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Wakeboarding with Jason Vinson

BTS: Wakesurfing with the Phottix Indra500 TTL

BTS: Wakesurfing with the Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

Action sport photography has always been something that I have been drawn to, but I just don’t have the access and opportunity to shoot it very often. So when I got the chance to shoot some wakesurfing, I Instantly jumped at the opportunity. The one thing I wanted to do going into the shoot though, was come out with something different.
When planning this shoot, the first thing I wanted to do was make it look like I was shooting from the water. Because the boat is moving relatively slow, I knew I would be able to position myself on the back of the boat and get low enough to do this, but I also knew that I would be dealing with a lot of splashing water. To combat this, I placed my Nikon D750 with a Nikon 20mm lens into an Outex underwater housing. Having the camera in the housing not only made it so I didn’t have to worry about splashing water, but it also made it so that I could stick the camera right into the wake in order to catch the water coming up over the top of the camera.

After knowing my shooting position, I still wanted to come up with a game plan on how to make these images different. I was instantly drawn to the fact that the action happens so close to the back of the boat and thought it would be a perfect place to put a strobe to be able to light up my subject. Knowing that I would be shooting in full daylight though, I knew I was going to need a light with some power, so I chose my Phottix Indra500 TTL to do the job. This light not only has enough power to fight the bright sun, but it also gives me the ability to shoot with High-speed-sync.

This is where my biggest issue came into play. I knew I needed my Indra500 and my Outex underwater housing, but the Odin trigger for the Indra was too large to place inside the housing. Looking around at my options, I realized that I had a set of Yongnuo Triggers that would fit inside the housing. Unfortunately, the Indra doesn’t have any possible way to connect a separate receiver. My mind started to brainstorm using the Yongnuo trigger to fire a hotshoe flash that could then fire the slave of the Indra, which quickly became more complicated than I wanted to deal with while cruising around in the back of a boat.

Then it occurred to me, the Yongnuo triggers have a pass through hotshoe. Normally, this is so you can have the trigger attached to your camera while still giving the ability to have a hotshoe flash on your camera at the same time. It also gives these triggers the ability to be both receivers and triggers at the same time. So I thought, if these can pass a TTL signal to a flash, why can’t it also pass that same signal to another trigger?

Sure enough, it worked. So with the Yongnuo trigger attached to my camera inside the housing, I had the Yongnuo receiver acting as a trigger that would fire the Odin Trigger. I was now able to just have this weird trigger/receiver assembly hang out in my camera bag for the entire shoot. From here, I was able to hang out on the back of the boat and shoot, while my wife and photography partner held and directed the light.

For the shoot itself, I took advantage of the Indras power output and high speed sync capabilities and shot with my subjects back to the sun. While under exposing the background, I was able to use the strobe to light my subject. Because the strobe is still relatively far from the subject though, the standard reflector I used was causing to much light to fall onto the wave and surrounding water. To fix this issue, I placed a fairly tight grid onto the front of the reflector, which gave me more of a spot light effect on the surfer. In the final images, you will see that the water is nice and crisp because I’m able to use a fast shutter speed (1/1250th of a second). But as the sun starts to set and I have to lower my shutter speed, the water starts to become more blurred and movement becomes more apparent. The good thing about using flash for this though, is that even though my shutter speed is no longer fast enough to freeze motion, the flash is still able to freeze my subject. This leaves me with a crisp surfer and nice motion blurred water. For a quick BTS look, you can see the video. Excuse the shaky vertical recording though.

Looking back at this shoot, there are some things that I would like to do differently next time I’m given the opportunity. The first thing would be the position of the light. For most of the shots, the light remained constantly up high and to the back camera left. This caused light to hit the peak of the waves a bit, even when using a tight grid. A more ideal location would have been camera right so that there is no wave interference. I would also have liked a bit more direction to the light. This is limited by the width of the boat and not being able to move side to side very much, but an option for the future might be to bring a type of boom arm to get the light off to the side of the surfer a bit more. Another thing I would change is trying to get even lower and making it more noticeable that the camera is actually in the water. This was hard to do with the housing and dome port I had available though. In the future, I think it would be beneficial to get a more suitable housing that allows larger dome ports that are more ideal for split level photography.

One interesting thing that I want to test out in the future, is possibly using this receiver/trigger assembly thing to increase the max firing distance of the strobe for some cool long distance shots. What are some cool workarounds you have to come up with to make a shoot work? 

  • Jason Vinson is a wedding and portrait photographer for Vinson Images based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has a passion for street photography and light painting. On rare occasions he can be spotted in front of a large plate of bacon and was once referred to as “the most interesting man with a camera.”

