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.
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….
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.
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…
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.
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.
Surf on over to Christian’s website and check out his work – it is brilliant.
Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 – a settings tutorial.
This is a how to instructions guide for shooting long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33. Hence the title, long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 – a settings tutorial. 😉
Timelapse photography allows us to see processes that would normally appear very subtle to the human eye, but when captured, enables us to see that process much more pronounced – such as a beautiful sunset, a blossoming flower, or melting ice. Below is an example, capturing the sunset in Norway. If you would like to try a timelapse, please read on – it is very easy to do once you know how to, and very impressive to your audience! – Nicole Lisa Photography
Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 – Compilation example:
Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 – time lapse example. Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
Edited in Adobe Premiere (click here to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.)
Music: Morcheeba – Public Displays of Affection
– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:
– The only MUST-HAVE in this tutorial, although a tripod is quite essential as well. This will allow you to set preferred intervals, which will automatically take pictures – allowing you to create the perfect timelapse. This one is especially suited for this model. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more about timers.
– Stability is king when it comes to creating timelapses, even the smallest gust of wind will ruin your timelapse. This tripod is very stable, and is very easy to use – making a timelapse look professional. Click on the image or link to see more tripods.
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– No other lens brings about more amazement amongst your fans and audience. The fisheye lens is a fun optic lens that will provide your photography with a fantastic versatility and originality – and timelapses with fisheye lens looks simply stunning. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to acquire one. It is so much fun, and mighty impressive for your audience.
ACCESSORIES – HIGH CAPACITY MEMORY CARD:
Transcend 64 GB High Speed Memory Card: To do long-lasting timelapses you need a high speed, high capacity memory card. This will ensure that your camera does not run out of memory at that crucial time – ruining your whole timelapse. Believe me, it happens… and it is incredibly annoying when it does (although rarely) occur. Personally, I use this memory card, but there are many others that will do the trick. Click on the image or here to learn more about this type of memory card and to see other models.
What do you need to make a timelapse
These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A99”, a how to guide, lets you understand just how they do it – and even teaches you how to have a go at it yourself. Here is a description of the items you will need to create your own timelapse.
1. A DSLR camera
2. A timer device (available from the link above, for your make of camera). My camera is a Nikon D600 (click this link to learn more about the Nikon cameras – opens in a new window), and so I the type of timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use. It is the same brand.
Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this means you always need to have a laptop with you, as opposed to the timer, which you can take anywhere.
3. A tripod (available from the link above). It is very important to keep the camera completely still throughout the timelapse, any movement of the camera will effectively ruin the timelapse, you will see an example of this later)
4. A good location: choose a location where changes in the environment are occuring – this can be places where there are many people, a sunset/sunrise, changing tides, moving clouds etc)
How to set up your camera
Once you have chosen a suitable location, mount your camera on the tripod (or a stable area).
Auto focus on the image you will be taking. Once you have achieved focus, turn off autofocus if you are timelapsing a landscape, or a low light picture. This will save battery on your camera, and prevent shots from not being taken (due to failure of autofocus). However, if you are doing a timelapse of people it is best to leave autofocus on, as your camera will always have something to focus on.
For changing light conditions: use AV mode (or shutter priority), as your camera will automatically adjust to the changing light – such as in sunset timelapses.
Make sure your camera is not set to auto white balance, as this can create flickering.
To save battery – you can also turn of “image review” on your camera. Alternatively, you can use a external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.
Another timelapse example – Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33:
Setting the timer
You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:
Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
Long – This is for the shutter speed, for example if you are doing a time-lapse of the stars, and you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds.
Interval – This is how often you would like to take a picture, for a fast changing environment (sunset), a good starting point is every 15 seconds.
Number of shots – this is as it says – for the number of pictures you would like to take. You can set this, but it is easier to leave the setting at (—-). This will mean the camera will just carry on taking pictures until another limiting factor means no more pictures can be taken; for example expired, empty battery or unavailable space on the memory card.
Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33: Timelapse of the stars, with the pictures put together in a so-called starlapse (also known as astrophotography):
Shutter Speeds: pick a shutter speed which best suits the environment you are timelapsing, for example if you are timelapsing the stars, you will need a long exposure, to capture as much light as possible
Interval Times: For a fast changing enviroment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow enviroment (timelapsing the construction of a building) you can use much greater interval times (perhaps 1 shot every 20 minutes)
Battery Power: Once you start timelapsing, you will find that your battery will last longer if you are shooting with quick shutter speeds, as opposed to those with long exposures. You can purchase an extra battery for your camera, but it may be hard to change the battery whilst not moving the tripod. A much better option for longer timelapses, is using an AC power adapter for your camera (available from amazon). One battery should last about 6 hours on an interval of 15 seconds, in daylight.
