Blog en-us (C) [email protected] ( Wed, 20 Apr 2022 15:16:00 GMT Wed, 20 Apr 2022 15:16:00 GMT Blog 120 80 New Toys While I have not been able to do as much photography as I would like to lately, I have done some upgrading of equipment and getting some new stuff to play with.

I have recently  upgraded my camera body to a Canon 5d Mk4.  It shoots at 7 FPS, which is perfect for wave shooting. 

Here are some recent shots taken with the new body

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The other new toy that I picked up was the GoPro Karma drone.  I have been waiting to purchase a drone until this came out.  Not that the Karma has all the functions of some of the other drones, but the versatility of the Karma is why I chose it.  The fact that it uses a GoPro (Black 5) and I can take it right from the air, to put on my housing and into the water makes it just what I wanted / needed.  Also the fact that the Black 5 shoots in RAW makes it much better to editing photos.  Here are a couple of examples so far:

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I hope you enjoyed these new images, and would love to know what you think down in the comments section..

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[email protected] ( 5Dmk4 Canon Florida GoPro Karma Sunset Surf water photography Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:13:27 GMT
Where the hell... So it has been some time since my last post here...

As I have said before, life sometimes gets in the way of my passion for photography.  That is what led me to this latest extend time away from the blog.  As some of you know, I moved to the Tampa Florida area back in June.  Since then, it has been about adjusting to my new area, my kids new schools, working remotely for a company in California, and the list goes on and on.  

I have, however gotten my camera back in gear and have started to explore my new surroundings, and I have to say, I am really liking it.  The waves are not like I had in Southern California, but that just give me the opportunity to try new things and have fun playing with landscapes.  Here are just a few images that I have taken in Central Florida...

I created the above image at a place I just randomly saw on my way to my father-in-laws house.

Here a view from outside my front door..

By far the most difficult thing about this move has been finding waves in the Gulf.  I have been lucky so far, but you really need to search for them here.  

I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the images I have taken so far here in Florida.  You can see more daily images on my Florida feed on Instagram (@Ronald.Hons).

[email protected] ( Clearwater Florida Gulfcoast Sunset Surf SurfingEye Images Tampa Water photography Waves beach Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:01:18 GMT
People too.. While most of my work that is posted on my site and throughout my social media highlights landscape, wave and sunsets, I do also do a lot of portrait work.  

I have done a few portrait shoots that I would wanted to highlight.  Depending on what the client wants, I do still like to incorporate both water and landscape into my shoots.  Living on the coast, you really can't help not to.  Here are some of my favorites from recent portrait shoots...

The first couple of shots were from a SR portrait shoot that I did.  The client really wanted to be have a nature / beach feel to the images.


The next shoot was for a bikini company...

This shoot was for a fitness blogger to use for her website and social media outlets.  

This shoot (my most recent one) was for a yoga teacher who is blogging for the SUP paddle board company she is working with.


I hope you enjoyed these images.  

If you liked the look and feel of these you can always book a shoot with me by emailing me at [email protected].

You can also view more of my portrait work in my FACES gallery.

Follow me on Instagram where I post a good majority of my work (@Ronald.Hons).  I have recently started a new feed there (formerly @hons24)

[email protected] ( Portrait Yoga beach fitness girl sunset Wed, 04 May 2016 19:09:22 GMT
Beauty from above Well... that was a bit of a break.. 

Life has been a bit busy for me since the summer.  My normal 9-5 got super demanding and baby #2 arrived.  But, I am back and hope to be able share more of my recent shots since then.  

First, lets start back with a shoot I did from the air.  I went up during sunset during a fall night in San Diego and was able to come away with some images that I was very happy with.  It actually spawned a new gallery on my site.. 

Take a look:

As stated above, I started a new gallery for my aerial photos.  Go to:

I would love to know what you think in the comments section.


[email protected] ( Landscape San Diego aerial photography Thu, 18 Feb 2016 23:26:51 GMT
4th of July As the day went on this past 4th of July, my wife wanted less and less to go out and deal with the crowds to watch the fireworks in San Diego.

So stayed home, I went to one of my favorite spots on the cliffs in La Jolla to get some shots of the fireworks…

Here is what I came away with..

While it was cloudy all day, the sun did manage to peak out for the last few mins...

A little 60 sec exposure before the light show started...

These were not the fireworks I came out to get, but I did like these much more than the actual La Jolla show.

Here is a closer shot of the fireworks that were going off on Mission Bay.

I was a little sad that I didn't have my 300mm with me for these shots...

Hope you enjoyed these.  More blog posts coming soon.



[email protected] ( 4th of July Beach Fireworks La Jolla Night Ocean Pier Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:11:50 GMT
More time in the OC A few weeks ago, I had to spend two days in Orange County for my normal job.  My meetings didn't start until 9:30 on the first day, so I left my house very early, so I could get in a sunrise session prior to my first meeting.  I stopped in Laguna and spent about 2 hours in the water.. Here are some of the shots I took that morning:

That night, I stayed in Newport specifically so I could go and shoot at the Wedge in the morning.  I got up, hit the treadmil at 5am and was then at the beach and in the water by 6:15.  One of my better sessions at the Wedge.  I didn't use my flash, but I did use my 17-40 lens, a lot of the time at 40mm.  Here is what I came away with:

I really liked the angle on this one..

I hope you enjoyed...








[email protected] ( CA Laguna SPL The Wedge Waves water photography Thu, 14 May 2015 16:48:26 GMT
Birthday Waves I rarely get out in the water when it is raining.  I also rarely get out in the water on my birthday.  I made a huge mistake last year where I looked outside, saw it was a gloomy rainy morning, and said Nah.  I am going to stay home.  The next day I saw what I missed, which was the one of the biggest swells to hit La Jolla Cove in a couple of decades.  

This year didn't have that kind of swell, but it did rain all morning long.  Not hard, but consistent.  I knew I wasn't going to get in water for a couple of weeks so I thought I would make the most of the situation. 

My buddy, photographer Jeff Vasko and I met and checked a couple of spots.  We settled on Marine St in La Jolla.  It is one of our favorite spots and we were the only ones out because of the rain.  I was playing with different shutter speeds, different zooms and mostly trying to catch water bouncing off the ocean...

Here is what I came away with:

These are some of my favorite types of shots.. I will tell you even though these are smaller waves, I take a bit of a beating gettng them...

Its always fun to play with shutter speeds...


The textues that the rains create on the water were awesome!


This was one of my favorite shots.  I was able to get the drop perfectly in focus!

My focus was on point on this wave.  I loved all the texture on this wave.


I know gloomy waves are not the as pretty to look at as waves with perfect sunshine, but it is always good to change things up..

[email protected] ( La Jolla Rain Ronald Hons SPL water photography Mon, 11 May 2015 16:08:57 GMT
A Day in the OC About a month ago, the waves in La Jolla just died off.  There was just nothing.  Normally I can go out and find something to try and get creative, but there was just nothing…

So me and a buddy, photographer Jeff Vasko, decided to take a ride up to Laguna Beach to do some shooting.  The morning was cold and gray, but the waves were pretty good so it made it okay..

After we were done in Laguna, I had heard the Wedge was hitting at a pretty good size, so I decided to make my way up there.  There was a lot of water moving around and at least 100 people in the water between Wedge and Cylinders.  I did some shooting with my 300mm from the jetty and liked what I came away with…

From the Wedge...

This shot had nearly 40K views on

I hope you enjoyed this look from the Wedge Jetty.  Take at more in my recents gallery. 

[email protected] ( Big Surf Jetty Laguna Beach Newport SurfingEye Images water photography Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:11:51 GMT
Costa Rica I recently took a trip with the family to the beautiful country of Costa Rica.  We were there for 12 days, going to five different locations within the country.  Some of the area’s that we traveled to were:

Tortuguero which is located in the Costa Rican rain forest.  This was so off the beaten path that the only way in was by boat or by plane. 

We then went on to Arenal and stayed at one of the spas below the Arenal volcano.  After trekking through the rain forest, this was a nice change of pace. 

