Surf Photography

Surf photography isn’t quite as fun as surfing, but if you’re already a surfer and know a bit about digital photography, you should be able to make quick progress in surf photography. I got my start with surf photography in Bali, Indonesia, which is a pretty ideal place to learn. With the best waves on the West coast, the setting sun backlights the Indian Ocean, giving these sunset wave photos a really cool quality to them. Also, with some of the most consistent waves in the world, it is pretty easy to pick a good spot to shoot some surf photos in Bali. I prefer to swim out into the surf and shoot from the water. The surf photos you’ll get from being ‘in there’ with the surfers are generally going to be better than the ones shot from the beach with a long zoom lens. This surf photography gallery covers most of my favorite surf photos from around Bali, especially Uluwatu, Bingin Beach, Padang Padang Beach, and Balangan Beach.


Mentawai Underwater Waves Photo Gallery
Watching waves underwater has always fascinated me. The incredible explosion of water and air, the amazing way the light is bent by the curving ocean. The only problem is that in most surf spots, the wate…
Mentawai Surf Photos: Perfect Waves at Togat Nusa
I've dreamed about visiting and surfing the Mentawai Islands ever since I arrived in Indonesia ten years ago. So when the invitation came up from Togat Nusa Retreat I jumped at the chance to spend ten days o…
Best Photos of 2015: A Year of Adventure Travel
Spent the last day of 2015 looking back through the highlights of one of the most productive years I've ever had exploring the world with a camera. From more than 20,000 photos taken this year, this gallery in…
Best Photos of 2014: A Year of Travel in Pictures
Hard to believe how fast 2014 went by, but it seems as things get more and more busy, the faster time seems to pass. So many highlights from this past year, I've cut them down to just the very best of the best.…
Best of 2013 Gallery: The Year in Photos
Ten years ago this month I was packing my bags for the adventure of a lifetime in the Philippines. That Peace Corps assignment in Dumaguete turned out to be just the beginnning of what has become my dream job…
Uluwatu Outside Corner: Bali Sunset Surf Photos
What's the quickest way for first-time surfers to get in trouble in Bali? They'll ask their taxi driver where the best wave in Bali is. The answer? Uluwatu. Yeah, technically the cabbie is right but Ulu is a lo…
Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island
I read recently that something like 90% of the tourism in Bali happens within a ten-kilometer radius of the airport. Pretty ridiculous when you think how many amazing spots on the island are well outside that s…
Perfect Day for the Beach at Bingin
Nothing much better than a beautiful beach in Bali and a perfect Indian Ocean swell rolling over the western horizon. This gallery covers the highlights of an amazing afternoon of shooting surf photos at Bingin…
Bali Surf Video: Perfect Barrels on the Bukit
We've just had our first big swell of 2011--last Wednesday kicked it off and things didn't get quiet until today (Tuesday). My New Year's resolution this year is to put down the surf board more often and pic…
Bali Surf Photographer Interview: Surfing In Jeans
Bali Surf Photography Interview at 'Surfing in Jeans' Last week I did a fun short interview with the guys from the 'Surfing in Jeans' website about surf photography and life in Bali. If you want to check out t…