Nick is a hit artist out of Australia and worked with me in creating his newest image to brand his latest album release with the worldly known Loggerhead Sea Turtle that was featured in National Geographic earlier this year! Share his music and get a free music download! Here
Apparently I like hues!
Here I am speaking in front of the crowd at my third annual Photos 2012 slideshow at Island Water Sports. Photo credit to Leon Legot!
Espn recently did an interview / portfolio review on my last year of shooting surfing around the world. Here are some screen shots from the article.
Tanner Strohmenger punting in South Beach, Miami.
Todays tourist attraction on the strip at Fort Lauderdale beach
Skeeter Zimmerman’s patented layback snap in Miami.
With Tropical Storm Issac nearly on top of us, it was a struggle to get shots but we pushed on, traveled and made a few happen. Here are a couple that got published.
My good friends Justin and Natasha asked me to shoot their second maternity shoot. Last time little Lela was inside and now she is outside listening in!
Surfline running one of Jake’s shots.
The impressive Half Dome that we summited two days later.
Recently I took a trip to Southern California to shoot a few things. Upon arriving I linked up with Florida transplant Jake Kirshenbaum to chase some waves Tropical Storm Miriam sent our way. The second half of the trip was a summit up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, shooting fine art photos throughout and documenting the entire journey on www.slavetothewave.com, where you can follow all my photo expeditions around the world.
Traveling to Nicaragua my second time this year keeps me on my toes to create new and interesting angles for the riders and their sponsors. Here are a few….
You also read about the entire trip in my blog series on www.SlavetotheWave.com http://slavetothewave.com/category/photographers/ben-hicks/
A couple images from this weird winter were ran on Surfline.com including from what I recall as the first empty inside out barrel shot of Delray Public Beach and Tanner Strohmenger inside the hook! Check out the live article here East Coast winter-in-review
A short video on some of the shots I took at 10 frames a second throughout 2011 from around the world. Enjoy! www.bocaratonphoto.com www.benjhicks.com
Shot in various locations in South Florida you just might recognize. For purchasing information and a selection of my fine art prints got to www.benjhicks.com
Super excited to be getting support from Go Pro this year! Here is a a short clip from the Juno Beach Surfers for Autism! Enjoy!
Hurricane Earl was a day late for many in South FL. We all were driving up and down the coast the day before wasting time, money and confidence in all the reports. Well the next day luckily Cheyne Cottrell and I got up really early and drove straight to Palm Beach, without checking it anywhere. Rolled up on an indicator spot and Saw this….
From that point on we both knew it would probably be one of it not the best hurricane swells this season to hit South Florida. It was a solid 6ft with over head sets. Because of the current and lack of consistent barrels we figured the best thing to do was to shoot from land. There was also only Cheyne to shoot. With only one (pro) surfer in the water its tuff to “lineup” as we would call it. While Chyene paddled out I set off on a hike to find a good spot to shoot. I was carrying with me:
Canon 1D Mark 3
Canon 5d Mark 2
Canon 500 L IS lens
70-200 2.8L IS
Tokina 10-17 fisheye
Canon 1.4 and 2.0 converters all in my Lowepro pack.
It was a hot day with hardly any wind so the first thing I did was find a semi shaddy spot with some ability to compose other buildings, trees and or people/objects in the foreground. Hiking down the beach trying to find a shady spot and a place to get a little higher was not easy. Eventually I met a security guard willing to let me post up on the wall of a mansion. From there I was able to get all the angles I would like, fill up my water bottle with water from there hose and answer phone call after phone call while I snapped away. Eventually the swell started to die and after a few hours we decided to leave. The photo ran in ESM of Andrew Fletcher was shot just as I was about to leave stepping off the wall still with the camera in hand. Shot with my 500mm lens with 1.4x converter on my Mark 3. While we hiked back to our parking spot we had already planned our next spot to shoot thanks to all the luxuries of modern technology. The day continued with me swimming two more times throughout palm beach county and scoring a barrel session to ourselves at one of the best spots in S. Fl. A good day!
As word traveles fast each time there is any possibility of a decent swell down here I always need to take it lightly. This was another one of those days that just didnt live up to the hype. Matt and I tried to decide where to go. He ended up just paddling out at Delray public along with 400 other people to surf bumped up swell. It was much larger on the outside but not really hitable on the lip. He and a few others got a few one turn wonders and I was there to bake in the sun. There wasnt much there and soon after got a call that it was “good” down in Boca at an undisclosed spot. So I headed down, called Kyle Alvare and we snapped a couple from the beach there. Not too bad. I got in the water for about twenty minutes until sundown and got a couple for myself. Heres a few from that day…