After Arenal, we then went on to Monteverde.  This was one of my favorite places.  The hanging bridges in the cloud forest was by far my favorite places that we went. 

Lastly, we ended our trip in the beautiful beach town of Manuel Antonio.  This was a nice relaxing place to end our trip with warm pacific water and calendar quality sunsets. 

Here are some of the images that I took while in this wonderful country.. I hope you enjoy!

We were on the boat going towards the our hotel in Tortuguero and I looked back and saw a few mini waves breaking...

A 3 toed Sloth just hanging out...

This was the view walking down to the lobby at the spa we stayed at in Arenal.

The hanging bridges in the cloud forest lived up to the hype..

The beach at the end of the hike in the Manuel Antonio national park.  Kinda like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

This was the view from our hotel in Manuel Antonio

Who me?  These guys were all over the place everywhere we went in Costa Rica.

I hope you enjoyed these images.  All images as well as those in my Costa Rica gallery are avaliable for print purchase.  I would love to know what you think of the shot, so please feel free to comment!

[email protected] ( Costa Rica Sunset SurfingEye Images beach cloud forest hanging bridges rainforest Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT
Nobody's Perfect Now a days, people can find great photos and photographers everywhere.  All over the internet, Facebook, Instagram, 500px, a photographer can find inspiration all over the place…..

When looking at all the great photos and the skill of some of these photographers, young aspiring photographers can sometimes get intimidated about the images that they share.  What I want to do is to show you, that nobody is perfect.  Even with the digital age that we are in, photographers miss shots for numerous reasons. 

This blog is not meant to tell you that I think I am a great photographer by any means.  More to show you, that even someone that posts the occasional good photo still requires a lot of trial and error to get that one good photo to post on social media, or my website.  With using digital it is a lot easier to shoot as much as you want.  My theory is to shoot 50 image to get 1 that absolutely stands out.  If I do that, then I fell that I have been successful.  

To back that point up a little bit.  My last time in the water shooting shorebreak was last week:

  • I shot 538 picturers 
  • I deleted 120 off of my camera.  The rest were imported into Lightroom.
  • I then deleted another 201 images after seeing something in the image that I didn't like (waterspots, really out of focus, etc.) 
  • Of the final 217, I edited 74 images.  
  • Of the ones I edited, I exported 49 images out of Lightroom.
  • Of that, only 2 images will be used on my website.  The other 47 will be used for various posts on social media. 

Here are some images that would otherwise have been deleted off my camera or would have never made it out of Lightroom…

This image i thought would have been okay, however I missed my focus point using my 50mm at a low F stop.

I think I had some water spots on my port which messed up about half of the image.

I whipped my camera around a little to quick and missed the back of the wave...

This one was just way to over exposed.  My focus point is a little off as well..

On the other end.. this one was a little under exposed.  This is sometimes tough when shooting from the water with flash because you can have everything exposed correctly, until about this point of the wave, and then your exposure is a little darker than I would like it..

I was shooing at a lower F stop on this shot.  I would have liked this a little more if I was shooting at a little higher so more was in focus.  Or if I had my focus a little deeper in the barrel.

Water spots are a water photographers worst enemy..

I would have really liked this shot, but I had my flash to high and the water is to bright for my liking.

I hope this gives people a little glimps of things that would never come out of my lightroom.  I hope you liked seeing this little BTS.


[email protected] ( Mistakes Out of Focus blury Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:59:25 GMT
La Jolla Clarity In January, which was my first month back in the water since my knee injury, the clarity was some of the best that I have ever seen in La Jolla or California for that matter.  There had not been a lot of swell for a couple of weeks which helped clear out a lot of the kelp and sea grass that had been in the water. 

Here are some of the images showing off the clarity….




























I really liked the detail on this upclose vortex.  

You can view more of these images (in larger size) as well as others showing the clarity from these days in my Recent's folder.


[email protected] ( La Jolla Ronald Hons SPL Surf Underwater beach water photography Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:34:48 GMT
Getting Salty... My little bit of hell is over.  Being out of the water for 2 months as the California winters swells start hitting our shores was brutal.  Seeing all my buddies from La Jolla and Laguna scoring left and right.  Wishing I was able to join them.  All that is now over.  I went out for a swim a couple of days after Christmas.  I didn’t intend to shoot, but after a little swim, I found that the waves were not really big and that the current was not strong.  My knee felt pretty good so I decided to grab my housing and camera out of the car and do a little shooting.  And by a little, I mean two hours.  And then another 3 hours the following morning.  I had no pain in my knee and am fully healed up after the sprained MCL. 

The first two days I was back in the water, the clarity was off the charts.  Some of the best that I have seen not just in La Jolla, but anywhere.  Here are some of the shots from those mornings..

This was one of my favorite vortex I shot up until this time.

This is my buddy Jeff behind the wave.


Here is a little sequence that I shot... You can see how I am positioned in the water and the amount of frames I get in a given wave.  Thats why the knowledge of the water is so important.

I loved the contrast in this image...

If you would like to see more from my first two days back in the water...  Go to and take a look at some of my better shots from these two days... Hope you enjoy!


[email protected] ( La Jolla Underwater sunset water photography waves Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:25:12 GMT
Gotta do something... While I had my knee on the mend and I was not allowed in the water, I tried work a lot on the other forms of photography that I do… Mostly on my landscape photography…

I tried to go a few different places around San Diego while working on this. 

My gear for these shots is:

·         Canon 5D mark3

·         Canon 17-40 f/4 lens

·         Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

·         Manfrotto tripod

I don’t use a remote trigger (although I do have on) for most of my landscape and long exposures.  I normally will change the camera to a 2 sec delay after I click.

I would love to know what you think of these shots in the comments section..

You can see a few more in my "Recents" gallery...




[email protected] ( CA Canon La Jolla Long Exposure Ronald Hons San Diego Sunrise sunset Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:12:49 GMT
Missing the View.... As some may know, I have been dealing with a knee injury suffered while in the water in the first week of November.  The injury is a sprain to my MCL in my left knee.  Anyone who has been in the water shooting photos, body boarding, etc, knows what a beating you can take in the water.  On this particular occasion, I was standing it about 2 inches of water.  A wave came a long and it was so strong and powerful, that when it started sucking the sand up, it trapped my left foot in the sand.  When the wave threw, it took my upper body with it, but left my left foot and knee trapped there.  Needless to say… it hurt… It felt like my knee cap was floating around in a bowl of jelly…

Lucky for me, that is all I did.  No surgery, but also no water activities either…  I have about 3 more weeks to go before I can get back in… and I am counting the days… 

Here are some shots that I took from the water prior to the injury…

You can see more in my “Recent” gallery as well… ENJOY!

Don't forget, you can still get 20% off all canvas print orders from now until the end of the year... Use "Holiday14" at checkout...

Here is a little shot sequence...


This was the wave that I hurt my knee on.....




[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL water photography Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:56:45 GMT
Oahu.... Anytime you hop on a flight to leave San Diego, it's hard to think that you are going somewhere more beautiful than where you just came from.  However, when your destination is Oahu, Hawaii it makes it much easier. 

I was lucky enough to get to spend the better part of six days on the island simply to do photography.  My goal was to break out of my comfort zone of wave photography and try to take different sorts of shots other than just waves from inside the water…  I wanted to highlight the beauty that I saw while I was there. 

I spent most of my time on the North Shore, but did try to do some exploring around the island.  I am going to share some of the images here, as well as my new Oahu Gallery.  I hope you enjoy…

You can check out more of my favorites from these shoots at:










Sunsets from Sharks Cove look good...even underwater...










More over/under sunsets from Sharks Cove










I went to the beach to shoot with the big green sea turtles on this morning.. so I just tried to find something else to shoot..




























All the these waves shots were taken while on the North Shore.  Summer is traditionally very flat from a wave standpoint... so I was a little lucky to get any waves that I did...

This was the view I got to wake up to every day out side my rental on the North Shore...



















More from Keiki's beach...




















Just some of the images that I took while roaming around the Island...

Can't go to Oahu without making a trip to Sandy's beach...

