Why I Shoot Stills instead of Digital Video.
Last night while capturing these shots I noticed another #Surfer shivering in the wind. His fingers were ghost white and they clawed at the small digital video camera in his hands. As I watched the Surfer/camera man, I noticed he was wearing a wetsuit and had clearly already taken his plunge into the 55° water. The wind was cutting right through his wetsuit. Despite his discomfort and the frigid wind biting into his bones, he celebrated every bottom turn, aerial, whatever! In my mind this guy was a frickin hero, here to support his people still surfing. Go Frank!!!
Which brings me to Video vs. Still Photography. I have taken videos before, yet the SD cards all seem to disappear over time. That is why I like still photography. Photos are easy to post on a wall or decorate your socials with. When it comes to capturing that perfect image, I find myself chasing the line, trying to predict each surfer’s point of perfection. To me, there is more connection between the subject and the ocean. Even if everything goes perfectly though, what my eye catches may not be what the camera sees. I love Photographing action sports and wildlife photos for that very reason. Most people do not realize it, but it takes hundreds of shots to capture that perfect moment. And I would not want it any other way!