Triple Head High
As promised the other day, here are my photos from last Friday's epic Bronte swell.
The swell was pumping, hitting Bronte Reef forming lengthy right handers... at times bomb sets came though. For the majority of the morning I shot from shore, all different angles.. looking to show exactly how large the waves were.
I did end up out in the water, perching myself right in front of the rocks waiting for those bigger waves to come through. I shot fisheye so if the surfers went barrelling past I would be able to shoot from underneath.. Unfortunately this didn't happen :-(
After getting empty barrel shots one of my fins got caught by the lip and went flying off my foot, hurtling into the rocky no mans land. Zero chance of getting it back with the size of the swell.. this made for one fun s trip back into shore. It started by cruising with the current over to next beach (Tama) thinking it would be easier to go with the flow and catch a wave... Nup! As soon as I got there I got the mother of all cramps in my calf and then the waves were absolutely monstrous; pounding, pounding, pounding onto a shallow sandbank... with having a previous neck injury.. No thanks! Back to Bronte I went.. just keep swimming ~ just keep swimming.
After at least a half hour of one footed kicking with little to no arm movements (holding a 5kg camera does restrict this) I did make it back to shore at Bronte. My days exercise already done... or so I thought... A guy called out to me, "your fin is at Tama, you probably want to hurry up before it gets swept back out". So, now on land I start jogging the concrete path with the camera still weighing me down.. I did make it and thankfully it was still there, just swirling around in the shallows. Needless to say I was very happy and thankful to have gotten it back.
Thanks for the heads up to the champ who saw it and let me know :-)
Today is bleak; grey and wet.. enjoy the photos of a day I'll never forget.
Difference in 1/1600th sec
Where ya gonna go?
Couldn't get out of the way fast enough
Mr Seal making an appearance.. should have seen the bait ball he was chasing.
As wide as a fisheye
Shooting with a fisheye makes everything look far, far away and small.. in fact they're only a few feet away and quite large these waves.
Fins caught trailing behind
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