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Matt Banting Throwin’ It Down

This digital photograph of Matt Banting (from Port Macquarie – Australia) was captured during the final heat of the Burton Toyota Pro at Surfest 2014. The event was was held in Newcastle, Australia from Monday the 17th February to Sunday the 23rd of February. He surfed really well, putting in a solid performance and as a result he Won the ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series Burton Toyota Pro title and the Mark Richards Trophy while surfing “off the shelf” at Merewether Beach.

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An original digital photograph captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/8
Exposure time: 1/1250 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 250 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]
WB: Cloudy
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surfing, surfer, matt banting, re entry slash, surfest 2014, wave, newcastle, australia, new south wales, beach, water, sea, water sport, action shot, throwin it down

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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Comments

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesen6 months ago

    Truly awesome action shot! Just love it!!

  • Thanks for your nice comment about this shot Karen! Gee, you were quick off the mark to comment! :-)) A while later I also captured him riding into the beach with his arms raised to the sky in a Victory Salute after he knew that he’d won the competition (and quite a few thousands of Dollars, too).

    – reflector

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Brunton6 months ago

    Great action shot. Love the water splashes.

  • Thank you Chris! The water splashes are cool. As you turn your board hard and quickly change direction on the wave all of that water that was channeling down the middle of the bottom of the board passes around the fins and gets “displaced”, shooting out as spray. Much of the refinements in surfboard design since the 1960’s have revolved in playing around with how quickly the water exits the fin setup & what effect that has on the looseness or stability of a certain board design.

    – reflector

  • Janone
    Janone6 months ago

    Ready for the next Olympus…lol. Great action shot.

  • Thank your for your great comment! I did wish that the sun was out – I turned up the ISO & made other adjustments but I always prefer brilliant sunshine which I can control easily with the camera settings without encountering “noise” problems.

    – reflector

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArt6 months ago

    Congratulations to this truly amazing action shot, Reflector! Absolute balance, the capture, the surfer and in harmony with the element of the sea. Exceptional! *
    Christiane

  • Thanks for your glowing review, Christiane! :-) The one sacrifice you have to make with surfing shots is you usually can’t have the horizon obeying the rule of thirds while still being able to get the surfer in focus properly & capturing the real action.

    – reflector

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB6 months ago

    March 3, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks for the much appreciated feature!

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evita6 months ago

    Outstanding shot!!!! ☺♥

  • Thank you my friend! :))x I was hoping to get the best of these surfing shots published in an Australian Surfing Magazine, but they have informed me that they don’t publish that content anymore because surfing competition results, videos & surfing photos have all mainly gone Online now. But I can submit other “Free Surfing” shots to that mag & others, anytime – so I’ll keep trying.

    – reflector

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland6 months ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thanks again Doug!

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna196 months ago

    You just don’t get much better than this James. Love the orb of water surrounding his action.

  • Thanks for your great review, Donna! :-) Yes, that’s the spray that gets suddenly released from around the fins & the tail of the board as you quickly change direction on the wave and that leads to the spray going out like a fan of water.

    – reflector

  • maggie326
    maggie3266 months ago

    Fantastic action shot

  • I’m glad you liked it, thanks Maggie!

    – reflector

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArt6 months ago

    This is just the point, James!!! That’s why it is so special and amazing! Wow factor!!!

  • It’s a lot more fun & exciting to do it, than to watch it from the shore! But catching the action with a camera is still really enjoyable when it all works – and you can keep a photo forever. Thanks Christiane! :)

    Even though I love action shots & you don’t seem to mind looking at them, maybe this part of my Gallery might be more interesting for you in an Artistic sense -

    Photo-Manipulation

    – reflector

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