Photographer Robert Bemus
2484 and 2548: Both shots of the Huntington Beach wonder kid, 12/28/12. I know his name but won’t use it because I’ve never met him…just a neurosis of mine. When I shoot surfers I try to use an ISO that will give me shutter speeds around 1/1000th and aperture at f8…usually ISO400 but in shot 2484 I was using ISO640. When the light starts to fade, I switch to ISO100 and shoot at about 1/60th like here in shot 2548— the ‘speed blur’ as some call it. Speed blurs look a lot better if you’re shooting, say, Pipeline…but I live behind the Orange Curtain and have to deal with usually crappy conditions and hideous light. Probably won’t make the cover of the Surfer’s Journal but I like my speed blurs…amd lots of clone stamping to blot out the dust spots from the ol’ image sensor.
3571: Early morning 1/5/13, south side HB pier…air and water cold enough to grow Polar Bears. Swell had dropped some from the day before, but still some head-high to slightly overhead waves south of the pier. This is about a 3-4’ island scale wave. Barely light so I used the highest ISO my Canon 5D has, ISO3200…super grainy shot but sort of cool. I rarely take morning shots because I’m a night owl. I drank so much coffee the night before I could not sleep.
3717: Right before the sun came up, same day, ISO100, 1/25th.
3744: Same day (as are the rest), ISO100, 1/50th…I was shooting in aperture priority f8…wish the waves had been at least twice as big. And I wish I looked like Ryan Gosling but this is winter down Newport way. Actually surfed the day before at 17th street (HB) and there were a couple of DOHsets but mostly close-outs. I caught 3 waves in 3 hours and surfed like the old kook that I am. Lost about 25 lbs just paddling against the current. And what’s up with this 53 degree water? Weeks now…Newport Lifeguards recorded 49 degree water the other day…
3784: Just after the sun came up. Had to do some work on the over-exposed areas under the lip.
3979: Didn’t recognize this guy but he was really good.
4189: I think I’ve photographed this guy before but don’t know who he is…really good surfer as well. I usually just shoot until my CF card fills up and then vamoose, not much of a social butterfly which is probably not good for selling images.
I apologize in advance at how garish some of my images are…I do all my editing on a little Dell 1420 so sometimes when I look at my shots on a higher resolution screen I just want to vomit. I’m in the process of migrating all my stuff over to better desktop— hopefully my shots will improve.
Robert Bemus 1/17/13