Bummy Koepenick in Santa Barbara. As far as scenic amphitheatres go, this one takes the cake.

Bummy Koepenick in Santa Barbara. As far as scenic amphitheatres go, this one takes the cake.

I shot this a few weeks ago in Newport with Dillon. Dillon dinged the nose of his board surfing in his button-down shirt and thought he'd have a beer and mull it over in the middle of the beach. One of those images that just happens organically.

I shot this a few weeks ago in Newport with Dillon. Dillon dinged the nose of his board surfing in his button-down shirt and thought he'd have a beer and mull it over in the middle of the beach. One of those images that just happens organically.

This is Kanoa. I don't know Kanoa, but I know Kanoa surfs well. I also know Kanoa knows how to pick some pretty choice backdrops for his lofty backside air-reverses. Kanoa knows.

This is Kanoa. I don't know Kanoa, but I know Kanoa surfs well. I also know Kanoa knows how to pick some pretty choice backdrops for his lofty backside air-reverses. Kanoa knows.

This is my friend Collin after a sub-zero snowstorm surf in New Jersey in January. Although cold, he really is just as "special" as he looks.

This is my friend Collin after a sub-zero snowstorm surf in New Jersey in January. Although cold, he really is just as "special" as he looks.

What is the difference between a New York bus station and a crab with breast implants? One's a crusty bus station and the other's a busty crustacean. Last light at the crab terminal.

What is the difference between a New York bus station and a crab with breast implants? One's a crusty bus station and the other's a busty crustacean. Last light at the crab terminal.

2012 Follow the Light Finalist: Mike Smolowe

Follow The Light 2012 is only two weeks away from awarding $5,000 to the most promising photographer within a final batch of dreamers. Amongst this creative lot are Sarah Lee, Ryan Craig, Mike Smolowe, Shawn Parkin and Matt Kurvin. These finalists embody fresh perspective, angular adventure and individual spirit in well composed photography. To make things more personal, we requested 5 photos that did not make their submitted portfolio, alongside insightful captions. Below, the answers: