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    • I've been lucky enough to have been out there once. The most prominent memory that I have is the fear that overcame me the first time a wall of water came rushing towards the boat. As the wave approached us, there was a moment when the water level was well above the boat. My immediate thought was that we'd be capsized and it was terrifying. Of course everything was fine, but then I realized what it must feel like to be in the water on a surfboard. 😱

      πŸ“·: One of the unedited photos I took.

    • Thanks Awais πŸ™

      And riding the waves is wayyy more difficult than photographing them. I have mad respect for every surfer that paddles out.

    • Whoa, having been out on boats at Mavericks and have my heart stop a few times as it seemed the boat went vertical to get over a surprise wave, that was crazy to watch. My worst nightmare, especially because my camera equipment would have gone to the bottom. Thanks for the link.

      And welcome to Cake, Professor! πŸŽ‰

    • When out on a jet ski, do you use some type of water protection for your camera equipment? If some type of protection is use, what is it? Thanks!

    • While visiting San Francisco, My wife and I drove down to Santa Cruz. We stopped at Half Moon Bay and walked out to the point. The surfers looked like little specs when you could see them. As we were walking back to the car, behind a surfer that had just paddled in, another surfer heading out asked him how it was and he said, "it's ok, about twenty feet" ! We stopped at Jeff's shop and met him before heading south. really nice guy. A few years later I rode my Bicycle from Danville through Crow Canyon to Oakland and the Bay, Then From The Marin Headlands, South to Santa Cruz. Again stopping at Half Moon Bay but it was a flat day. Beautiful area to ride a bicycle through.

    • I do wear a waterproof jacket over my wetsuit and tuck my camera under it when there's sea spray. I also carry my extra equipment in a dry bag that sits in the hull of the jet ski. I've never used any sort of housing for photographing from a jet ski or boat, but unfortunately, that resulted in the loss of 2 cameras on the same day right after photographing this shot. I was too slow to tuck the cameras under the jacket and IMHO we were dangerously close. I won't get that close again. I'm not comfortable with the idea of being held down for multiple minutes.

    • Wow! to both the resulting photo and the loss of two cameras in one day! Bittersweet day of photography I guess?

      What type of focal length lenses are you using when shooting from a jet ski?

      When photographing from a jet ski, is the jet ski generally moving in some direction or does it try to remain stationary? I am guessing there is some creativity going on with the placement of the jet ski in relation to the surfer being photographed?

      What were the type of cameras that got ruined? I am guessing "weather sealed" protection on most cameras is mist/rain type protection versus being submerged in a down pour of a crashing salt water wave?

      Have you ever tried sufer shooting in the water with a housing? If so, what focal length lens is normally used?


    • Hi Kevin, You did an awesome job on this photo... it is really amazing!!! May I use this photo as a poster background? It is for a Chinese Gospel non-profit organization. Please let me know! Thanks!! Sueann