While shooting from the water is fun at Sandy's, it is always nice to play with new angles...

I love playing with Big Green Sea Turtles... 

Lastly, while waiting to board my flight in San Diego, I saw my friend and owner of SPL Waterhousing (who I use) Sean LaBrie.  Him and met up a few times to shoot waves and turtles.  Sean was testing out his custom housing for his 1Dx.  Good times!

Remember, if you like what you have seen here, make sure to check out my Oahu 2014 Gallery...


[email protected] ( Oahu Sea turtles SurfingEye Images water photography Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:40:12 GMT
New Port In anticipation for my upcoming trip to HI next week, I wanted to get a new port to do some underwater shooting with.  So I decided on a flat port for my Canon 17-40 f/4 lens.  I got it with the zoom so I can change the distance while in the water.  I have tested it out a couple of times in La Jolla over the last week.  Not too much shooting underwater with it her in SoCal due to the water clarity, but I have liked the results with it so far.  I am stoked to see what I come away with in Oahu…

What do you think on these shots?


This final shot was something I was testing out the ISO on my camera.  Shot at 1/500 sec, at F/4.5 and 1250 ISO.

More shots from this new port test can be found at

Look for more from Oahu coming soon....


[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Waterhousings Sunset water photography Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:23:43 GMT
The Wedge..In all it's glory The first good South Swell of the summer hit the coast of Southern California this past weekend.  It didn’t disappoint those who were on the coast to witness it in Newport were treated to a wonderful show…


I woke up at 3 am on Sunday morning to make the trip up to The Wedge to be there before sunrise.  When I got there at 4:50am it was still pitch black out.  I open the door to my car to walk down to the beach, and for those who have never been to The Wedge, the street is a good 300-400 yards away from the beach, and can hear the waves break clear as day.  When you hear that, you know it’s big..

After walking down to check the surf, then going back to get in my car to get ready, I head back down to the beach.  Housing (w/ flash) in hand.  I get in the water and notice immediately that the current was strong… Stronger than I have felt in a long time.  That coupled with how steep the beach was with all the water rushing back from the waves that just broke, and it was making it very difficult for me to stay in the position that I wanted to be in… 


After getting tossed up the beach more times in an hour than I have in the last 2 years, I realized that Sunday was not my day.  So, I changed out of my water gear and headed back to the beach.  I was really happy though with the stuff I got from land…  Hope you enjoy..

This was one of the only shots I got from the water that was worth keeping...

This shot currently has more than 10K in views on

You can see more from this day on my Surfline Local Pro profile.  







[email protected] ( Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:54:00 GMT
Radio Silence ..... Is over! I wanted to first start off this post by apologizing.  I have not been as active on my site in the past month as I would have liked.  I am hoping to change all that going forward…

As some of you know, I recently upgrade my setup.  I am now shooting with a Canon 5D Mk3.  I am still shooting with the same fisheye (Canon 8-15 f/4 L Fisheye).  I also had to upgrade my housing.  With that, I had a custom black SPL created.  




























With the new setup in hand, I have actually been getting out on a regular basis shooting the June Gloom waves and lack of sunsets.  Here are some of the images that I have taken thus far with the new setup.  We have a good swell coming through on the holiday weekend, so look for more and more new shots…









































And Yes....I still have the Flash going....






















There will be lots of shooting this 4th of July weekend so look for new shots soon...


[email protected] ( Canon 5d Mk3 Empty Flash Night SPL Wave Waves Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:38:24 GMT
Fun with the 50mm First things first… I am very sorry that I have not been posting nearly as much as I use to. 

I recently switched jobs and am in a completely new industry.  So trying to learn everything that goes with that has been very time consuming… However now that I am getting a grasp on that, it is freeing up some of my time..

As far as photography related activities…I am still working on my “Art” of Surfing project and will have some announcements about that soon.  Other than that, I have getting out as much as I can, trying to shoot different things with different people and different lens and different situations.  

I got a Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens a few months back to use for portraits but I have also been using it quite a bit with from the water, and am loving the results.. Here are some of my more recent shots using that lens over the last couple of weeks…

Hope you enjoy!


[email protected] ( 50mm Calrsbad La Jolla Paddle Board SPL sunset water photography Mon, 05 May 2014 17:24:31 GMT
The "Art" of Surfing A lot of you who frequent my site and various social media outlets, know how busy my life has gotten in recent years.  A toddler who is growing every day.  A wife who I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with, do to both our busy schedules.  Two wonderful Aussie Shepard’s that don’t go for enough walks.   A full time project management career.  And last but not least, surf and portrait photography that act as a hobby and side business. 


During the time that I have been shooting surf, I have had the opportunity to meet many fantastic and talented people from all over the world.  Surfers, videographers, photographers, sponsors, artists and the list goes on and on.  When talking to these people there is always one thing that is constant.  They all have love for the ocean and the surf culture. 


While I was on the North Shore of Oahu last winter, I was talking with a few people and I started thinking to myself how much I love hearing about how the surf culture inspires people.  That is when I started to think about how I could do a photography project with that premise in mind.  I asked myself how people convey their love of the ocean and surf. The answer was simple.   Art! 


It was then I started to think about how people perceive surf related art.  What most people consider surf related art is in photographs.  While that is right up my alley, I wanted to think a little more outside of the box.  Carvers, painters, shapers.  Thus, ‘The “Art” of Surfing’ project was born. 


I wanted to bring more awareness to fantastic surf inspired artist.  While I am particularly grateful to the artists that have agreed to be part of my project, I wanted people to think about other arts besides photography with this project.  I have been conducting various “behind the scenes” type shoots with each of the artist.  At the end of all the shoots, I would like to do a couple of showings (one is San Diego and one in Orange County) where the artists will have their piece on display as well as showing some of our favorite shots from the sessions.  That is where you come in…


As of today, I have launched a KickStarter page to help us out with some of the funds needed to do these shows.  Take a look at the link below to read more about who the artists are, more background about the project and some rewards for helping us out.

On behalf of all the artists that are participating in the project and myself included of course, thanks for taking the time to read this, much longer than normal, blog post and consideration for helping out with the showings. 


Here are a few shots that were taken during the first few shoots… 

[email protected] ( Art Surf The Art of Surfing portraits Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:10 GMT
Newish shots Surprise surprise, I have been lagging on getting shots posted on my site.  The last time I updated my "Recents" gallery was right after I got back from Oahu.  More than 2 months ago..  

While I have a huge backlog of shots to share you all, here are some from the past good swell that hit La Jolla a couple of weeks ago.  These are the ones that didn't make the final cut for the website...

To see what did make my site... Check out

More shots coming....

[email protected] ( Blacks La Jolla Surf Windansea wave Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:52:04 GMT
Zoe McDougall As frequent followers of my work remember, I took a trip to the North Shore of Oahu last month. 

Since it was my first time there, I got the chance to do a lot of different type of shooting.  Pipe Masters, Shooting with the turtles, playing in the shore break of Waimea bay. 

One of the other cool things I got to do was shoot with local up and comer named Zoe McDougall. 

I first learned about Zoe on my walk down to Lowers during the 2012 USA championships.  I started to have a conversation with a nice lady talking about her beautiful niece who is from the north shore and is the youngest person in the contest.  Zoe McDougall.

So I made sure to keep an eye on her in the U12 finals.  While Zoe wasn't able to catch a lot of good waves in that heat, the ones she did, you could see the talent was there.

After the comp was over I emailed Zoe's mother, Joy, letting her know who I was and also sending her the shots I took while at the contest.  Since then I have kept in touch with Joy and shooting with Zoe any time she is in the SoCal area.

When it was time for me to look at booking my trip out to the North Shore, I contacted Joy and let her know I was planning my trip. 

Upon arriving in Oahu, I was finally able to meet the family that I had talked with so much over the years. 

While I was there, I got to shoot with Zoe a couple of times.  Once at the famed North Shore break known as Gas Chambers.  The 2nd time was at Zoe's home break of Sunset Beach.  It was great to see just how much better she had gotten in the year since I had last watched her surf.

