Martin Newland, QPSA  

Kahuna by Martin Newland, QPSA

November 2021 - Kahuna

November 2021 - Martin Newland, QPSA


November 2021 - Martin Newland, QPSA

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This is an image that I took back in the summer of 2016 while attending the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria, Australia.
Our Modus Operandi was to arrive at the festival the day before it began to secure a good position in the campground.
With most of the day free, I went looking for a photo opportunity and came across a group of surfers. Most of them waited out at sea for the perfect wave which never came. But this lad, in his colourful wetsuit, was practicing his 360 degree turns, not too far from me, on any scruffy wave that came past the small rocky groyne on which I was sitting.
In the hour or so that I was there, I took nearly 600 photos.
I have included one of my other favorites from that shoot.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 1/250, f/10, ISO 100
Canon EF 70 - 300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens @ 300mm

13 comments posted

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Great color, action and story. What a fun day you had!
My only concern with this image is the lack of focus of the top-most wave, It detracts from the surfer, the main item in the story.   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:43:26

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great images - original 2 is even better. 1/250th seems the ideal choice of shutter-speed to blur the water and catch the surfer's balanced pose. I agree the top wave is a problem - possibly solvable by tighter cropping.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:43:24

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you both for suggesting the removal of the white background wave. I had never noticed it until you mentioned it. I agree it is a problem.
I have done a combination of cropping and cloning to remove it. Straight cropping brought the top of the image too close to the surfer and hence I cloned in some of the near background water to replace it.
I think this is a good result. Thank you.   Posted: 11/03/2021 16:47:20
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Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
These are amazing shots, and I saw nothing distracting. Colors and saturation I feel are beautiful. The waves even have a painterly appearance. Love it.   Posted: 11/03/2021 17:18:20
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Shirley   Posted: 11/04/2021 03:26:11

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
(Groups 46 & 48)
Martin, being a surfer many decades back I just love this image. You can feel the adrenaline, speed, excitement, power of the ocean and possible the chilly water! It is better without the following wave though. Well done!   Posted: 11/03/2021 20:45:41
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Tom. Although this image was taken at the end of our Summer, there is nothing between this lad and Antarctica except a few thousand kilometres of the Southern Ocean. It would have been cold in the water!   Posted: 11/04/2021 03:25:39

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Great shot, Martin! I can almost feel this young man's adrenaline. I like your revision to the image. I also like the Original 2 that is a closer view in the middle of the wave. I'll bet from the amount of photo you made, the photo opportunity felt very satisfying!   Posted: 11/04/2021 14:29:07
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Karen. This shoot with the surfers was an unexpected bonus.
I went to the Festival with the intention of photographing some of the international Folk music artists who were passing through. So this was an extra.
For memory this was the year I managed to get photos of Judy Collins and Mary Black while at Port Fairy.   Posted: 11/04/2021 17:11:58

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I keep focusing on the sunscreen on his nose! Only in Australia....
Colors, action, sharp focus on the athlete! Great shot. I would not change a thing!   Posted: 11/05/2021 08:39:43
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you,
Sunscreen is essential here. The sun is very damaging to the skin especially the nose. However this fellow's sunscreen looks almost like a "tribal" marking!   Posted: 11/05/2021 19:42:20

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
(Group 40)
Hi Martin, I love this shot. It looks like the surfer is actually looking straight down the barrel of the camera. I also like the movement in the water.   Posted: 11/09/2021 21:12:55
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Julie. He was a very obliging model.   Posted: 11/10/2021 15:25:40


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