"New York’s been my home now for over 10 years, and it’s easy to forget how gorgeous New York City is when you are living here. As I was taking these photographs I noticed that New York buildings have an amazing symmetry, from new to old. As you stand on the pavement and just look up - you’ll see there is a whole world above eye level. I’ve turned the top right hand image into a graphic for Tshirts, it’s one of the most popular from the clothing I’ve been creating."
Since the last time I submitted you shots, I have been working on shooting shore-break waves as usually…but I have been shooting them in the dark. Shooting shore-break has its own complexities but adding flash photography makes it a whole new ball game. The first four times I went out in the water with it, I got skunked. I didn’t get one shot worth keeping. Once I got my settings down though (for both the camera and the flash), it made a huge difference.
Here is a sample of some of the shots I have been getting with the flash…
I remember the first time I started to shoot from the water, it was a perfect day in Margaret River with incredible light, offshore winds, glassy conditions, a crowded line-up and surfers hassling for position, I had no one around me, I could hear and feel all the elements, it was like I was the only one in the ocean, it was a type of peace, calm before the storm, the photos were actually terrible, the feelings lasted for weeks its those initial impressions I strive for again and again many years later.
Through photography I have met so many amazing people, everyone has a story to tell, the recently retiree who has worked for the last forty years, and is now travelling solo around Australia, a life long dream, the rescue at Mavericks which has turned into a friendship that families would be proud of, story after story which have transpired from the camera, documented moments and experiences in time that have become far more than a print on the wall and a cover of a magazine.
PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF SCOTT Captures a rare offshore day.
In the early morning hours of 10.5.13. I was tossing and turning listening to the wind pick up. A dream like glance thru the window revealed the windmill turned into the Santa Ana wind. A quick check-off of gear and i was off. Driving south from Seal Beach the must anticipated view of the ethereal yet raw power came into view. After a bit of contemplation I decided to shoot from Huntington beach pier. After a few shots from the beach I ventured out onto the pier. The veiw north and South was awe inspiring. Whether surfing or shooting that same stoked feeling prevails; and the wind prevailed all day..But also as I was leaving I was lucky enough to capture Legendary Skateboarder JAY ADAMS still ripping today!
Togat Nusa Retreat is where I am currently working as a photographer……I ended up here, 87 miles of the coast off Sumatra, Indonesia, in the Mentawai Island chain, by exchanging a few facebook messages with Ainsley, the director of operations here at Togat Nusa Retreat……John and Ainsley Ocean have built an oasis here on this what was once a deserted island……(giligansisland)…..earlier this year I worked on a charter boat called the JIWA that does surfing charters through the Banyaks, Hinako, Telos, and Mentawai Islands here in Indonesia…..my boss knew Ainsley and John, and said they are looking for a photographer out at Togat for August and he had recommended me…..my start date changed 4 times as their previous photographer kept extending her stay(I now understand why as this is photographers paradise), and being a photographer, based in Bali, sure has its advantages, I can be in Sumatra in a day…..so here I am, day 34, on the Island, under my mosquito net, at 5:30 am, listening to the rain fall and writing this…..John Ocean built all the structures here on the island, by hand, with drift wood he pulled out of the ocean, and found on the beach…..it is amazing I call it “DRIFTWOOD-RUSTIC, HILLBILLY-HIPPY SHEIK”……the restaurant/bar/yoga studio/lounge area/livingroom is where we share meals, play music, do yoga, look at the surf and relax……Togat is not just a surf destination for their guests, it has a family vibe, so a lot of couples come as well…..also part of the family, at Togat is a dog named Joe Joe, a cat named Kitty, and a monkey named Beaker……there is a great surfing break out in front, as well as many other surfing breaks, nearby, all accessible by boat……every morning we(the guests, a surf-guide and myself) get on the boat and go for a surf…….sometimes I shoot pictures from the boat in the channel of the guests surfing, with my 100mm-400mm lens and my 1D Mark 2N body……other times I get in the water with the water-housing and swim fins and the 7D and shoot water-shots……sometimes I do both……when shooting water-shots I have many options and combinations of lenses and ports to chose from…..photography has been a passion of mine since I was a young kid as my Dad had the same passion…..I worked in a photo lab when I was 18 for a couple years, and learned about processing, printing, enlarging, C41, E6, B&W, etc…..the only passion I have had longer then photography, is surfing……so being a surfing photographer, Togat Nusa Retreat is the “dream job”……..I have become part of the family and everyday is a new chapter of the book that is written and photographed by me…….
my camera set up
1D Mark-2N body
an SPL water-housing and ports for
an SPL water-housing and ports for
I also have a separate bubble port(for 15mm or 50mm)