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Fstoppers Review of the Outex Underwater Housing

    When I first looked at placing my camera into the water I noticed that there was a lot of different options. The most practical and safe method was the big and very expensive dive housings that are used for scuba diving. The cheapest, most dangerous option was the little plastic zip lock bag-type housings that can be found on eBay for $100. I wanted something that would not break the bank, but would also be safe enough that I could put in an expensive DSLR plus a lens, and trust it would be safe. These stipulations are what brought me to the Outex underwater housing.

    The Outex underwater housing is a middle of the line underwater housing. It’s definitely better than the zip lock bag styled housings, but it won’t keep up with the expensive housings used for scuba diving. In fact, this cannot be used for scuba diving at all. The Outex housing is IP08 tested, which means it can be submerged to depths of 10 meters. That makes this housing perfect for pretty much any water sport, other than scuba diving. It is also used for other events such as color runs, mud runs, and other types of activities where your camera may get dirty or wet. For this review, I will be talking strictly about using this housing in the water.

     

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    Outex in action with Ale Socci / Green Pixel

    outex.com/ Outex hermetically seals your SLR camera from the elements – mud, dirt, sand, water, moisture, etc. – while maintaining tactile feel.

     

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    Framed Network and Jeff Dotson using Outex

    Behind the scenes from recently shot footage for Framed Show of Framed Network.

     

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    Sarah Lee – Capturing What You Can’t Control

    Underwater photographer Sarah Lee (http://www.vivantvie.com/) loves the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water, and light. Unlike other forms of photography, where pixels are painstakingly crafted, Sarah embraces what she can’t control and uses her photography to find beauty in the chaos.

     

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    Cabo Review by Andy Giraud

     

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    Lucia Griggi Images cover the globe

    Lucia Griggi’s father is from Venice, Italy, and her mother is from London England, which perhaps explains her Marco Polo inspiration to trek around the globe capturing beautiful images along the way. She started her career as a surf photographer, but has transcended her search to paths both near and far from the beach, pursuing her passion of travel and understanding. In under a decade, Griggi has become a leader, and her work respected and followed by many in the industry.
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    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Santa Barbara, CA visitors bureau promo

    Tom Gliserman used Outex on his GH3 for most of the water scenery for this video, which he says “Came in very handy! Thanks for the cost-effective way to make those shots possible.”

     

     

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    Underwater Rugby – Extreme Adventure Protection!

    First look by Pete Leong of Fotoshisa using Outex to capture some Rock Rugby on the beach.

     

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    Have Kayaks, Will Travel.

    Up until now, most of the photos we took on the water in dynamic conditions were shot with small waterproof cameras like the Nikon coolpix aw110. It’s a very good camera, but it simply doesn’t provide the features and photo quality of the the DSLRs we use on land (and, occasionally, on the water in calmer conditions). Early this summer we learned about a new product that allows us to use our DSLR on the water without worrying about it or the lenses getting damp. The Outex system is comprised of a soft latex camera cover, optical glass lens, and a viewfinder or LCD screen lens. The camera cover is sized to fit specific cameras and a range of lenses. You then choose an Outex optical lens that fits the diameter of your lens and screws into the filter threads. The latex cover fits over this and is sandwiched by a washer and threaded ring that fit over the optical lens.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Green Pixel in Hawaii

    Chico, CA kayaker Ben Stookesberry, photographed by Green Pixe Ale Socci, Chris Korbulic, AleSocci/GreenPixel — in Hawaii.

     

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    Shooting with Outex in Afghanistan

    In military situations the environment is often unpredictable. As a Soldier, I want reliable results from the equipment I know and trust. In Afghanistan, conditions were harsh on all of my camera equipment, but ruggedness is just as important as size and weight. I needed to travel light and be quick on my feet. I used OUTEX to protect my Nikon D-40, keeping out sand and dust without incident.

     

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    Caving with Anton Lorimer and Sarah Lee in Hawaii

    Anton Lorimer, of San Francisco’s Lorimerworks, during a shoot in Hawaii. Anton Lorimer is an award winning cinematographer and speaker residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lorimerwork’s unique style takes advantage of film’s dynamic nature by incorporating movement in all aspects of our production.There is always a sense of movement and pace in his projects to enhance the story. Anton has worked with other renowned photography heavyweights like Jasmine Star, Smug Mug, Stephanie Reeder, Sarah Lee, and many others. Here’s Anton during a recent visit to Hawaii, as photographed by Sarah Lee herself.

    You can see more of Anton Lorimer’s work at http://www.lorimerworks.com.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Sarah Lee getting busy with Outex in Hawaii

    Sarah Lee is incessantly glued to camera viewfinders, dafins, and the sea. Her aim in making photos is to capture and accentuate the beauty in the surroundings. She believes photography is a mode of visual problem solving and a way to perpetuate the stoke, whether it be above the surface or below. Sarah travels the world pefecting her craft, and is currently based in Hawaii. Here she is getting wet with OUTEX at a local break.