It was also really cool to see how she surfed in her own element.  The previous sessions I had watched her were in the not so big summer waves at Lowers.  The day I saw her surf sunset, was at least overhead and some sets were double.

Here are some of the shots I was able to get with Zoe during my trip.  You can see more from our sessions including some of my first shots with her in her gallery on my site.  You can also visit her site

Checking the sets and getting ready..

Pre-sunrise surfing at Gas Chambers..

Thought this was a fun little sequence...

A nice little hack...

Making the drop at Sunset Beach

Not many people Zoe's age would want anything to do with the size of waves she was in on this day...

It is all about scale...  

I can't wait to get the opportunity to shoot with Zoe again either in SoCal or on the North Shore where she is very comfortable riding small and big waves alike.  

[email protected] ( North Shore Oahu Surfing Zoe McDougall Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:10:59 GMT
Camra Overdrive With the great waves that Southern California was rewarded with to start the new year, my camera was put into over drive.  I was shooting every day sometimes for up to four hours at a time…  Different locations, and different types of shoots were the theme (and will be a theme throughout this year).  I got to meet up with a few buddies to shoot, and even shoot all by my lonesome on a couple occasions.  And with how big water photography is right now, you know how rare that can be. 

Let start first in North County.  Here are some shots that were taken last week in North County San Diego…

More from this day can be found at

Hope you enjoy...

[email protected] ( North County San Diego Surf water photography Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:51:26 GMT
Naming Contest Don't forget...Tomorrow night (Thursday 12.19) is the end to my current naming contest.

The winner will recieve the following:

  1. A FREE 8x10 of the image
  2. A FREE 2014 SurfingEye Desk Calendar
  3. Naming credit on my website for the image (ex. Named By: Jon Doe)


  1. All name submissions must be in by midnight of 12.19.
  2. Names must be three (3) words or less
  3. Names must be clean in nature

Be creatative and fun.  

[email protected] ( Naming Contest Prizes SurfingEye Images Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:07:29 GMT
Tails from the North Shore As a lot of you know…I was in O’ahu for about five days.  I have been back just about a week and can already say, I can’t wait to go back. 

Forget the fact that it was December and the air temp while I was there was between 78 – 85 degrees.  Also forget the fact that it was the first time ALL YEAR that I was able to go in the ocean in just board shorts (Water temp was around 79 degrees).  

I spent all five days on the North Shore of O’ahu.  It was my first time being there, but I assure you it will not be my last.  The beauty that this part of the island has, is un-parallel. 

Just being able to experience things like, sea turtles brushing past my leg as they swim by, walking up to a beach only to see Clark Little (one of my favorite photographers) getting in, witnessing my first (and probably the most epic) Pipe Masters, and also (and still cool and humbling at the same time) walking into the water at Waimea Bay to shoot, only to be asked “Are you Hons24? (My Instagram handle).  It was in a word…Awesome!!


Anywho, I will stop babbling and get to why you clicked on this.  Here are just some of the shots that didn't make my gallery…  

2012 ASP Title holder Joel Parkinson out for a morning ride at Pipe

To see the ones that did make it...You can click on:

Hope you enjoyed!


[email protected] ( Landscape North Shore O'ahu Surf Surfingeye water photography Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:36:02 GMT
Holiday Package deal For Cyber Monday, I wanted to announce my 2014 Holiday package.

Get a 2014 SurfingEye Wall calendar (with or without boarder) and receive a free 8x10 print.

Simply go to

Choose the package you want...

Select the calendar you would like...

Then select the picture you would like in an 8x10 and check out...


I have included some never released images.  However, if you have seen a picture that I have previously posted on social media that is not in this gallery, simply let me know and I can have it added.


Hope you can take advantage of this great deal..

Here are some of the images that are within this gallery for your choice for an 8x10..

[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images calendar holiday print promotion Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:28:14 GMT
Updates to Calendar buying Since my “re-release” of my calendars, I have gotten some feedback on the ordering process.  I wanted to let everyone know that I have worked to simplify it.

Now, when you go into each gallery for the calendar you want, you will find one image.  It contains the cover of each calendar and the images that are contained within each calendar. 

The La Jolla Calendar

Waves of SoCal Calendar

The Sun Calendar

On the right side you can see the options you have for buying..

Wall (No boarder) - $19.95

Desk Calendar - $10.00

Wall (Black boarder) - $19.95

*Prices exclude shipping


Select one of those options and continue with the buying process.

Sorry for any difficulties from before…Have a great Thanksgiving week ahead

[email protected] ( 2014 Calendars La Jolla SurfingEye Images water photography Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:58:51 GMT
2014 SurfingEye Calendars..Availble Now..Again!! My last blog post was to announce that my 2014 calendars were now available.  However, after having some disagreements with the new vendor that I chose on what would be provided, I went back to my previous vendor. 

That is why you have not been able to order new calendars for the last week.  With that said, I have made the updates that were needed and Calendars can now be pre-ordered directly from my site.  Calendars will ship to those who pre-order no later than 12.12.13.

They will then be available on my site until the end of January.

A couple of changes.  You can get both bordered and non-bordered calendars.  As well as the ever popular desk calendar.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  Hope to see your orders soon!!

To order yours…go to:

Here are a few of the images you will find in the various calendars that I am offering this year....





The cover this years calendar..









"Sand Man" - Available in the "Waves of SoCal" Calendar











"Golden Nuget" - Available in the "Sun" Calendar

[email protected] ( 2014 Calendar Beach La Jolla SurfingEye Images water photography Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:26:41 GMT
2014 SurfingEye Calendars - AVAILABLE NOW!! I wanted to announce that my 2014 SurfingEye Calendars are now available for order.  Calendars can be ordered directly by going to my home page ( and clicking the link on the left hand side labeled "2014 SurfingEye Calendar"

I teamed up with Tidelines to do my calendars this year, which will offer a cool new feature.

Adding the tides forecast to your calendar.  You can see the example below on what it would look like on the actual calendar. 





I will also be offering your choice of 3 different calendars this year…

1.       La Jolla Calendar

a.       This calendar consists of images taken from both land and sea around La Jolla’s great beaches.  


















2.       Wave of SoCal Calendar

a.       This calendar consists of images taken from land and water in some of the best shore-break areas that SoCal           has to offer


















3.       Sun Calendar

                a.       This calendar consists of images taken from both land and water of some of the best sunrises and sunsets that you                            can see in SoCal.


















Calendar prices for this year are:

1 –          $18.95

2- 9 -      $17.95

10 + -     $15.95

** Plus shipping

Hope you enjoy this year’s new options and look forward to seeing your order soon….

**NOTE** When placing your order, please make sure to select 2014 as your calendar year.  It is defaulted to 2013.

[email protected] ( 2014 Calendar La Jolla SurfingEye Images Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:32:58 GMT
Local Pro?.... Surfline thinks so... A few months ago I was received an email from a nice and helpful lady at Surfline..

The email was very complimentary and talked about how they were revamping the way they showed photos on their site.  They were introducing a new “Local Pros” section.  They were looking for photographers that shot their local breaks, regardless if it was waves, lifestyle, surf, etc.  I was stoked to be asked.  Since then, and as with all my other sites though, I have been terrible about uploading shots there, and even doing any advertising of it.  However, I made a point to get some galleries uploaded over the weekend.

I am going to start posting sessions here.  High Res image downloads are for sale here for a very reasonable rate.  I will begin posting my sessions here going forward.

Take a min and check it out.  If you are a Surfline user as well, don’t be afraid to follow me there…..


Click the logo to go to my profile....



















Hope you all enjoy....  Look for my next post about my trip to the Wedge from this past weekend.


[email protected] ( La Jolla Local Pros Ronald Hons SurfingEye Images Surfline Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:21:07 GMT
New ish Shots... I have been absolutely terrible about getting new shots on my website lately.  Going through some of my galleries I noticed that I needed to get some of my latest shots up and purge some of my older shots.  With that said, I will be releasing new shot this week…  Here are some of the shots that have been collecting dust in my “To Publish” folder…  You can see more of these in my Recent from SoCal folder.  Hope you enjoy!


































































[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images empty wave sunset water photography Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:32:10 GMT
Great Northwest Recently my family and I took a nice little (and much needed) vacation to the great northwest of the US.  Specifically to Portland Or, and Seattle Wa.  

