their right mind would wake up at 4:30am to watch the sunrise, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be in the water experiencing what I am. So with my background in photography, and many, meany years of practicing, I learned the art of wave photography.
However, I feel I’ve learned a lot in the lat 6 years, so now most morning I will wake up 4:30am and drive all the way out there to the beach. If I’m lucky the conditions will be good enough to even get into the water. Secondly, once I get into the water I usually have to take about 700 photos (or 16G of memory) to get maybe 1 or 2 photos.
I think wave photography has gotten so popular from Clark Little. He’s an amazing photographer, and since then people think you can just buy a waterhousing and hold it out next to a wave, you’ll have beautiful photos. It’s not the case… It literally took me a year before I got one shot. All of my shots prior to that were horrible. After 5 years of shooting waves, 2 broken fingers, 5 days in the hospital, multiple injuries, I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. However, I can admit that it is much more satisfying getting one good shot from all the effort it takes from me to get one good wave image.
I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I enjoy taking them. – Kenji