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The raw New Jersey shores – with Robert Siliato.

The raw New Jersey shores – with Robert Siliato.

We are proud to present the award winning photographer Robert Siliato as our most recent ‘featured photographer’. Robert resides near historic Asbury Park, New Jersey. The thing that makes Robert’s photos truly stand out in the crowd is not only his sheer talent and keen eye, but also the fact that he loves what he does – as can be seen in his every single one of his photos.

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself, Robert. How was it that you became a photographer?

I am a New Jersey native, husband and father to two little groms who are already addicted to surfing.

 

I’ve always been a fan of photography. When I got an issue of National Geographic, I’d never read the articles. I always looked at the pictures. To be honest with you, most photo oriented magazines I still never read the articles. But my venture into photography started just by chance. When my son was born, I didn’t want to shoot with just a point and shoot. I felt like I was going to miss that critical shot and didn’t want my images to be blurry so I went out and bought a DSLR. The creative outlet immediately took off from there.

 

 

Robert Siliato - Jersey Shore Images
Robert Siliato – Jersey Shore Images

 

 

Do you surf in New Jersey, and if so – what is your favorite spot?

I do surf here in NJ, but there’s no way in hell I’m revealing that location. Haha! It’s too good a spot to be banned from there for life by my friends and fellow locals.

 

Haha! Fair play! Next up is a  tough one, but do you have a definite favorite photo?

That is a tough one.

 

I guess it would have to be a photo I took a few years ago. Its from cleanup session after a Nor”Easter hit our area. It was really cold out and the water was even colder. It was a perfect set with no one on it at that moment. It really captures the cold winter swells that we are blessed with each winter.

 

Robert Siliato - Winter swell in New Jersey
Robert Siliato – Winter swell in New Jersey

 

Dream destination for surf – and photography? (two places if you have to different locations for this, if possible).

For some reason Noosa Heads in Australia has been calling me for years. I’ve watched enough surf videos to drive me crazy and that break really stands out. Perfect lines, warm water. Plus it’s in Australia!! I’m all in!

 

As far as photography, I’d love to shoot Teahupoʻo during one of it’s raging swells. I don’t think it’s possible to get a bad shot there.

 

Robert Siliato - Sunpillar
Robert Siliato – Sunpillar

 

That sounds pretty sweet. We hope you get to go there soon. Where can super stoked readers see more of your work?

Thanks Superstoked! My work can be found at the following locations.

My website: www.JerseyShoreImages.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/RobertSiliatoPhotography
Instagram: @RobertSiliatoPhotography
Twitter: @SurfingPhotog

Shooting the Surf – with Christian McLeod Photography

Shooting the Surf – with Christian McLeod Photography

 

Christian McLeod has been mesmerized by the lens since his early days – and in the last three years he has climbed (fictive…) mountains to evolve from your average Joe to a professional photographer.

His photography has produced some fine pictures, and some of his best work has been captured in his country of origin: Ireland.

 

Ireland. Wrong-sided.
Ireland. Wrong-sided.

We had a chat with Christian:

Hi Christian! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

CM: I’m 21 years old. American/Irish. Adventurer. Engineer. Ocean lover…? Always find it hard to explain myself….

 

Sunset. Photo: Christian McLeod Photography
Sunset. Photo: Christian McLeod Photography

 

How did you first get interested in photography?

CM: I guess it was a long time coming. My mum handed me an old film camera when I was 8 years old, and I took my first photograph – but then I only picked up a camera permanently when I was 18. It hasn’t left my sight since.

 

Another Irish beauty. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.
Another Irish beauty. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.

 

Do you surf?

CM: I surely do. Although it’s getting harder and harder picking the times I surf over the times I shoot. I end up surfing on the Onshore mush days.

 

What is your favorite surf spot?

CM: My favourite spot? pfft, couldn’t say. I would be shot. But there are so many different waves in Ireland and I think I love pretty much all of them, they all have their own moods and looks. Keeps me looking…

 

Stunning view. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.
Stunning view. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.

 

If you could choose any surf spot in the world.. where would you go?

CM: I would love to see Shipsterns (Tasmania, Aus) just to see the scale of that monster beneath that mammoth cliff. Skeleton Bay would be another on the list.

 

Tubed. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.
Tubed. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.

 

Where can Superstoked readers see more of your work?

