Another day has gone by and the weather forecast hasn’t changed. Rain, rain and heavy rain.. with a chance of thunderstorms... In addition to that, strong onshore winds are predicted for the duration of the weekend. Not ideal conditions for the 12 aspiring ocean photographers booked in and ready to go for the second “Intro to Shooting Waves” workshop.
Fast forward a few days and we are letting out a sigh of satisfaction and contentment after an absolutely perfect weekend of fun filled action and learning amongst beautiful 2-3 foot, clean conditions and awesome displays of light at Bawley Point. Thankfully, the weather didn’t follow through with its threats of wild weather, instead, it delivered gorgeous conditions that were perfect for all the participants to enjoy and shoot in and it provided excellent examples of a lot of the ocean safety, forecasting, shooting techniques, wave environments and other examples of what was taught and shared by myself, and the team over the weekend.
We had a young man full of potential right through to an enthusiastic shooter in their 60s. Such a great demographic of people.
“Awesome course with a great bunch of like minded people, learnt heaps!” - Darren
"Epic week end and smiles all around, thanks for an awesome learning experience!" - Francois
“Thanks everyone for arranging such a well run and inspiring weekend.” - Adam
“That was an awesome workshop - learnt so much and had heaps of fun!" - Taylor
“Thank you Darren & Phil for inspiring Benny - SO GRATEFUL you made him feel so welcome amongst you all. Also thankful for Phil, Scott & Jasmine for a most extra special weekend” - Jenny
Great conditions to get out and experiment with the the range of gear that was on offer.
The guru of housings; Phil G.
The workshop was held at Bawley point beach, which turned on during the 2 days with nice 2-3 foot swell lines every 10-15 mins, which made it quite user friendly but still had a few moments of heightened heart rates! It was fun having all those people in the water, as we had every setup from 8mm fisheyes through to 70-200mm telephoto lenses, so everyone got to experience a diverse range of shooting styles and capture something a little different to process back at the house. The Sunday morning even gave us a spectacular display of light, an absolute contrary to what the weatherman was predicting!
The gorgeous light pop on sunrise that had us all transfixed!
Having been shooting in the ocean for over 15 years, to be able to impart into others and share my experiences and knowledge with others to help them on their journey as an aspiring photographer, has been one of the most special and rewarding experiences so far in my career. And in addition to that, I was able to share the beauty of the south coast, the place where I grew up learning and spending so much of my time photographing in the ocean. I do enjoy being around like minded people, but the crew from this weekend were more than that, they were passionate individuals that were enthusiastic about taking their photography to the next level. I’m sure every one of them has a great future in photography and I’m stoked that I was able to be a small part of it.
Phil T delivering the course material!
Was so awesome to have Canon Collective and AquaTech there with a heap of full DSLR kits for the participants to take advantage of, plus Phil and Scott shared such great wisdom on camera gear and shooting in the water with a housing system.
An absolutely HUGE thanks Darren Jew and Jasmine from Foto Frenzy who organised the event! Darren has been a long time inspiration to my own photography and for the past couple of years has become a great friend and mentor to myself, without them this event would not have been possible. A massive thanks to Phil Gallagher from AquaTech for coming down and assisting with the housings and teaching over the weekend as well as Scott Stramyk from Canon Collective. Both showed immense support and were such an amazing assistance with gear and providing a great opportunity for the participants to learn and develop their skills through hands on experience. The workshop could not have gone any better, and the team and I are in planning stages to make the “Intro to Shooting Waves” workshop a bigger and better ongoing event! So stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone that was involved and the participants that came along! You guys are awesome! Don’t forget to do a dunk test! ;)
See you in the water! PT.
A group of champions!
DJ getting amongst the action!
The Running Man.
Phil G gliding into a few.
An image shot with the Canon 70-200mm telephoto that was being used by people for the first time.
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