    Sarah’s work has earned her a large following, and she’s a leading lady in outdoor, adventure, and surf photography. Sarah has received her share of awards and been featured in multiple publications.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Green Pixel Adventure Photography

    “Outex is 90%+ responsible for my best shots involving water.”

    Ale Socci, of Green Pixel Adventure Photography

    I’ve been passionate about outdoor photography for as long as I can remember. My partner and I run Green Pixel, a photo agency that specializes in adventure sport photography. We have 10 photographers covering events around the world; kayaking, paddle-boarding, rappelling, 4-wheeling, paint-ball, and many more. These activities keep our staff busy – and dirty.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Chris Burkard, Outex and Kamchatka, Russia

    This past August Chris Burkard, Cyrus Sutton, Dane Gudauskas, Trevor Grodon, and Keith Malloy set out to explore Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. For two weeks they camped out, looking for waves, and fly fished. After the second World War, the Russian Government limited all travel, including Russian citizens, to this remote area, making the Peninsula one of the most remote and undeveloped places in the world. Since opening up in 1990, limited development has affected the area, but swell forecasting cannot dictate a trip to Kamchatka – like most surf trips these days – because of the difficult travel plans required to visit. The Peninsula boasts the most active volcano chain, one-third of the Pacific salmon and the largest population of brown bears in the world.

     

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    Off Yonder and Elevation Magazine

    Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure and expedition writer and photographer who is always “Off Yonder: Seeing the world for what it is.” In addition to writing his own popular blog (offyonder.com), he is a Senior Editor for Elevation Outdoors Magazine (elevationoutdoors.com) and he has written, photographed and/or worked for National Geographic, Australian Geographic,Mountainzone.com, Great Outdoors, UK Travel Mag, Trekker Magazine(Germany) and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 15 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips, the list goes on . . . really.

     

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    THE EXPEDITION

    In 2010 Norm Hann paddled the 400km proposed tanker route. In 2012, Norm will paddle 350kms along the East Coast of Haida Gwaii from Old Masset in the north and finishing at SGang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage site at the southern tip. With support from First Nations communities the crew will spend 3 weeks paddling and sailing this pristine part of the world to document what is at stake. They took OUTEX with them. Here are some of the early shots.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Tim McKenna

    Leading figure in action sport photography, Tim McKenna has become recognised as one of the best outdoor photographers in the world, inspiring his generation by revealing the sheer beauty of the elements through images capturing the most spectacular sporting performances in extraordinary settings.

    His work, has appeared in countless publications and advertising campaigns, product of twenty years of travel across the globe, often pioneering new destinations.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Ale Socci’s work featured on Outside Magazine

    Ale Socci – Has helped establish Green Pixel as one of the leading photography teams in the world, coving all adventure sports and activities.

    Check out some of his work at Green Pixel; http://www.greenpixel.com.br/

    “There are some places with mysterious associations and almost mythical character; Norway is one of those places to me. Endless sunlight, cliff-lined fjords, lightning blue rivers flowing from glaciers into the sea, it’s easy to see why. Since I started kayaking I have seen and heard about this Scandinavian kayaking oasis and its unbelievable rivers, but I never thought I would get to paddle here.” —Kayaker Chris Korbulic, Born Out There

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Jon Nash in Action with Outex

    How about this awesome shot of Jon Nash using Outex this past week? Thank for sharing Jon. Glad to see our product put to such great use! Keep up the good work.

     

    The Professionals blog shares reviews, stories, images and videos from our loyal customers using the Outex underwater camera case. We hope that reading these will help answer any questions or re-assure any doubts you may have about our products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know!

    Jon Nash Photography

    Aged 16 all Jon Nash knew was that he wanted to become a professional photographer. Armed with nothing more than a camera he started out his photographic journey learning the basic tools of the trade assisting studio photographers.

    A year later and full of bravado Jon Nash headed off to South Africa to record and capture the horrors of a nation repressed by apartheid. Caught up in a troubled country Jon Nash was thrown into the deep end early in his career and here learnt the importance of shooting quickly and under pressure to deliver raw emotion.

    Following the rigors of his African experience Jon elected to spend a year living a more sedate life and worked onboard a cruise ship as the ship’s photographer in the Caribbean. It was here that he was introduced to the world of ocean yacht racing when he was presented with the opportunity to crew a boat back to England. Without hesitation he jumped ship from the cruise liner into a career that enabled him to travel the world on a quest to deliver a range of perfect sailing and adventure shots.

     

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