We made a few stops along the way and did a lot of touristy type stuff, but it was a lot of fun and it was actually the first time my son was on both a plane and a boat.  Here are some of the shots that I took on this trip..

The good old iphone shot of the wing... A little 30 min drive outside of Portland and you will find Multnomah Falls. Worth the drive..









The good old iPhone shot from the plane...














A little 30 min drive outside of Portland and you will find Multnomah Falls.  Worth the drive..












It might look the same, but the one on the left, high shutter, the one on the right a lower shutter to create the blur of the falls..















Wider angle of this fantastic place..















Another little stream I found on my way back from the falls












Seriously, what else are you going to eat in Portland... 

Best maple bacon donut EVER!!














The road less traveled is usually really beautiful...














Canon Beach in Or.  Even in the fog it is really something to see...













If you were a kid in the 80's, you might know what movie this is from...














Very East Coast look...













This was just a random road I saw on the way back from Canon Beach...














Above is a little iPhone panorama that I did on our last day in Portland while eating b'fast with my family...if you look to the left, you can see my wife holding my son doing the same thing...







On our way to Seattle, we decided to swing by Mount St. Helens.  Only problem is it was completely fogged in and couldn't see anything...











One of the visitors centers on the way back to the freeway had some really cool looking hiking trails..











Here is another view from that same trail above...














Probably the 2nd most touristy thing we did....I will get to the first..


















Our first day in Seattle, the family decided to take a little boat ride around the harbor...It offered some nice views..












The Seattle Skyline.... Not bad..














Want to see some fish being tossed around..Go Here..














Inside Pikes Place Framers market













One of the most touristy things....The first Starbucks.  And what do you know..they actually make good tasting coffee in this one..





























A view of downtown Seattle from atop the Space Needle...












The number 1 most touristy thing we did... We actually found this by mistake after my wife's Apple Maps got us lost...















Space Needle by night.. And full moon..














Right next to the Space Needle is the Pacific Science Center.  We spent our last day here, and it was by far the most fun my son had on the trip...












The customers are long gone but the place is still really cool...













Playing on the waterfront..













Here is another view of the water front.  You can see Centry Link field in the background...










I hope you enjoyed... If you would like to purchase any of the shots for prints simply let me know in the comments or with an email...



[email protected] ( Oragon Portland Seattle Trip Vacation Washington Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:08:15 GMT
Worth it As many of you who follow my work know, I have been making my trips to Newport’s famed shore break wave (The Wedge) a more frequent occurrence the closer my trip to the North Shore gets.  Each and every time however that I have gone up in the past couple of months, the waves have been good, but there is never really good light.

My last trip however, I was rewarded.  It was as if the surf gods said… “Since you have been so committed to come all this way…we will give something back..”

What I got back was about an hour window of one of the best sunrises I have seen in a long time.  Here are those shots from one of my favorite sessions in a long time…






In the water by 6 am when the sun is supposed to come up at 6:20













My rig tends to get a little off angle in waves that are as heavy as this...


















A little two shot sequence (above)







I really liked everything about this one..












Looking north before sunrise..













Another monster as the sun is coming up.. If you look, you can see famed Wave photographer Robbie Crawford getting the shot too.











Deep in it..













Walling up and frothing over..













I say it a lot...First light is the Best light!













Here is another monster about to break













One of the things I dislike about the flash is the motion you get...More so when you don't want it..It might be user error, but this a journey, so I will look to figure it out..












I love my hobby...












This is one of the images that I think best illustrates how awesome the sunrise was on this day..













Turned off the flash...If you look where the wave is breaking, you can see Stan Moniz about to get the shot











A very narrow barrel on this wave...














Looking north again...after the sun was out...












I just liked this one...














Surrounding the sun....













I turned the flash back on for a couple of other waves...I called this one the "Confetti Barrel"











After getting out of the water I remember thinking I couldn't wait to see this wave...This was the last click of what SHOULD have been and epic sequence...






Hope you enjoyed these shots...While I feel some are good, I have saved the best from this shoot to be released later...  I will put out another post once those are out on my site..








[email protected] ( SPL Sunrise SurfingEye Images Wedge Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:59:52 GMT
Mistakes were limited.... As I said in my previous blog this week, I would post some of the good ones that came out from my session in the water this past weekend…

If you remember back to my last post and how I categorize my shots, these are examples of shots that would fall into the my “IG” and “FB” folders.  Nothing for the “A” folder here… 







No sun problem...























Lots of sand in this wave...













More June gloom in Aug.












The next frame is the really good one..














Wider than expected...













This guy had some size to him...












This one I did really like...and may end up in the A folder..














Trapped on the inside..













I would have liked this much more if not for the water spots..












Gloomy Glass














The 2nd to last wave I shot...












Another that might end up in the A folder..The next frame was not only the last click of the day...but my favorite shot of the day...






Hope you enjoyed...



[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images gloomy water photography waves Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:28:36 GMT
Mistakes were made... I take pride in trying to produce quality images that look like there is nothing out of place…

However, there are TONS of images that usually never make it off my camera that are in sharp contrast to this. 

I have a three stage process for going through my images after a session…

Step One:

When I get out of the water, I open my housing and start going through all the pictures that I have taken..  Anything that I see that I see that I don’t like…I will simply delete right there…

Step Two:

Once I have all the of the known crappy shots off my memory card, I will upload the rest to my computer and import into Lightroom 5.  From there I will go through all my shots again.  If I see any that have a lot of water spots, the color is crap, my focusing missed…I will then delete as well. 

Step Three:

Lastly, I will edit the rest.  I have three different categories that I will actually export to after editing.  First is my “A” shots.  These are the 5 star, what I consider my best from each session.  Next is my “IG” shots.  This is the next rung of good shots.  I consider them to be good shots, but nothing really special about them to bump them up into the “A” folder. The last folder is the “FB” or Facebook folder.  These are shots that, like my IG folder, are good…almost A quality, but just didn’t make my cut.

As you can see, I have an extensive little process after a shoot.  I like to let you behind the current of what I do sometimes…  With that, I would also like to show you some of the shots that are usually weeded out in my editing phase…






Water spots and so much blur...













Tucking under just a slight sec to early













Same as above, however there is something about this one that I still like.














I think you can see why this one would be deleted...












A shot right down the pipe of young photog, Clayton Burns...but to many spots for me to deal with.












My angle was a little off on this one as well as the water blur.














Another with my angle being off...















Water spots...going under too name it...












Got my camera around a little to quickly...








This a look at what gets deleted....later this week, will be a look at some of what I considered were a few of the best from this shoot..

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:43:04 GMT
Wave Starved.... The lack of waves in La Jolla, San Diego and really all over SoCal is ridiculous.  We are going on three weeks now without anything…  And when I say anything… I mean it.  I will normally use Surfline to keep up to date on swell forecasts and for the last three weeks, at my normal and favorite spots, the forecast has been calling for poor to very poor conditions and waves not being more than 1-2 ft. 


In my relatively short time of shooting surf, I have not seen a dry period like this… 


Even with the horrible conditions, I was so starved for some water therapy, that I decided to hop in.


While the waves were still nonexistent, the water clarity was insane.  Here are some shots I took from the water as well as some after sunset..

Little Glassy Barrel to start my night off.

Almost got a really good one here..

Again...super glassy

I don't like shooting behind the waves to much, but when you have water clarity like is hard not to

Looking up from the depths..

Another from behind..

It is not HI clear...but it will do...

Sunset lines...

Peaceful...isn't it!

My home away from home...

Steps I have used 100's of times...

The last click of the night....Took 5 mins


Hope you enjoyed a look at my Friday night.  Look for some new shots with some beautiful San Diego models coming soon.

