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Photographer Andy Krzyzanowski
The morning of December, 29th, 2012, a few of my sponger buddies asked me if i wanted to cruise down to Salt Creek, CA. While i was on vacation from the day job, i had nothing else to do. During this trip, i had a wonderful chance to meet a fellow photographer as well, which was nice! We decided to make our way down to the beach. This particular day, i was wearing shorts. it was a freezing winter morning, i normally always wear long pants and a few bundles of tshirts and sweaters. Normally, i am the type of shooter that enjoys shore break, since I’m limited on reach with my camera to 200mm max. I had a feeling i would need a little more reach at Salt Creek, hence the reason i wore shorts. i am certainly glad i did.
As my buddies were freezing their butts off, in their wetsuits, a storm front was moving in. Big, dark, bold clouds in the distance, it was definitely winter weather. As i started snapping a few images from the dry sand, i noticed how little the spongers and surfers were in my frame. i needed to get in closer. shoes and socks were off, the moment of truth was here. how far did i want to go into the rushing water, without freezing myself to death, and without fear of my camera gear getting swallowed by a wave (since i have no water housing)
i made it to about knee-deep, which was almost perfect distance at max reach of the lens. There must have been at least 50 people in the water this morning, so keeping track of my few buddies in the water, was a bit of a nightmare. all wetsuits are generally black, we know how it goes, haha.
There were a couple of surfers, in the mean time, pulling some aerials in the right sections. i hardly ever get to shoot surfing, so i took note of the few guys out there that were pushing it and decided to click away… ‘just in case’.
Which leads me to this shot. Unknown rider, was making his way towards me pretty quick. i noticed the wave was closing out and he was building quite a good amount of speed. i felt another aerial would be coming up, so i got my camera ready and locked focus on the rider.
just as i was picking my snaps, i saw it happening. i grabbed a few images and was very pleased that i nailed the focus for this one. Certainly, i wish i could have been in the water a little further out, closer to the rider, but then i began thinking, this crop gives a nice perspective to everything that was happening, the size of the wave, and the nice air drop.
After freezing my legs off, for over an hour in the winter pacific ocean, i made a decision that id be willing to do this every time, just to get the shot.
the camera specs:
Body: Nikon D3S
Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII
Shot at 200mm