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:
Playa Colorodo, Nicaragua. The shape of the headland at the north end of the beach is pretty distinct, and in the summer, the sun sets directly behind it. So I trekked it all the way to the other end of the beach with the hopes that I could get a nice lineup during the sunset. I was stoked that a set hit the right sandbar during that short little window.
I've had the pleasure of working a fair bit with Kalani David this summer. Super cool and humble kid, who lets his surfing do the talking. It's a really rare thing for surfers to blow minds at the skate park as well as the lineup. Here, Kalani boosts a 6 foot stalefish in the deep end of the Vans Combi Bowl, meaning he's almost 20 feet above the bottom. Kalani pulls these in his sleep, and oh yeah...he's 14.
Although I'm a lifelong stand-up surfer, I find myself bodysurfing more and more these days. If it's too small, or too closed out for surfing, I'll grab my handplane and have an absolute heyday. Getting barreled is pretty much the best thing you can do in the ocean, and going bodysurfing means I'm getting tubed on every wave. This was shot using my normal DSLR rig, which is difficult and dangerous, but it captures that view we're all after.
San Clemente lineup, with Dana Point in the background. That yellow wash was not added in Photoshop, it was captured in-camera by shooting through a flower that was very close to the lens. It's kind of a gimmick, but a cool result in this case.
I live down the street from Salt Creek, which as everyone knows was Flame's spot. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet him, as I didn't get into photography until after his passing. But some of the photographers I look up to and who have helped me along the way, are those who worked closely with him. So I feel like I have learned quite a bit from him, second hand. Pictured here, Huntington Beach ripper and all-around good guy, Teddy Navarro knows where to go to get the shot.