[email protected] ( La Jolla Long Exposure Night Sunset water photography Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:50:13 GMT
Back in the Water As you know, I had to spend almost 2 weeks out of the water with my head injury.


My first trip back to the water…I decided to up to Newport for my early morning wave hunting.  I am always hunting for that awesome sun rise that you can at the Wedge.  While I didn’t get what I was hoping for from the sky, the waves were still really good.  Here are some of the shots from that session… So glad to be back in the water!







First wave of the morning













Linking up with my buddy Shaun












More motion with the flash














Another link up..

























I remember telling my buddy that this could be one of my favorite shots EVER...while it didn't live up to that billing...I do still like it..












My buddy Reed who made the trip with me getting the shot!


























I remember thinking that this wave was going in slow-mo....

Also one of my favs from this morning











Deep in a Big Cave













The overcast was so heavy on this morning...I shot flash nearly the entire morning...













A 3-4 ft day at the Wedge is unlike any other 3-4 ft day ANYWHERE else in SoCal..













Another of Reed getting the shot












Last cave of the day...








Hope you enjoyed!

Look for more from the water soon...



















[email protected] ( Newport SPL The Wedge water photography Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:56:34 GMT
A Morning with Malia While I don’t do a lot of actual surf shooting anymore, I do try to set up shoots with specific surfers whose talent precedes them.  One such surfer is the young and talented Malia Ward


Daughter of the professional tour surfer, Chris Ward, Malia seems to be a chip of the old block.  I got the chance to meet up with Malia to shoot up at Lowers recently.  Here are a few of the shots from our shoot…  






















































































































































Ending the shoot with a smile!









You can see more from our shoot in Malia's galley (

Look for more shoots with Malia soon!












[email protected] ( Lowers Malia Ward San Clemente surf Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:26:22 GMT
Limited Edition Shirts Photography has given me many opportunities to meet some great people at some great companies…


One such person is Michael at Ordean Surf.  I first got to know Michael and the guys at Ordean about 6 months ago when they asked if they could feature me in their photography section on their site.  Since then I have done a few different product shoots from them of which, some of those shots can be seen on their website ( 


One of the coolest things that I have been able to do with Ordean, is help create and design limited edition T-Shirts using one of my images.


We used the image “Liquid Steel”














I also did a little product shoot for them as well…

Model: Ryan Marshall















































Again, these are limited edition and when they are gone, they are gone…To get yours go to:

[email protected] ( Limited Edition Ordean Surf SurfingEye Images T-Shirt Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:37:09 GMT
Limited Editions What does Limited mean? 

These shots will only be around for a VERY limited time.

There will also be a VERY limited quantity of each image available.  I will only sell 5 prints of each image TOTAL.  And once the time is up or all 5 prints of an image is sold, that image will not be available for sale again for at least 1 year.

Each images will be printed on archival canvas and are stretched and wrapped around a 1.5" thick wooden frame. The sides have a mirror effect so no part of the image is sacrificed on the front and it looks great from all angles. Every print has a satin varnish to protect it against minor scratches and to provide it with UV protection.

Customers will can choose from the following sizes

16x24 - $145

20x30 - $185

24x36 - $215

Also each image will also be hand signed and numbered. 

When The Limited gallery is updated, I will announce it on my blog.  Hope you take advantage of this great opportunity.

You can see the full res images and purchase these limited edition prints here:


Blue Blanket

Taken in La Jolla CA


All Seeing Eye

Taken in La Jolla CA


Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow

Taken in Newport Beach CA




[email protected] ( Hons Limited Editions Ronald Sunset Surf SurfingEye Images Wave Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:20:43 GMT
Product Shoot for Ordean So…I have been really busy of late, shooting with various surfers, new breaks, and doing some product shoots for a great company…

That great company is Ordean Surf. 

They asked me to do a shoot for their new line of rash guards.  The first of which I chose to shoot a model that I have worked with many times in the past.  Here are some of the shots from that shoot…

If you want more information about the rash guards, or Ordean Surf, check out their website.  All their gear is Made in the USA and is top notch! 

Model: Cheyenne Rubens

Location: Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach CA




























































































[email protected] ( Chey Rubens Model Portrait beach ordean surf product shoot sunset Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:17:36 GMT
More from the Wedge As I said in my last post…Here are some of the shots that I took from land at the Wedge.


I actually liked a lot of these a little more than some of the water shots I took…Mostly because of the coloring that I got once the sun actually came out.


Hope you enjoy!
































Bobby Okvist ducking in under a little A-Frame














































































Barrels off the Jetty..












Making the drop...













The angry hand of the Wedge













A-Frames at Cylinders


























Always love the crowd shot...



























One of my favorites







































A Cylinders Mo-Hawk!







It was a fun day...  More shots can be seen in Bobby Okvists gallery.

My gear while shooting from land was my Canon 7D - Canon 70-200 f/4 (non IS) - 1.4 extender III

[email protected] ( Land Newport SurfingEye Images The Wedge Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:23:00 GMT
Flashy Wedge This past Friday night I made a commitment to myself to wake up early…  How early?  2:35am!!

Why?  Because the forecast for The Wedge was 6 – 8 ft with very little wind.  And because I don’t really like crowds in the water… So getting there early is always the best for me.

So, I got all my gear together the night before and was out the door and in my car at 3 am on Saturday morning.

When I got to Newport it was still completely dark.  But it was black on the horizon looking out at the ocean, which meant it was not overcast at that time.  Which was good news since I wanted to get a sunrise.  One thing about that walk up to The Wedge.  You can never really see the waves until you get by the life guard tower…but you sure can hear them.  This was the biggest I have ever shot at The Wedge.  Walking up in the pitch black, all you could hear is waves exploding on the shore…one after another…  I started to get that nervous excited feeling…I stayed down there just watching the sets roll in for like 20 min while also looking for the best section…

I then went back to my car and got my gear ready.  As time went on, I could see that the sun was not going to make an appearance this morning, so I decided to shoot flash.  One of my favorite things to do now..  By the time I had everything ready and was back down at the beach, it was about 5:25 when I got in the water.  The water was nice…the wind was light and offshore and the waves were BIG and glassy at time…

Getting up that early really paid off.  From the wave and confidence standpoint…this was one of my favorite sessions.  Any new wave makes me a little nervous, but The Wedge adds to that because of the sheer power that comes along with it…by far, the most powerful and turbulent wave SoCal has to offer…  Here are some of the shots that I got from this morning…Hope you enjoy..






The first click!













As seen on my Facebook Page













Still always working on timing with the flash













Flashing the curl


























The one draw back to using the flash is that you sometimes can't get all the detail you want out of the shot...But I do enjoy the motion that is captured..





































SmartCar Parking lot













Lip close up













The Green Tunnel








I will post my land shots later this week!







[email protected] ( Dawn Flash Newport SPL The Wedge water photography Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:02:08 GMT
I love my job.... I wish I could say there is a really good reason why I have not been sharing some of my past shoots….I wish I could say that…but, having a full time normal job, having a wife, an infant son, two dogs and trying to make a photography business work…Other stuff just comes up…  I hope all that are reading this understand that….


Speaking of my normal job…. People often ask if I will ever leave that to become a full time photographer…  I can say honestly, I have no plans to ever leave my job…Photography as a full time source of income is not as easy as it once was…Just ask the entire photography staff at the Chicago Sun Times… My job gives me the freedom to pursue photography…  I am fortunate to not have to rely on it as my sole source of income, and for those that do…I have ALL the respect in the world…  The reason I bring this up…is because I work for a great place, I have the freedom to come in late to the office…  From time to time, I will check the forecast and then go right to my meeting calendar…If I have no meetings, or pressing deadlines…My first meeting will be with the beach…


One such “meeting” was back in May…and boy it was worth it… Here are some of those shoots….






You know it will be a good day, when this is one of your first clicks...


























Good waves bring out the good talent...  Local Jake Halstead 








































Don't know who this was...but he ripped the entire morning...


























One of my favorites from this morning...













I am not one for defacing public property, but, I think the street name should offically be changed... Playa Del Sur(f)












How could you sit in a cubical knowing this was out there...












