Walk then Run
Many of the best surf photogs have a speciality, which they do better than anyone. It gets them noticed and it gets them jobs. For Ordy it was his courage and ability in waves of consequence. But it’s not an easy path to follow. “I get emails all the time. Guys saying, I want to shoot the Right from the water or this and that. They’re jumping too high too soon. It’s like surfing. You don’t surf 10-foot waves when you’re starting out. I’ve had crew who say they want to shoot fish eye at The Right and I’m like you’re kidding. Go shoot fish eye at North Point when it’s big and closing out the bay. When that feels like a kiddie’s playground, then sure step it up.” On this trip the students scored a few solid days to test their abilities. Ord was letting them shoot over his shoulder and encouraged them to sit wider and shoot with a 50mm lens if it got too much for them.
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