4 December 2021 - North Sea Surfing
Behind the shoot
I love a dawny. Hit the coast before the crowds and be back home to spend time with the family in the afternoon - perfect 👌. The light being better for photography is a welcome bonus too.
Often, my preference for a first light mission can mean I miss out on the optimal conditions though - especially on a coast with such big tides and fickle swells.
Most days are like this one though; some pros, some cons… So what worked out on this day?
☑️ Good wind
☑️ Good tide
☑️ Enough swell.
What didn’t I get?
Well, the surf was dying… Fair to say: on it’s last legs. But one thing living on a surf starved coast teaches you is: to appreciate whatever you get. And I did. I think what the waves lacked in height in this session, they more than made up for in shape!
There was also a super good atmosphere in the line up, which never fails to nudge up the enjoyment score by a few points.
Two things of note regarding my photos - the same two things of note from the last session:
My Salty Surf housing got stuck on full zoom (200mm) again - hence the lack of variety in the shots. I’m conflicted about whether this was good or bad; I hate the lack of variety, but I do love telephoto!
My bro, Matt, is still out of (surfing) action, due to a gammy knee, so land shots are courtesy of him, whilst he heals up.
Oh, there is kind of a third thing… there will be video to follow from this session! It’s been a while since I edited a surf video - and my first time like this, so to say I’m looking forward to working on it is an understatement. Watch this space, follow me on Telegram, or subscribe to The Surfing Connoisseur on YouTube, so see the video when it’s ready.
Full photo album is here. Highlights below.