Another one of Jake Halstead Killing it...













The guy out the back SCORED one the best waves all morning....














[email protected] ( Jake Halstead La Jolla Ronald Hons Surf SurfingEye Images Windansea beach morning Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:20:05 GMT
Waves by night I thought I would post this here as well since some don't subscribe to my Facebook page or The Inertia Web site...

Here is a little write up I did for The Inertia website on my night wave photography


Water photography is not what it used to be. Let’s just start there.

While I have not been in the water as long as a lot of the watermen I know, I have seen a huge surge of photographers in the water during the last few years. That makes getting a unique shot, particularly of an empty wave, more and more difficult. Whether it is surf or wave photography you’re into, GoPro (and other small handheld digital cameras) are now a staple in the lineup, like it or not. And they are not going to vanish any time soon since each new version brings about further improvements in technology allowing even amateurs to have the potential to take quality water shots. I do believe that those who shoot with a DSLR still have a leg up. Yes, I am biased because I shoot DSLR. Photographers can be more creative with DSLRs since they control the camera settings – just take a look at slow shutter photos by Ray Collins and you will understand.

Another way DSLR users have an advantage is through their ability to utilize flash. In my opinion, night shooting creates some of the most unique images from the water. I only know of a handful of water photographers that use their flash in this way. In an attempt to stand out from the crowd, I recently decided to undertake night wave-shooting myself. After a couple of failed attempts initially, due to improper settings, I now believe it has produced some of my best and most memorable wave shots.

This is a taste of the shots I am getting at night…





































































Make sure to check out The Inertia's website for all things surf and lifestyle.

You can see more of these waves by night in my "Night Waves" gallery..



[email protected] ( Flash La Jolla Night SPL The Inertia Wave Photography Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:35:17 GMT
More from the Night I have been having too much fun with shooting at night, so that has been my primary shooting preference of late when I shoot from the water. 

While it a LOT of fun, it is still a learning experience every time.  If your settings are off just a little, it can make for a long editing session afterwards and looking at “What could have been”. 

In this session, my focus point was off by a hair, but it did create some really cool speed blur effects on some of the waves….

The waves were really tiny with the occasional decent size wave which actually beats me up a lot more since I am on the ground trying to get into the barrel and just thrown back to shore. 

Hope you enjoy the shots…

Gear used: Canon 7D camera body, Canon 8-15 F/4 L Fisheye, Canon Speedlight 580 exII flash, SPL waterhousings for both camera and flash.




















Deep inside this one...I didn't get my camera around fast enough...













This one will be avaliable in the Sunset Gallery













On some shots...the motion blur can look really cool...













A nice textured blanket at sunset....










I thought this little sequence was nice...








This is one of those waves, where I am on my knees trying to get the shot, and even a 1 foot wave can dump you over....












I really liked this shot...The left side is really blurry because it is under water...but on the right, you get that motion blur and great backlit coloring...











Ah, cloudy sunsets...













I have more shots where I don't have my camera angled correctly shooting with the flash then ever...












My favorite shot from this night, this was featured on SPL's instagram feed.  Shot is available in the Featured section for print












Caught a local body boarder in the waves...













Surprised by the flash....













This shot more than most you can see where I missed my focus point..








Hope you are enjoying these flash shots....  Let me know in the comments section on what you think....










[email protected] ( Flash La Jolla Night SPL water photography Tue, 28 May 2013 17:40:07 GMT
She must work out... I recently had the opportunity to do a fun little portrait shoot with the lovely Jacqueline Carrizosa.  A little background about Jackie.  She works as a Range master for a gun range in Las Vegas.  Most notably, she was a technical advisor on the set of the 2010 Sci-Fi movie Battleship.  If you check out her Facebook page, you can see her with Rihanna and others from the cast. 

We got up early to shoot together a couple of weeks ago.  It was worth it.. She was so much fun to work with and can’t wait to shoot with her again… Here are some shots from our shoot together…






























































































































[email protected] ( Jacqueline Carrizosa La Jolla model portrait Wed, 22 May 2013 16:56:03 GMT
Sunset coloring  

While most of my recent sessions have been devoted to shooting primarily with my flash from the water….I still do love shooting without it… 

For one thing, my housing becomes like 5 lbs lighter.  The other thing is when you get the good sunset at the right time, the coloring can be amazing…  Here are few shots from a couple weeks back at sunset.

Gear used:

Canon 7D body, Canon 8-15 f/4 L fisheye lens, SPL A-Series waterhousing.  No Swim fins







A thick foamy wave to start off the shoot..













A little shore goblin can always get you...

























Some waves had better coloring than others...














As stated in the previous pic.  Some had better coloring...first shot of this wave..













Last shot of the wave sequence...


























It is shots like these that make me want to shoot with a 50mm more...












I don't do it nearly enough, but shooting the wave horizontally looks cool sometimes..
















Covered in darkness













The start of something sweet...













Hello Mr. Lip....Nice to see you again..
Love the way the barrel looks at the top!


























Got to watch out for big piles of seaweed at this beach...













If this wave was a little cleaner...this shot would have been epic...












A few to many water spots...but I really liked the coloring and the crystal look of the curtain on this one...







After this waver, I got out and threw my flash on and got back in the water...Check back tomorrow for those shots....  My favorites from this night have been placed in the "Featured" section of my site...check them out...  




[email protected] ( La Jolla empty waves sunset wave Mon, 20 May 2013 17:57:44 GMT
Flashy waves  

I have been trying to get better and better with my flash in the water…my first few times out I got nothing out of it…

So, instead of testing this stuff in the water, I decided to play with my camera and flash in my backyard.  Getting my settings down before going in the water.

I wish I would have thought of this a long time ago….Here are some of the shots that came away from that very next session…



















I think the red eye at the end..














Spring coloring in La Jolla

































































Just a little to deep on this one...













Shot right after the sun went under...i do like the wave formation and the palm tress in the background...












This is what happens when your flash does not fire...It looks good as a speed blur, but would have looked better had the flash fired...

[email protected] ( Flash La Jolla San Clemente water photography Mon, 13 May 2013 18:18:48 GMT
First light....Best light  

As some of you who have followed my work for a while will know….my favorite time to shoot is sunrise.  Being in the water as the sun comes up is the best.  More so during the winter months in my opinion. 

While the mornings are colder, and so is the water, winter does keep a lot of things out of my way.  First thing it keeps out is the pesky marine layer.  There much few gloomy mornings during the winter then during the spring and summer.  The second thing it keeps out is kooks… 50 degree water is really the great equalizer for those “surf photographers” who want to bring out their shiny new GoPro’s or DSLR’s and come get in the waves… Don’t get me wrong… I am all for people following their passion and am very accepting of all types of photogs and surfers in the water… just not when you step into my zone when the sole intention of trying to get in my shot…Which happens more than you would think… 

Winter does bring one thing that is GREAT.  Epic Swells… Winter swells are some of the most powerful that will hit the SoCal shores all year….there have been more than a few times where I have finished a session and felt like I just went a round with Mike Tyson…  Anywho...enough of my rambling…here are some pics from one of my last morning sessions…. 














































Prepare for duck diving in 3...2...1..














Nothing wrong with a little over / under..













Timing and placement... Check!


























The Crystal caverns....













I love the times I can get a view of a barrel from inside the barrel...







Hope you enjoyed these...You can see the high res as well as many others from this day in my Recents from SoCal Gallery...

[email protected] ( La Jolla Morning SurfingEye Images water photography Fri, 10 May 2013 18:14:14 GMT
Canvas Wave update  

As many of you know, I have my own gallery on The Canvas Wave website.

I have added two new wave shots to that gallery….

They are:







Image name:

Alone at Night











Image name:

Liquid Steel







Go and check out the whole gallery and all the other great photographers on The Canvas Wave's website.



[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images The Canvas Wave water photography Wed, 08 May 2013 20:36:41 GMT
Cloudy La Jolla  

During the month of April, mother nature really sent some good waves to the La Jolla coast line.  While the waves were great…the sun decided not to make an appearance on any of the days of great swell. 

