We got our 4th cover for The Atlantic Current Magazine, more than any other publication I have worked with! It was about my recent trip to Indonesia on traveling there to surf. We also shot the welcome to summer image campaign. Here are some tear sheets from the June/July 2013 issue. The summer image campaign were shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida
Recently I was brought on a commercial shoot for Sears new Hankook tires with former all pro receiver Cris Carter. We shot product shots, stills, candids, etc. Cris was super fun to work with and provided us all with plenty of humor.
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.
The Pelz family kids got a pro photoshoot with me for Hanukkah. Yeah, thats what they really wanted…lol! Most kids have to be dragged to get just a few photos. These two girls were totally all about it! The boy wasnt as excited but still went along with it! Here are some of the edgy shots we got down at the old train depot in Boca Raton.
Brothers Keenan and Noah Flegel talent make my job easier everytime I shoot them. Here is the latest shoot with the boys. I worked with Keenan ( 2010 World Wakesurfing Champ ) a bit more with some new angles. Getting up close I was towed on a surfboard next to Keenan as he performed. Shooting with one hand and holding the rope with the other. Noah’s shots are done by have him launch over my head while I am towed laying on my back on a tube.
Some Keenan’s shots were used on www.wakesurfers.net and also on his board sponsor Inland Surfers website.
FAU University Galleries Director Rod Faulds
Castle Tile, Marble & Granite once again hired us to shoot shoot some of their finished projects. Here is one of the residences.
Come check out my second annual Photo Slideshow at Island Water Sports this Friday January 6 at 7:30 p.m. Showing surfing images from around the world I shot this year and how I got them. With swag from Quiksilver and Quiksilver Womens. Prints will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds donated to Surfers for Autism.
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.
A local sprint adventure race held at Quiet Waters Park, provided an excellent opportunity to get some nutty people putting themselves into painful situations.
Check out local superkid Noah Flegel, whom I shoot and VOTE for him! He is up for Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year!
The WWA World Champion in the 14-18 Jr. Men Division
The WWA Wakeboard National Champion for the Jr. Men Division 14-18 years old.
3rd Place in Pro Men Division at World Wakesurf Championships
1st Place Trophy at the NSSA Surf Contest in Melbourne, FL 1st Place at ESA Surf contest in Lake Worth, FL
Fundraising for Orphanage of El Tunco, El SalvadorFeeding over 70 homeless people at a shelterMaintained a 3.5 GPA at the North Broward Preparatory School