CM: I’m over on Facebook at Christian McLeod Photography, and pretty new to Instagram, uploading photos couples times a day @christianmcld. Then there’s my site which has my portfolio, feel free to check that out, http://www.cmcleod.com/ …. but other than that, just keep our eyes on the magazines, I have some work here and there.

 

Huge. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.
Huge. Photo by Christian McLeod Photography.

 

Surf on over to Christian’s website and check out his work – it is brilliant.

 

Romuald Pliquet Photography – Meet Romuald!

Romuald Pliquet Photography – Meet Romuald!

Romuald Pliquet is a fun-loving guy from a small village in France called Morgat. These days he is perhaps best known for his amazing photography skills, but also his courage which has allowed him to take on some of the biggest surf spots in the world – including Teahupoo! We exchanged some verbal sentences with the French talent and gazed at some of his best surf photos.

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

RP: I was born in Brittany, in the point of Finistere in a fishermen’s small village of spiny lobsters called Morgat – in France. My childhood was rocked in stonewares of the streams of a sea so dreaded by the maritime world which we called the Iroise Sea. I grew up in the middle of diverse salty actors. My marine way naturally went towards extrem sports, waves
and maritime journeys.

 

Garret McNamara surfing Teahupoo
Garret McNamara surfing Teahupoo

 

 

How did you first get into photography?

RP: The world of the glide and people living near the Ocean are an integral part of my life. To immortalize and to congeal in the time through the photography of intimate moments with the liquid element and the nature appeared to me as an obvious fact and it is this intimate relation with the sea which I try to retranscribe through my photos.  Thomas Campbell’s movie ” Sprout ” in 2003 gave me such an emotional slap, and made me say: ” It is this spirit of the surfing that it is necessary to share “!

 

Surfer Girl
Surfer Girl

 

 

You have a lot of great photos from Tahiti. Is it your favorite surf spot? If not, which one is?

RP: Undoubtedly!! Teahupo’o, La Graviere, Uluwatu, Raglan, Pipeline are a real present of the nature except that at Chopes there is a particular atmosphere to that this which all the others waves do not have! The fact of being placed at ” the end of the road ” give a dimension of passage of the real world to a magic world! Her beauty, her strength and her conjunction with the reef and the lagoon is unique! To surf her or to photograph her makes the heart beat at an incredible speed because we feel as a new arrival when that this is willing to be allowed caress! It looks like it is necessary to confront to her to have the right to cross the valleys which are in front of her, as a key which opens to the paradise!

 

Danny Fuller surfing Teahupoo
Danny Fuller surfing Teahupoo

 

What has been your greatest experience as a photographer so far?

RP: Not so long ago, I found myself face to face with a brown bear in the park of Yosemite in California…  and there also the heart burst out as a late take off at Chopes except that there was also something of dangerous which ran behind you but with no possible exit except the fatigue of the animal and its speed of movement! Whouahhh, I have never run so fast in my entire life!

 

Mighty Teahupoo
Mighty Teahupoo

 

 

Where can Superstoked readers see more of your work?

RP: They can find my work on my website : http://www.romualdpliquet.com but also in facebook page : Romuald Pliquet Photography.  Many Thanks Superstoked, it was a real pleasure ! Aloha !

– Romu

 

Tahitian sunset bliss
Tahitian sunset bliss

 

 

Teahupoo! Recommended movie? Yes!

 

Check out more photos by other photographers as well – see links below or click here.

A Shore Shot Photography – with Matthew Lang

Shots pumping with adrenaline, beautiful scenery and moments frozen at just the right time is what you get with A Shore Shot Photography.

 

Picture perfect.

 

Matthew Lang from New Jersey, US, is the man behind the lens and the man behind A Shore Shot Photography. He has a true passion for surfing and it shows through his perfect timing, as you see him capturing the picture you as a surfer would like to mount above the fireplace, over and over again. We had a friendly chat with Matthew, and we hope to bring you more articles featuring his fine work in the weeks to follow. Stay tuned and stay stoked for this photographer (see links at bottom of article)!

Al Pollioni with a wicked turn surfing Bayhead, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Al Pollioni with a wicked turn surfing Bayhead, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself, Matthew.

