By Dave “Nelly” Nelson
As a general rule, I like to shoot in the early morning and late evening.This is especially true in my home town of Santa Cruz where the light is quite tricky because of the way the Monterey Bay bends and the location of the sunrise and sunsets here. This was really difficult back when we used to shoot film, but even with digital, it’s an issue.
Surfing in Santa Cruz tends to be very tide fickle as well, so everything has to line up perfectly to get a high quality shot: the surfer, the swell direction, the tide, the photographer, the time of day, and good old fashioned luck never hurts either.
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