Morning Surf, Batu Bolong, November 2019_-16
Batu Bolong Morning Surf, December 01st 2019
Morning Surf Wide
Batu Bolong
Canggu, Bali
Dec 11th, 2019

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So having complained that shooting long boarders at Batu Bolong was no longer very exciting the swell picked up and I had a pretty exciting time. It was a mission getting out, or staying in the same place and I basically spent 2 hours swimming like a *****.

I don’t know how many waves I must have ducked but it was basically every wave for two hours. I have a little bit of a routine where I head out by the temple, head straight out to where some people I know typically are before heading on to Batu Bolong and sitting for a bit where the wave is a bit more consistent and most of the surfers are.

Except sitting wasn’t an option on Wednesday due to the size of the waves. I am going to know that once I start toward the shore I am finished as the waves literally spit me out. It is becoming a case of seriously deciding how many times I have the energy to battle against the tide before I give up. Given the size of the waves, Magic Seaweed was forecasting 5-7 foot, that process was accelerated.

I had gone with the intention of getting some shots of Marko stepping up his board and hanging over the end. I found him when I had given up all hope of getting back out and he gave me a two and I got a few more shots, probably not anything as exciting as he was hoping for.

This is the first time I have got out of the water completely broken. The issue was that I was super focused on ducking the waves and dint realise until afterwards that I had been shooting wide the whole time, which is a little disappointing as I was nowhere near close enough to the surfers and so the images have been cropped significantly. I think I am going to settle the focal length at 50mm in future and not dick around with it in the water.

The second issue is that for some reason I was shooting at 2500th of a second which is way to fast and I think why the clear skies are a bit noisy although the cloudy skies look cool, like in this one:

Batu Bolong Big Surf 11th December 19-6

I particularly like this shot with the morning sun reflecting of the surf.

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And this one of Marko is OK.

Batu Bolong Big Surf 11th December 19-15

I hope you enjoy the photos, please let me know if you have any feedback or tips for me and my surf photography 🙂

Martin Henley

Martin Henley

Occasional Photographer

Struggling to be take better photographs more often and to find beautiful ways to present and share.

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