Copious Island Time / by craig levers

I love what I do, which is taking photos, still mainly surf related.  Then applying them to uses, whether it is making books, selling the images via the Galleries, working for a contest organiser or the more obvious; direct contracting to a brand. Over the last few years Copious has become one of my best clients, we do a shoot a season. The founding owner of Copious, Cale, is a good mate. We've known each other for 20 years. Sometimes it is hard to figure out which part of the shoot is work and what is play. We make sure the shoots are fun, and because Copious is based in board culture what we are shooting is what we love anyway. 

We have been trying to work a season shoot around the concept of an Island mission, an old school Island day. The walk along the beach, hanging in the dunes between surfs, surfs, the trudge home. Spring didn't work out- alternate shoot, Summer, well we all know how bad summer was for waves... but Autumn...now we are getting east groundswells.. So with a nice wee swell running Saturday was the day. Team riders, Lee Ririnui, Shaun Boucher and Harper Mcbride organised, Phil Josephs very kindly providing the boat. 5am alarm set. 

Here's a visual account of the day, minus the clothing shoots, you'll have to go over to Copious.co.nz to see those. 

 From L to R - Shaun, Cale, Lee and Harper pre dawn

From L to R - Shaun, Cale, Lee and Harper pre dawn

 Using a speedlite flash and rear shutter sync to create a feeling of movement with Harper

Using a speedlite flash and rear shutter sync to create a feeling of movement with Harper

 Same technique with Harper, Lee and Cale

Same technique with Harper, Lee and Cale

 Hard to beat that dawn flare, check the boats already anchored up

Hard to beat that dawn flare, check the boats already anchored up

 Fun in the sun!

Fun in the sun!

 Rueben Woods framed up in pine

Rueben Woods framed up in pine

 Harper showing the old boys some spray

Harper showing the old boys some spray

 Probably the set wave of the day

Probably the set wave of the day

 Lee

Lee

 Harper

Harper

 Cale showing the lads some rail work

Cale showing the lads some rail work

 Lee has spent the last three years at The Raglan Surf Academy; backhand sorted

Lee has spent the last three years at The Raglan Surf Academy; backhand sorted

 And forehand looking very much like Uncle Bennett's

And forehand looking very much like Uncle Bennett's

 For an old bugger with a rooted back Cale probably shouldn't be putting his board there

For an old bugger with a rooted back Cale probably shouldn't be putting his board there

 Not a sequence, just consistently good aye Cale

Not a sequence, just consistently good aye Cale

 Terrible way to spend a Saturday working huh? 

Terrible way to spend a Saturday working huh? 

 And still the sets pour in

And still the sets pour in

 The long trudge home- a Kiwi surfing tradition

The long trudge home- a Kiwi surfing tradition

  Check out more about Copious    HERE

Check out more about Copious HERE

On The Telly

Just being a complete nerd... and squealling like a little girl- here's 800 Words take 2... The loosely Piha based TV hit airs both here and in Aussie. Last night's episode [season 2, ep 11] featured this scene, and yep that would be the CP print again. The conversation kind of went like this 'Hey we're shooting on location and we love your print on the wall, are you ok with it being in shot?" - 'Farrrk yes I AM! Go for it that would be cool as! '

Just click on the image if you want to see more detail...and of course- purchasing options

This image from another Island session was added to the waves Gallery last year... big things are happening with it, but I can't tell you until June. And yes that happens to be Cale in the foreground. Simply click on the image to view it larger and of course purchasing options