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Barrel Wave Surf Photography

Leroy Bellet's Surfing Photos are Shot While Riding a Board Himself

— November 2, 2015 — Tech
These incredible surfing photos are taken by 16-year-old Leroy Bellet, who remarkably rides waves behind surfers with a Nikon DSLR and external flash in hand to capture these shots.

Inspired by Laurent Pujol's "double tow photography," Leroy added to this by using flash to light up the surfers from behind. This creates stunning images that feature glorious lighting from sunsets and sunrises. While he expected the images to be glossy and reflective, he quickly learned that clear water absorbs more artificial light than he expected. This fact led to a unique appearance in which only the tumultuous water is lit up, while the bottom and far off ocean look like smooth glass.

Though two boards were broken and the hospital was frequented, these surfing photos turned out beautifully and will certainly inspire other multi-talented photographing surfers to try the same.
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