Crystalline Dream - Original


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“Crystalline Dream – Original”

This is the original digital photograph that I later edited in Adobe Photoshop 7 to give the image a retro or psychedelic look. Here is the edited photo -
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This surfer was crouching down to fit himself into a small hollow wave or “tube” during one of his rides at a local reef break in Newcastle called the Cowrie Hole. As he glides across the wave, he’s smiling and enjoying the thrill and the challenge of “getting tubed”.

An Australian Post-Punk band (that formed in 1980) called “The Sunnyboys” became very popular on the pub and club scene, gathering a strong fan base in the Australian Surfing Community in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. One of their love songs called “Tunnel of My Love” had lyrics that always used to make me think of “tube riding” and was a great song to psyche up to before having a surf.

“Tunnel Of My Love”:

The Cowrie Hole, Newcastle, Australia – Spring 2013.

An original digital photograph captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/500 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-800
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 250 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]
WB: Cloudy

The afternoon light was quickly abating, so I decided to shoot in Aperture Mode instead of Shutter Priority and pump up the ISO speed far above what I usually prefer.

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