Catching Waves with Featured Artist Todd Glaser, Surf Photographer

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Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of Todd Glaser’s photos.

Todd Glaser, our latest Featured Artist, is a photographer from San Diego with an affinity for surf.

His photos appear in Surfer magazine (recently gracing the cover!); he recently won the “2009 Photo of the Year” at the 2009 Surfer Poll Video Awards. You can keep up with his ongoing adventures on his frequently updated blog.

Todd took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk about his love of surfing, photography, and how the two mix.

OO: What originally fascinated you about shooting surf photography?

Todd Glaser: I’ve always been a surfer and loved being in the water and taking photos. So it was a natural step for me to combine two of my passions into one and be able to capture what it is like to be on a wave or be in a tent in the middle of nowhere looking for new waves.

OO: You recently won the “2009 Photo of the Year” at the 2009 Surfer Poll Video Awards. Can you tell us about capturing that image and a little about the awards ceremony experience?

TG: That award I feel belongs just as much to Greg Long and his brother Rusty for finding the wave and sharing it with me. Without their trust in me not to expose where we were and by allowing me to come along and document the sessions we had there was something I will never forget. From a technical side, I used a fisheye on a Canon digital camera with a waterhousing to swim close to the wave and get in that spot. The water was really cold, it’s deep, and who knows what was swimming around us, but we were all happy to get home safely! The awards experience was cool. There were a ton of friends there and it turned into a big party afterward.

OO: Do you have any tips for anyone interested in starting to shoot surf photography?

TG: Work hard, know your equipment, study the history of surfing so you know what has happened and what may be coming. I feel like I learn something new every time I turn my camera on. Working with surfers who are good at surfing and understand the relation ship between the photographer and rider is key as well. If you’re going to shoot water, buy a warm wetsuit because it gets really cold really fast. Wake up early, be at the beach and ready to go first thing in the morning so you can get the best light and be at the best spot. Most importantly have fun and love what you are doing…good photos will come from that

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