I like Sharks, but not when I’m in the water with them. I like how they circle things before they eat them, I like the cold unfeeling eyes and the streamlined body. I especially like how they can travel wherever they like whenever they like. If you could resin-ate them they’d make a great sculpture.
Sharks have become a problem near where I live. The have killed and maimed a few people and seem to want to hang around. Because they can. It’s been months already. Most surfers I know are either getting fat or playing golf or drinking a lot. I have seen a few of them sort of a bit too close. One, out at the point of Flat Rock Beach, a fin about the size of a wheelie bin. I’m extremely grateful it was taking no notice of me as it slid past. I silently paddled in soon after, hardly even left a wake. I did feel the pump of adrenalin for a while. Went back out a couple of days later and there was another one, maybe the same one, its hard to tell, they all have that killjoy mean bastard look. So I started driving down the coast to Evans Head to get away from them. Another attack. That was it. I’ll wait til they are all gone.
Sharks have meant that I have been shooting waves, empty barrels, whole beaches of lonely peaks, gorgeous offshore conditions and utterly exempt from surfer attendance. I have had more time than usual to shoot surf.
Here’s a few slow exposures. The smooth look is from the slow exposure with a slow panning that follows the wave, its only a 1/4 of a second so its not that slow but its a long time when things are moving. With a bit of practice its possible to keep some things sharp. These and others are in the Ocean page
North Wall Ballina
Down the Beach at Lighthouse