Surf photography has always been innovative regarding making the most of a location. It’s notoriously hard to find a fresh location or a new angle. Since flash rigs have become powerful and portable enough to be brought to the beach a few years ago, a whole new genre of surf photography emerged – night shoots.
As more night-time events have emerged – just take the Red Bull Night Riders and Red Bull Night Shift events at Bali in June, Cape Town in January and Florida last November as recent examples – photographers have faced new challenges, especially regarding flashing the action. New styles and techniques have developed.
Some photographers focused more on capturing the moodiness of the ocean setting as opposed to the extreme action shots. Between the ranging styles and the different lighting of the locations, photographers approach night-time photography very differently to overcome the limitations of being too far from the action or lighting issues.
To find out more about nighttime surf photographer and the choice of artificial wave parks, Red Bull Illume spoke to action sports photographer Robert Snow about his spectacular shoot at Typhoon Lagoon which made a big impression on surf photography over the last year.
The results were stunning. Unlike the ocean setting, the artificial waves are illuminated in an azure glow, with the white spray contrasting strongly against a dark background. The color of the waves is responsible for completely transforming the ambience of the shot and the setting produces a studio-like result, as if the shot was meticulously planned and frozen and not just a second of freeze-framed action.
Read on to find out about his shoot with Red Bull’s top emerging surfers Evan Geiselman, Kolohe Andino and Cristobal De Col.
Photos by Robert Snow, courtesy of Red Bull Illume