Oct 16th, 2020
Glassy, Airport Reef, 16th October 2020
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What you want, if you get out of bed at sparrows fart to go surfing, and maybe especially if you go to shoot surfing, is for it to be glassy and for there to be waves.
This was a month ago as i write this so I can’t remember how big the waves were but I don’t recall being disappointed, so there must have been waves. I certainly wasn’t disappointed by the glassiness is that a word?
I think it gets glassy when there is no wind.
Otro-Modo-surfschool.com describe glassy like this:
“Glassy refers to the surface of the water when surfing on days without wind. On these days, the water is as smooth as a mirror, no matter how small a bump in the wave disturbs the surfers when surfing. From clean waves with glassy water dreams every surfer. And every surfer who has ever experienced perfect waves with Glassy water, knows the feeling then to feel every little movement of the surfboard in the turns. Like a speed skater with freshly cut skates on a freshly prepared rink.
Glassy is the opposite of Choppy.”
The English isn’t great but it gives you a good sense of how it feels to be in the water when its glassy.
Personally I hadn’t consider that it made that much of a a difference to the surfers.
I just know that its really nice to be in the water when its glassy and the reflections really add something to the shots. There is something weird about how the waves can be throwing up so much disruption in the water but the reflection still happens.
If I had known I would have paid more attention to this phenomena and focussed a little more on trying to capture it.
As it is this is the only picture that really captures it:
This is probably the best shot of the set. Marko is always pleased if I manage to catch him on the nose. It would have been better if he hadn’t been looking so serious and he had his arms down, but what can I do about that?
The light was also fantastic and its nice to have some clouds in the sky, I really like this:
The Technical Bit
I cant tell you too much about what was going on here technically cause I’ve had a fucking nightmare with my machine which means I have lost the RAW files.
I suspect that this might be the last time that my mask worked as I was nice and close to the surfers. I may have resolved that issue now so there is no need for any more comments supporting me on that – I actually received zero comments.
Actually, I have recovered the jpegs from the Lightroom previews including the metadata so I can tell you this happened before I started dicking around with the settings, these images were all shot at f9, at a 1000th of a second with auto ISO.
The other thing thats happened is that I have recruited an editor to fix up the colours for me cause of the colour blindness and all. She is absolutely brilliant and I am really pleased with what she is doing.
I hung on for as long as I can but tried one last time and managed to make the sky purple, my previous best was green.
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