I was fortunate to be assigned to shoot the cover Feb/Mar 2013 issue of the Atlantic Current Magazine, which will be my third cover in a row with them.
Below are a handful of other images and assignments that were ran in the latest issue including FAU baseball, paddleboarding and an article on local surfer Codi Monroy!
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.
I often shoot the duo world champion Flegel brothers flying through the air behind a boat but this time, I shot the entire family for the xmas card portrait. Here are some outtakes! 2 boats, 2 drivers, an assistant, 2 lights and four pretty awesome family members shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida
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.
As I continue to work with providing marketing images for the Salt Life brand they are starting to use the photos throughout the stores, media and merchandise. Here are a couple of Cappy on an ad and their home page of their website.
As I continue to work with the Super brothers of Keenan and Noah Flegel while they dominate their sports, they never cease to amaze me. Here are some of Keenan the weekend before winning the 2012 World Title.
Recently I spent the day shooting the U.S. Waterski Championships for SportsPix. All the images go to potential clients, but here is an example.
Andy Mapple 6 time World Champion.
I was asked to cover 8 guys on a surfing trip of their lives aboard the Indies Trader 3 throughout the Mentawai Islands over the course of 12 days. Adventure is not even the word. Chasing waves with the best boats and technology available….. in the best place in the world is an experience I wanted to share. So I did, everyday on my blog partnership with www.Slavetothewave.com! I had a series of blogs where I wrote and posted photos of everyday and the people, waves and experiences we encountered. You can see them all here www.slavetothewave.com/ben-hicks/
Here are some of my favorite images from the trip.
Surfing Florida History Exhibition opens in Boca Raton at the FAU University Galleries. Check out Eastern Surfing Magazine’s pre coverage of the event with a photo gallery by yours truly!
Recently Eastern Surfing Magazine enlisted me to get some shots for the upcoming gallery opening of Surfing Florida Exhibition at Florida Atlantic University. Using a handful of shots for the pre coverage of the event online, there will also be pre coverage in their print issue this month. Check out the live article HERE.
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
This past summer, I had just heard that Noah Flegal had just landed his first ever 900 and then did it in competition, making him the youngest ever to do so on a wakeboard at 13. With that feat, I knew this kid needed some exposure as no one down here was covering him. I scheduled a shoot with his awesome mom and we shot away. The best part was going to pick him and his posse up at their house early….7 am. Yeah, they werent real awake yet. ” Ben, here’s $20, can you stop by McDonalds and pick them up some breakfast, his mom said.” And so the day began! My main goal was to somehow cover the 900 along with his impressive aerial arsenal. Shooting from the tube first with a Canon 1d mark 3, Tokina 10-17 fisheye at 12mm about 5 feet infront of him got a few shots in the bag to start the day. We then shot the rest from the boat when I was too beat to get pounded on the tube anymore. Thats when I told the driver…. 14 year old Merrette Fay, who is Noah’s awesome filmer… to keeping doing double ups at the far end, where the sun would be hitting Noah in a front lit array. I positioned myself to the center of the boat with my Canon Mark 3 with a Canon 70-200 L 2.8 IS set on Manual focus at the center of the end of the rope when he crossed the middle. I also set it at 5.6. This way when I shot the sequence the focus would not change trying to track him and I would also be able to keep him in focus on the far left and right of the frames. I aimed so that I had the far left of the landing covered and the far right of the take off. As soon as he hit the takeoff I held the shutter button down and let the motor drive fire away! After what I remember the third try, he nailed it and we got the shot. I then took the 15+ shots and layered them in photoshop on top of one another on a 12 x 18 inch 300 dpi blank doc and started the process of erasing what was needed and what wasnt, through transparency, and masking techniques. His mom, with all her awesome support really pushed all the sponsors on all the shots especially this one in many markets. This led to his nomination of the SI Kids Sportskid of the year and eventually his win and amazing accomplishment. Sports Illustrated contacted me about wanting to use the photo in their opening spread on him and the rest was history.
Check out this months Issue of Eastern Surf Magazine as Matt Oberman and I finally get a shot printed with his name completely spelled out correctly. Its small in the Blahs sections but its been a long time coming to get something printed for him. Riding Ocatane boards locally shaped out of Pompano Beach, FL. Thanks Matt!