The story behind one of the best-ever surfing photographs

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by Glenn McCreery, May 9, 2019.

  1. We typically think of photography as a slow contemplative process. However, this tale as told by young surfing photographer Leroy Bellet, of how he obtained one of the best-ever surfing photographs is a combination of careful planning, athletic talent, and risk. In the video, you can watch him accidentally destroy a very expensive camera while perfecting his harrowing process.

    Play the video at, The Story Behind One Of The Best-Ever Surf Shots
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
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  3. Amazing video, @Glenn McCreery! And an amazingly talented photographer. The surfer guy says that he's 'just surfing the wave as well as he can". Leroy Bellet's doing that just as well (while holding a camera) and filming too. Impressive kit and support team too.
  4. oh heck yeah! everything about this is amazing. thanks for sharing this video!
  5. I'm always amazed at the camera work that must be required to get the shots I see in nature programs such as 'Planet Earth.' Like the surf-shot video, they contain some of the most incredible photography I've ever seen, and I'd love to see more on how those shots are obtained. Thanks for sharing.
  6. I wonder how much the guy made on the photo. With all the planning and expense involved, is it actually profitable, or is the reward more the satisfaction of getting the shot?
  7. I would guess that having an activity or sport-specific photo published on the top magazine of said activity/sport, to be viewed by perhaps millions, would be not only very rewarding on a personal and professional level, but also lucrative not only in that moment but possibly for years to come.. especially considering the cameraperson is only 17 years of age!
  8. Doing a bit of research, I couldn't find much, but some figures I found for 2012 indicated a cover photo for a surf mag would be worth about $900 then. But I think that was freelance, not someone working for a magazine. The most lucrative photos seem to be those of celebrities at events that are difficult to get into or celebrity candids that put them in a bad light.
  9. Really enjoyed it, thanks.
  10. Watch some of the work by Jimmy Chin for one. Film called Meru, also the Oscar winning documentary "Free Solo". Amazing camera work in extreme conditions.
  11. Saw them both. Yes, crazy photography. There are several BBC-produced nature shows available on Netflix (and narrated by David Attenborough) that also feature some of the most amazing filmmaking I've ever seen.
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  12. I see Jimmy Chin as a successor to the late Galen Rowell who, back in the film era, was a top notch climber, photographer, and author. He had a strong philosophical bent, and wrote about it as a monthly columnist in Outdoor Photographer magazine. He also published a number of books. I still enjoy reading through his essays in "The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography".

    Leroy Bellet is sponsored by Red Bull and others, which helps explain how he can break a $100K camera and still make money. Many of his photos appear in advertisements, not just in surf magazines.
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  13. Cover photos on Field & Stream and Outdoor Life pay $1,500 these days.

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