ML: I am 33 yrs. old. I was born and raised here in New Jersey. I have been going to the beach and in the water since I was very young. I have always been fascinated by the ocean. I am very passionate about and have been a longtime supporter of all action sports including surfing. Surfing to me is that spiritual place, that takes you away from all your cares and makes you feel very at peace. I have been documenting action sports for seven years now. My goal and dream is to work for magazines and sponsors traveling the world capturing those special moments.

 

Bayhead barreling, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Bayhead barreling, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

How did you first get interested in photography?

ML: I have always liked taking photos, but it wasn’t until my father gave me my first Canon 35mm film camera in college that I really got hooked. I went to school to be an artist, and when I took my first photography class everything changed. I have been shooting ever since, pushing the boundaries of my work every time I pick up my camera.

 

Brian Robinson with a beautiful wave at Bayhead, New Jersey © Matthew Lang
Brian Robinson with a beautiful wave at Bayhead, New Jersey © Matthew Lang

 

What is the greatest thing about taking photos?

ML: The greatest thing about taking photos would have to be the pure adrenaline and stoke I get when I nail the shot! I challenge myself with every session, trying different angles, and lighting conditions. I love capturing a session and looking back upon how good the waves were and how good the guys were riding that day.

 

Brian Robinson getting barreled at Mantoloking, New Jersey. © Matthew Lang
Brian Robinson getting barreled at Mantoloking, New Jersey. © Matthew Lang

 

Do you have any tips for up and coming photographers who seek inspiration from you?

ML: Stay Focused! It is so hard to stay motivated sometimes. You have long flat spells, or you see other peoples work that is really good and you get down on how your shots are coming out.  There are many photographers that have better work than mine, but I use that as an inspiration to make my work better. Stay Positive! Keep shooting and keep submitting your work to the mags and other outlets. Dreams come true if you want it bad enough!

 

Clay Pollioni surfing a massive wave at Bayhead, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Clay Pollioni surfing a massive wave at Bayhead, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

 What kind of camera do you use for surf photography?

ML: I shoot with a Nikon D5100, I have a 18-55mm lens, also a 70-300mm lens. I also have been shooting water for about a year now, and I am doing that with a Canon Powershot Elph 100 HS and the Canon waterhousing made for that point and shoot camera. I am saving right now to upgrade my Nikon body to the D800 and purchase an SPL housing for that body.

 

– Inspired yet? Buy some camera gear, and work hard (very hard) to reach Matthew’s level of expertise:

Nikon D5100.

 

 

Name your two favorite surf breaks.

ML: Home, sweet home, Bayhead, NJ and Teahupoo, Tahiti.

 

Sam Hammer with an impressive aerial at Point Pleasant, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Sam Hammer with an impressive aerial at Point Pleasant, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

Where can Superstoked readers see more of your work?

ML: Right now I am still putting together my website, so you can just go to my facebook page www.facebook.com/AShoreShotPhotography. Thanks to SuperStoked Magazine and all of you for your support. Sincerely, Matthew Lang,

 

More photos:

Surfing Seagirt, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Surfing Seagirt, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

Zack Humphries surfing Bayhead, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Zack Humphries surfing Bayhead, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

Tommy Ihnken with a nice aerial maneuvre at Point Pleasant, New Jersey - © Matthew Lang
Tommy Ihnken with a nice aerial maneuvre at Point Pleasant, New Jersey – © Matthew Lang

 

Brazilian surf photography at its best – with Sidney Polansk

Brazilian surf photography at its best – with Sidney Polansk.

Sidney Polansk is an energetic 29-year old brazilian man whose passion lies in photography and surfing. Born next to the ocean, he saw himself naturally drawn to the waves and the lifestyle that surrounds them. We had a chat with one of the main contributors to Shotspot Brasil, and got to indulge in some of his finest photos.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

SP: My name is Sidney Polansk, I am a professional photographer, specializing in surf photos. I was born in Ilhabela, on the Northern coast of São Paulo. I’m 29 years old, and work regularly with the site Shotspot.com.br, and also as a contributor of various other websites and magazines on an international level, mainly working with aquatic photos / videos.  My favorite wave is Grower, Desert Point, Indonesia.

 

Sidney Polansk photography
Sidney Polansk photography

 

How did you get into surf photography?

SP: Always lived on the beach since I was an infant really. You see,  I was born on an island, and from there things just progressed naturally to where I am today. Started shooting photos of the surf because it was right there, and also because I have a great connection with the sea.

 

What is the greatest thing about taking photos?