Image Settings: Set your camera to shoot in JPG, rather than RAW, as processing of each image will take much longer with RAW shooting (and use up the battery much quicker)
The most important aspect to time-lapse photography is the stability of the camera. Do not allow the camera to move at all. Hope you enjoyed this article, if you have any questions on shooting long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 or anything regarding photography, be sure to let us know. We will help you out. Guaranteed. We can even help you assemble the photos into a timelapse movie.
A inspirational timelapse compilation:
– Article – Long exposure over 30 seconds with Sony A33 – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!
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Meet Terje Skulstad, one of the Norwegian catalysts behind the beautiful suggestion of constructing an artificial river wave in the city river of Oslo: Akerselva.
Urban surfers based in Oslo (like Seamus Fox, surfshop.no, Sebastian Kjellström, Lapoint.no and Christian Nerdrum, friflyt.no) would have a whale of a time if this were to be transformed from blueprint to wet dream reality.
The idea in itself is far from ludicrous – as discussed in our previous article on the topic, it would in fact provide Oslo with another gem that tourists would flock to. A real life example of which can be seen in Munich, Germany, with the Eisbach river wave. This wave has attracted an extensive amount of media attention and generated ten thousands of euros to local tourism.
“- Wouldn’t it be really, really, really expensive to build such a wave in Akerselva?”
No, not really. You see, it is all about exploiting the naturally occurring river currents and adjusting the river beds. The complete oceanographic explanation would have to fall upon the experts, such as NTNU’s Lars Erik Klemetsen who has specialized in flow dynamics – but it could not put too much pressure on Oslo’s budget seeing this project through.
We met with Terje Skulstad and had a chat with him about the river wave project:
Hi Terje, the Akerselva River Wave project is a fantastic suggestion. How did the idea first come about?
TS: I guess the idea was the result of several experiences with a sudden eureka as i walked along the riverbed a stormy evening during the spring flood of 2002. Since than the idea has gradually taken shape. I´ve talked to engineers, surfers, architect, politicians and so forth. Slowly the idea´s been honed into a winning recipe. Hopefully!
We know you’ve participated in some meetings with local politicians regarding the river wave. Are you able to tell us anything about how the meetings went? Are there some Norwegian political parties that are more open to the idea than others?
TS: Politicians are a strange lot. They always seem to be positive to initiatives for the common good. I guess their job is to smile and nod. But somewhere along the way between the meeting and the time of decision making they change their mind. Last, with the city council, the argument for their decline was safety and obstruction around breeding areas for trout and salmon. Soooo…i have taken a few steps. Firstly I´ve been in dialog with OFA (oslomarkas fiskeadministrasjon) to hear their reasons against a surf-wave. I still need to arrange a meeting, but i think we can come up with a solution. Secondly i plan to arrange a pilot. If we can show the politicians it´s safe, the magnitude of interested surfers and the areas of use for the wave they gotta concur! AND in regards to safety regulations: as long as you don´t make the area MORE dangerous than it already is it should not be a problem.
Are there any meetings in the near future, where we might get an idea if this project could see the light of day – or not?
TS: I haven´t got any meetings with decision makers on the agenda just, but i have a meeting with the project group from NTNU who just finished their project. They have created a model we can work with in our job towards a perfect river wave.
Do you have any new pictures, graphs or similar that we can share with our readers?
TS: The NTNU crew have made a small model of their river wave. Looks more like a real life ocean wave than the manmade river waves we have seen previously. Check it out here:
Is there anything Superstoked readers and surf interested Norwegians can do to help the Akerselve river wave project along? Have you considered starting a petition? (The pressure applied in the Saltstein/Mølen debate seemed to do the trick)
TS: Help is always welcome. The next thing on the agenda is to write an application to “Innovasjon Norge”. Generating funding is always a big issue when starting up. If anyone has good contacts or write killer applications they are welcome to speak up. On the other hand, applications takes a lot of time and effort. If someone have a good idea for a way to generate funds please let me know.
As I’m trying to get a pilot started I would welcome inputs on fitting locations. Criterias: accessible with a crane, enough water, a rapid stream, positive politicians/tourist admin/etc. Akerselva might not have enough water at all times…
Anything else you would like to mention – that we’ve forgotten to ask about perhaps?
Please share this article to help increase the awareness and support regarding this project. Join the facebook group, engage on the fourm and share by using this smart URL: http://smarturl.it/akerselva_riverwave or via the original adress.
Words: Author Alexander Van Dorph & Terje Skulstad / Photos: NTNU, L.E. Klemetsen. Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of the day: “SUPERCLEAN TEA” by Romuald Pliquet.
The photo of the day is brought to you by photographer Romuald Pliquet. A beautiful piece of work shot on Thanksgiving at Teahupoo. Be sure to check out the interview / photo feature we did with him earlier this year right here.