I'm a proud Westie, I'll admit it. Not Westie as in bogan, more a connection with the West Coast, from clean off-shore waves to invigorating winter storm fronts. It is exciting, it is active. But you can't stay put all the time and over the last week it has been all about journeys to our eastern shores.
Mission Bay Mission
There's a really cool doctrine in photography; and that is to set yourself projects and see them through. In practice it means you've clarified what the goal is and you've got a clear direction, it gives your photography purpose. This is being applied to the two PhotoCPL book projects this year. One of those books is a New Zealand Beach book, it'll be the third one done, it'll also be the best one- that's the goal.
A book project like this leads to going to places [beaches] you wouldn't normally bother with. That kind of sounds bad aye, but as a westie, what possible reason would there be to make the journey from beautiful Piha to some artificially enhanced inner city beach? Well 1.37 million people can't be all wrong right? Turns out old bloody Mission Bay is actually pretty darn nice on a balmy summer's evening.
Mission Bay, you are alright...for a city beach
In New Zealand Surfing's photographic ranks, for the most part, we all support each other and there's good open dialog. Daniel 'Digga' Davie is one of our leading proponents. Actually Digga is one of those annoying mates that happens to be REALLY good at anything he puts his hand to; Shaping- yep his Dad Bob Davie taught him pretty darn well, airbrush and fine art- yep he has a great hand, surfing..ahh ah, there's a PhotoCPL covershot of him back in the NZSM days.
Diggs has a new website for his photography, which is well worth a gander; my favourite section is his people and portraiture.
The wave images are, of course, nothing short of eastern goodness at its best.
Check it HERE
From The Galleries
Keeping it East, here's a technically demanding pano made a few winters ago. Love the real lens-flare!
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