It has been 22 years since I got my first 'professional' water-housing. I wonder what the CP of 1994 would think of 2016's water world. It seems every second photographer has a water-housing. It would be easy to sound quite bitter here. Catch cries of the digital shooters not having to deal with only 36 frames on a roll of film. There were no YouTube tutorials of how to swim out with a housing. No surf photog forums in my day- boy!
But where does being bitter leave you? Crying into your beer in the corner of the local "back in my day!" That is not the go.
A couple of years ago I was over it. Over swimming out and getting good images that no one wanted. It felt like the magazines didn't want my work. No one was buying water shots off the website. And to add salt to the wound, it's always a conscious trade off; shoot or surf.
I went surfing. I needed to go surfing.
But then it kicked in again. That feeling you get when you paddle over the shoulder of a wave. A mate gets a sick ride. You see, maybe just for an instant, the most perfect section pitch. And you think; that would have made a great image.
There was a re-stoking. But also a significant change in why to swim out with the water-housing. There is no thought of getting cover shots anymore; I swim out because it's my happy place. To scare and to challenge one’s self immersed in Mother Ocean's power. There are endorphins flowing strong.
That is more verbose than needed. It is simple; it is fun.
Like surfing, for a few precious moments the world gets washed away and you are in the now. Those moments get stored on the camera's memory card. A good name that, memory card.
These images are from the last few fun sessions. Challenging water at times, stoke factor: 10.
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It has been a good run of waves, solid waves, moments of perfection.
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