SP: The magic of colors.. the way they form a magical feeling for whomever is watching is just unique.

 

What camera housing do you use for the water shots?

SP: I work with boxes of Liquid Eye Image:

Liquid Image 750 Ego Series Mountable Camera Waterproof Case (Clear) (click the link to learn more)

 

Do you have a favorite photo amongst all the photos you have taken?

SP: My favorite photo would have to be the photo I took of Jack Robinson, surfing at Padang beach (see below).

Jack Robinson surfing at Padang
Jack Robinson surfing at Padang

 

Any good stories from when you have been out taking photos?

SP: There are tons of them.. always good times to be had shooting surf photos.

 

Where can Superstoked readers see more of your fine work?

SP: First of all, at the site shotspot.com.br, but also waves.terra.com.br/surf/fotos/competicao/wct/billabong-pro-rio/2013/noticias/wct-nas-internas/58672 & facebook page; SidneyShotspotBrasil

See more of Sidney Polansk at Shotspot Brasil
See more of Sidney Polansk at Shotspot Brasil

Gunnar Schmauss Photography – Florida Surf Photography

Gunnar Schmauss Photography – Florida Surf Photography.

Gunnar Schmauss is a 21-year old photographer born and raised in sunny Florida, a place most people associate with sunshine, surf, urban living, old people and alligator wrestling – all in a lovely blend. In the words of american novelist Karen Russell;

“I  spent most of my 20s with these alligator wrestlers in the swamps of South  Florida.”

 

However, we are not going to be talking about old people or alligator wrestling… we have in fact interviewed Gunnar Schmauss and in the process of doing so, we have had the honour of seeing some of his amazing photography; here is the result.

 

Gunnar Schmauss Photography
Gunnar Schmauss Photography

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

GS: My name is Gunnar Schmauss. I’m a surf photographer born and raised on the East Coast of Florida and I am 21 years old.

How did you first get into photography? What inspired you?

GS: I got my first little point-n-shoot camera when I was 13. I used it to take pictures of my friends skateboarding and surf. I even had a little waterproof bag to put it in so I could shoot photos in the water. I always looking through Surfer Magazine and Bodyboarder Magazine to look at all the exotic locations where the waves were perfect. I want to thank Clark Little, Willem Ungerman, Robbie Crawford, Zak Noyle, Ray Collins and Chris Burkard plus many other extremely talented photographers for inspiring me through the images they all share. Keeps me motivated to hunt for that perfect photo.

 

Wipeout frozen in time
Wipeout frozen in time

 

Do you have any good tips for photographers out there when it comes to water/surf photography?

GS: Always keep your gear clean. Respect the ocean and know your limits when swimming. But most importantly… always have fun!

 

What time of day is the best for shooting photos?

GS: The best time to shoot depends on the area where you live and the coastline. For me, it’s when the sun starts to set in the afternoon and the light reflects off of  the waves providing the best colors.

 

Deep inside
Deep inside

Do you have any recommendations when it comes to camera gear?

GS: When shooting in the water I use a Canon DSLR with an SPL Waterhousing and fisheye lens. I really love Canon cameras but it’s a matter of the user’s preference. The fisheye is the key to getting close shots in the barrel but when I shoot from the beach I use lenses from 100-400mm so to ensure a close and crisp shot.

 

What is your favorite surf spot?

GS: My favorite surf spot would have to be South Beach Miami haha of all places. I’ve been able to score some of the best surf I have ever seen there. It rarely breaks, but when it does, it’s all time!

 

Gunnar Schmauss - Surf Photography
Gunnar Schmauss – Surf Photography

 

Where can superstoked readers see more of your work?

GS: If you would like to see more of my work you can check out my facebook page at Gunnar Schmauss Photography. Or if you use instagram you can follow my daily updates by following me @gunnarschmauss.

Big mahalo to you guys at Superstoked Magazine for the opportunity for the interview
and I’d like to get to say thanks to my supporters: 2B Wax, Blenders Eyewear, Coastal Collab and Beeline Hawaii.
G-Shot Photography by Gunnar Schmauss
G-Shot Photography by Gunnar Schmauss

Thanks Gunnar, we wish you all the best onwards. Hope to see you on the front cover of Surfer or Superstoked one day. 😉

Gunnar- Schmauss Photography
Gunnar- Schmauss Photography