A Big, Carving Line

Based on the torrential rain and thunderstorms last night and early this morning it had seemed like it might rain all weekend. Not great weather for surfing, enjoying some sunshine and relaxing at the beach on a long weekend! But when I arrived at the Cowrie Hole late in the afternoon for a photo shoot, the sun was out and the waves had really grown in size compared to what the surf was like on Wednesday – when the waves were only about 2 foot high. There were lots of surfers out at Flat Rock and they were enjoying some smooth, powerful waves before sunset. This knee boarder was drawing big, powerful lines on lots of his waves and this is a great cut back that covers a lot of territory.

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An original digital photograph captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/2500 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 250 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]
WB: Sunny
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cowrie hole, surfing, surfer, knee boarding, cut back, slash, wave, newcastle, australia, new south wales, beach, water, sea, water sport, action shot, carving line

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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  • gail woodbury
    gail woodbury3 months ago

    Cool shot James – Love it xx

  • Thank you Gail! :-)xx It’s a really great location to shoot (and to surf) – you can get so close to the waves (standing behind a pool) so a 250 mm lens still catches the surfer with nice “in-frame” scale.

    – reflector

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharp3 months ago

  • Thank you for making this a featured image so soon! :)

    – reflector

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor13 months ago

    brilliant light and action

  • Thank you Maggie! :-)) It was quite late in the afternoon, so the light was softer than what I often shoot in. Knee Boarding is a very rare pursuit nowadays (body boarding replaced it for most people) and only a handful of these riders live in my city now – they’ve been doing it for decades!

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evita3 months ago

    Excellent action shot James! ☺♥

  • Thanks Evita! :))♥ It was a brief photo session, but I was happy with lots of the shots and will upload more in the next few days and weeks.

    – reflector

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castro3 months ago

    great action!

  • Thanks Heloisa! It was a great photo shoot with lots of action.

    – reflector

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland3 months ago

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

  • Thanks a lot Mate!

    – reflector

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB3 months ago

    April 27, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks for the compliment and the feature!

    – reflector

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB3 months ago

    May 7, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks again, Teresa and friends!

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna193 months ago

    You’ve really been busy. All these are wonderful of course and so expressive

  • It must seem like I’ve been busy, but anything that I ever upload to RB nowadays is only a tiny fraction of all of the shots that I’ve taken but not chosen to upload as yet. But yet I haven’t been taking many photos compared to previous times where I’d take photo’s nearly every day for weeks and weeks at a time. I was really happy with this shot- it’s a powerful turn, demonstrated by all that water shooting out from his boards fins. :)

    – reflector

  • autumnwind
    autumnwind2 months ago

    Crazy excellent capture!!!! Love it!! : ))) xoxoxxoxoxooxxooxxooxxo♥

  • Thanks for your encouraging feedback my friend! :))♥xox They were really powerful waves that afternoon.

    – reflector

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