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SURF photography is a patient hobby.
Hours spent floating in the ocean
waiting to capture that split second of
movement; constantly repositioning yourself,
hoping the wave will break within range;
sunburn, cramps, physical exhaustion. But
one thing remains certain: that moment has
never been photographed before.
Armed with the latest digital technology
and using the South Coast as their studio, a
new breed of surf photographers has emerged
within the Shoalhaven.
With their work frequently splashed over
the pages of Australia's most influential
surfing and bodyboarding magazines, these
aquatic artists have the industry at their feet.
Vincentia photographer Ian Osterloh
(pictured left) has spent a decade behind the
lens but says it's a skill
"If you want to break
into the scene you have
to think outside the
square. If you go to a
location and there's already five
photographers on the beach you have to
think about how you are going to capture
that scene differently," he explains.
"You have to know what the magazines
want and mould your style to what the
editors actually like. It keeps you on your
He says a burgeoning bodyboarding
industry and the advent of the digital SLR
have sparked a growth in the number of local
"Bodyboarding as a sport has continued to
grow on the South Coast and digital
photography has been a big influence in the
industry. It makes it more accessible to
anyone and easier and cheaper to submit
photos to magazines.
"When I first started shooting I used slide
film and it was a costly process. By the time
you buy a roll of film, take photos, get them
developed and post them off you're looking
at $30 a roll. Whereas these days I can shoot
a thousand photos in a day and send them off
for free," Ian says.
Seventeen-year-old Jon Glanville (right)
from Culburra Beach represents the digital
age of surf photographers.
Aside from being a regular contributor to
the South Coast Register, the bulk of his work
is uploaded to online magazines or to his
personal blog site,
"I first started with a cheap compact digital
camera that we had,
taking photos of mates
when the waves were
small. Then I started
looking at surf
photography on the
internet and that got me
motivated to get my own DSLR. Now I love
to just sit on the rocks or out in the water with
my mates capturing the waves,"
Despite the mild frustration of not having a
licence or a car, he says living in the
Shoalhaven provides endless opportunities
for a budding photographer.
"Living on the South Coast is more than an
ideal location to pursue photography as a
hobby. Between Kiama and Bawley Point
there are so many high-class waves for almost
"What motivates me is other photographers
and surfers always pushing the limits and
trying to capture that golden shot."
It's an ideal location
to pursue photography
as a hobby
Two South Coast photographers are taking images
from their backyard to the nation
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TO THE LATEST
The latest buzzwords in technology continue to be "mobile"
and "wireless" and Harvey Norman plans to provide mobile
wireless technology solutions to its customers, according
to Jay Mamo of our local Harvey Norman Computer
Those of us who enjoy the flexibility of laptops or computer
notebooks, whether we're students, workers or travelers,
are now looking for mobile internet access, such as
provided by USB modems.
Harvey Norman Computer Superstore has partnered with
Blink to not only provide you with one of these highly
portable USB devices, accessing the latest Optus
broadband network, but to also bundle it with a computer
* Purchase a laptop to
receive the stick half
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