Here are a few image published this month along with a cover with over 12 images on that we designed and also a calendar cover my image was featured on.
Hurricane Sandy literally created a huge stir in many ways around the Atlantic. Here are some images that were shot, ran, involved in, published, etc….
Featured cover image on the home page of Surfline.com
Contents page of Dec issue of ESM magazine. Aerial of Deerfield Beach.
Main image for all marketing for The Deerfield Beach Surf Festival to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims.
IWS T-shirt. Sales to benefit Sandy Victims.
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.
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.
Recently I was hired on a trip to chase the waves of Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean. We took a flight to Eleuthera, Bahamas start the chase all over the island for 5 days. You can read more each days stories here: http://slavetothewave.com/ben%20hicks/
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Also below are some of the published images from the trip so far in different publications.
Here are couple shots from our favorite non profit we support making their 2012 14 tour stop at Juno Beach Florida.
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
We finished the 2012 Stand Up Paddle board photoshoot for Fanatic Paddleboards. We shot throughout Miami, Biscayne Bay, South Beach, Port of Miami and so on. Here are a few from Day 3….
Surf Expo in Orlando Florida is usually one big party for half the people and an insanely long weekend of business for the people actually getting work done. I shot up with a couple local pros to show our faces to sponsors and industry regulars.
Quiksilver brought in the legendary skaters from the 80’s for The Quik all 80’s Vert Contest with heavy legends such as Tony Hawk, Andy Mac, Christian Hasoi and others. Every photographer there was getting the same shot… right up on the vert ramp in the skaters face or on the side of the ramp on a raised platform. Don’t get me wrong, they were great shots but were all seen before and there was no reason to go compete with all them up there when I didnt need to. Capturing the crowd and the interesting venue was much more interesting. In order to light the skater I purposely relied on someone’s point and shoot flash. Everytime a skater would go for an air a ton of flashes would fire. All I needed to do was pull a chair over to get above the crowd, set the camera about a half stop down to compensate for the flash I was hoping to get and I would get it. Well, not that easy. security didnt like me standing on tables or chairs so I had to get Quik to tell them I was ok to be up there. About 4 tries into it shooting 10 frames per second it looked as if I had the shot I was looking for. But you never know till you get home. When I did get home, I discovered I got it but it was really busy so that is when I converted it to Black and White. It was shot hand held with a Canon Mark 3, Canon 16-35L II lens with no tripod, raw files converted and touched up in Photoshop and bridge. Nate from Eastern Surfing Magazine was stoked on it!
A couple shots ran by Surfline from the paddle outs across the world. Here are two from ours in Deerfield Beach, FL. See the entire article Here
This week I though I would try something new. Since I shoot so many sequences and usually only show a shot or two, I thought it may be more interesting by showing you guys the entire move instead of just one frame. So here ya go. Learn to turn….this week with Cheyne Cottrell.
Check out local Cheyne Cottrell as we scored a little session in Palm Beach on Monday published on Surfline.com in Ides of March.
The swell was still in the water and so was the push to get some shots. Matt and I have been about 0 for 10 and it was about time we got two solid days of shooting in. Headed up with Cheyene mid-morning with the call being Jupiter area. All the boys were there, packed together, taking off one after another. Not nearly as good as the day before but still good conditions to shoot in.
This past week I got sick and it is never fun to sit around and not do anything. Well, mother nature made it a little nicer with some good waves. Here is a little sesh from the other morning out as I found Stevie Andrews schooling his elders while I was up on A1A shooting and getting booted from the median on private property! Aka standing on the side of the road at 8am and arguing with the security guard until he pulled out his little rent-a-cop radio for backup. It was 50 degrees at 8am. Thanks cold for Florida! Good ole Boca!
Getting the call the day before that the swell was good but I couldnt go layed out a decision to make the drive or not. Steph and I decided it was time for a road trip up to old Florida. Got to the inlet about 8:30 and it was good. Even better, no one was out. So I decided not to miss anything and surf myself. Surfed for about 2 hours and ended up ripping out the center fin plugs on my Kechele. Bummer. Right in front of Kevin Welsh, who was one of the kindest Surf Photogs that I have ever met. I ended up talking to him for a while. It was nice to match the name and face to such a positive attitude. After a few calls and finding out Dave Leonard forgot his charger…which explained why I couldnt find where they were surfing, I went and shot on the beach along with Steph and Kevin. Jensen Callaway was boosting while Reineke was getting barreled. Ran into local boy Brian Noel as well.
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…