A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get a job going to Hawaii with Michael Williams of Imagista to film the Hurley Surfing team for the Triple Crown of Surfing. While Noa Ginella was not competing in these events, he presented a very compelling personal story as a young stand-up paddleboarder and artist. Here is the short film that we created.
You'll hear it over and over again: The best light, especially for landscapes, is right around sunrise, or sunset. But unless you have a client paying you to do so, or you have a very specific shot in mind, it can be very difficult to motivate yourself to get out of your warm comfy bed before the sun is up. Sometimes though I find that it's worth doing so, just to remind yourself that you can. Just so that it comes natural when you do have that very specific shot in mind. It's our extra effort that sets us apart from the crowds.
Here are the results of my deciding to make the effort to wake up extra early on a Sunday morning just to play with my camera. I wasn't disappointed.