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Shapers

I love people that are passionate about their art - whether it's writers, artists, photographers or cake bakers, I don't care what it is - but passion is important in whatever you do.

I recently visited an event in North Cornwall - it's held most years and celebrates the art and passion of surfboard shaping.  Shapers are an interesting bunch - as eclectic and varied as the boards they meticulously coax out of foam and fiberglass.  This years event brought together shapers from throughout the UK to discuss their passion and talk about rockers , concaves and rails with similarly obsessed people.

I originally thought of doing a set of portraits against black but the venue was a little restricted on space to set up a background so that idea quickly went out of the window.  I ended up shooting most of the series of images with natural light against a blank wall outside the pub where the event took place.  The images were ok as a set - nothing outstanding individually but a nice record of the event and the character that make up the surfboard shaping community.  Having done some basic lightroom corrections I then imported the set into my Iphone for processing using a variety of apps to enhance the images - its seems a strange thing to do perhaps, to purposefully degrade the images but the end results are arguably more interesting than the originals.

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Fins...

I spent a day last week shooting surfboard fins for a client's product catalogue.  Surfboard fins - like surfboards - are a thing of beauty, particularly if like me you are a surfer.  Usually I'm more of a documentary photographer or spend my time shooting travel or environmental portraits -   but it's always interesting to branch out and do things that might be a little different or present a new challenge.

And so to the fins... translucent, opaque, colourful, reflective and detailed.  I set up a white background scoop and lit it to produce an even toned white background..  The fins themselves were placed on a large sheet of 4mm clear acrylic sheet elevated away from the background to give separation.  The fins were lit with a large soft box and assorted flags and reflectors were used to fill in the light.  With hindsight there were a few things I might have done differently - tiny areas of reflection that could have been eliminated that will look fine when printed, but I will always know they are there.