But sun or not…great waves brings out great talent to the SoCal coast.  And if you have a keen eye….even cloudy weather images can look really cool. 

All shots were taken with my Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f/4 L lens.  Even the shots from the water...

Here are some images from a couple of days back in April….




















On this wave...going right is going against the grain....


























Always in search...














Waiting for his time...















When shooting from this spot...Cars are always in my shots...












Gloomy weather can create some great wave coloring...















The one that got away...From EVERYONE!









































A different view from Scripps













Neptune wakes up ...













A-Frames all morning...












A local about to get completely slotted...














Couple frames later...















Yet another perfect wave going un-ridden...














Local Skip McCullough doing what he does best!














The waves look too goo for me not to hop in...














One of my favorites from these days...














Empty from the water...














Some things look better in B & W..








Hope you enjoyed....


[email protected] ( Gloomy La Jolla water photography Tue, 07 May 2013 18:04:51 GMT
Anniversary Promotion  

While I am a little late with this….The month of May marks two years now that my website has been up. 

As a token to say thank you to all the visitors and customers who have bought prints over those two years, I want to pass on a little anniversary promotion.

From now, until the end of May, use the coupon code “2yearsofSurfingEye” at checkout and receive 30% off all Canvas prints.

There is no limit to the amount you can buy, but the offer only applies to canvas prints and only lasts until the end of May…

Here are just a couple of examples that DO look great on canvas…









































Hope you can take part in this great promotion....


[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images anniversary promotion water photography Mon, 06 May 2013 15:52:17 GMT

Over the last couple of months, I have been working on getting my name out a little more and trying to get affiliated with some of the bigger surf community websites out there on the web…Well this week the first one happened….

As you may have seen on my facebook page, I have a feature running on “The Inertia” ( titled “La Jolla: The Jewel of San Diego”.  It is a compilation of shots that I have taken over the last year or so from the various great beaches that La Jolla has to offer..

If you have not done so already, head over to The Inertia and check it out.  Or simply click the link below to go right to the article.

Hope you enjoy….and stay tuned for news on big surf site that I am  going to be working with…..

[email protected] ( La Jolla SurfingEye Images The Inertia feature Fri, 03 May 2013 18:31:31 GMT
Rambles and shots…  

Along with my last post, I am going to change up my blog a little bit. 

Going forward, I am going to be a little more selective on what actually makes it to my various galleries on my site.  So the shots that don’t make it to those galleries will end up here.  So instead of simply posting a few pics from each shoot, I will post anywhere from 5 – 20 pictures that I think are good..but not gallery worthy in each of my blog posts about recent shoots.  I am going to start this new format with this post… 

A few Friday’s ago, I grabbed my camera and head to the beach to meet my brother…I jumped in the water, which was a huge mistake.  The shorebreak was really inconsistent, and the current was as strong as I have ever seen it…So I hopped out and threw on my 70-200 lens and snapped a few off…

Let me know what you think of the new format in the comments...

Hope you enjoy..



















Really the only barrel shot that I liked from this night..























































Hiding behind the curtain






























One of my favorites from this night.  The next frame is actually in my Surf Photography Gallery..












Surfer Skip McCullough lifting off at dusk






























A Hawaiian sunset in La Jolla..











[email protected] ( La Jolla Sunset Surf water photography Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:00:00 GMT
Some tweaks to the my site  

Next month will be my two year anniversary that SurfingEye Images has been open for print sales and private shoots.  It has been surprisingly successful, and always wonderful to think that people like my photos enough to have them hanging in their homes.  I will post a promotion and contest to celebrate this next month. 

With that…I am going to be removing many images from the various galleries on my site.  I am removing images that have never sold to make way for new shots.  With that said, if you did want an image that was removed, I can always call them up easily. 

I hope to have the new look site done by May 1. 

Here is an example of a few of the images that will be removed:















[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:18:56 GMT
Before the slow shutter  

As I posted last week, I did some shooting at sunset the previous week.  Some of the waves were pretty heavy, but I came away with a couple of nice ones…

























I love the light coming through the back of the wave and hitting the lip.









This was one of the bigger waves from this night...I had to ask if this kid was okay.  Such a heavy wave..







More shots will be available in my Recents gallery this week...

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL water photography Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:37:28 GMT
Sunset Slow Shutter  

From time to time, I like to play around with the slow shutter wave shots..  My favorite time to use this technique is sun rise.  Mostly because you can get some nice yellows and oranges from the sun rise. 

However, last week I was in the water at sunset and as the sun begins to dip towards the horizon, the light gets a lot lower, and the shutter has to come down to keep the same apature and focus point.. .

I got a couple that I came away from that I enjoyed.  Nothing really great.. but some fun ones…














I thought this one was kinda cool.  It is a sort of over/under type shot...










One thing I do like the with slow shutter shots is lines that little drops of water makes...











This one was my favorite.  I like the "teeth" that the lip created and that you can still see how glassy it was that night...






Hope you enjoy… Comments are always welcome...

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Slow Shutter water photography Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:29:24 GMT
Sunny morning & Clear Waters  

Last week I took the morning off and did a little wave shooting in La Jolla.  When I got to the beach, it was how it has been for a while, gloomy and overcast.  But the shore-break was good so I got in anyway… To my surprise by the time I got my camera in my housing, wetsuit on and walked down to the beach, the sun had come out.

When the sun came out, I noticed that the water was as clear as I have ever seen it in La Jolla.  I came away with a few gems (so I think).  Here are a few:









































You can see more in the Recent of SoCal gallery.  I have also put a few in the Featured gallery that you can check out…

Hope you enjoy!

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL water photography Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:16:01 GMT
Night Shoot  

Over a month ago, I decided to invest in SPL flash housing for my 580exII Canon Flash.  I wanted to start doing some night wave shooting.  I saw that as a great new challenge in my surf / wave photography.  Over the last few months, I have been getting some really good, deep barrel shots and wanted a new way to challenge myself with this type of photography. 

Since I got this back in March, I have been able to use it three times.  The first two times, were epic failures.  Both times, the waves were good and thought I could have gotten some really good stuff.  I under-estimated how difficult this photography was.  So before going out last night, I spent some time in my office trying to get my settings (both camera and flash) down before wasting my time again. 

So last night after the sun went under, I strapped on the flash housing and made my way back to into the water...While there is still a lot I can do to get better at this, I did finally come away with a few shots that I liked… Let me know what you think of these shots…feel free to shoot me a comment..















Night time Over/Under






[email protected] ( Flash Photography La Jolla Night Shoot SPL water photography Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:02:38 GMT
Slacking SurfingEye  

I have been uploading shots to a private gallery on my site to publish to everyone, and have been forgetting to actually publish them to everyone…

Well, here is the first round of new shots…Check out my “recent” folder (Galleries -> Recent).  I will be posting new shots here each day this week to catch up… Hope you enjoy!

Here are a couple that were just put there...





















[email protected] ( SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:30:00 GMT
Water Therapy  

Water photography for me, is not all about what I get from the camera, but more about what the ocean gives back to me.  I went out a couple times this past weekend (Friday night and Saturday morning respectively).  Getting in the water has been tougher and tougher of late with the new family.  Friday night (March 22) was the first time I was able to get in the water since March 3rd.  As soon as I got in though, it reenergized me, calmed me, and brought me back from all the tension and stress that can build on a person.  More proof to that point… I spent 2 hours in the water on Friday night, and didn’t keep a single shot.  Not even for Instagram.  But, I had a blast as always.

Some people go and get a message…, I will let the ocean be my therapy.

It was a sharp contrast in the 12 hours that was away from the water though.  Friday night had a great sunset without a cloud in the sky.  Saturday had no sun and clouds for days...

Here are some of the shots that I go from Saturday's session...









































The rest of the shots, and more, will be posted soon...

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL water photography Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:50:20 GMT
Updates to SurfingEye  

So I have made a couple of updates to my site that I wanted to let you all know about.

The gallery that has commonly been in the “Featured” section of my website actually has the name of “Recent from SoCal”.  This gallery is where I will normally upload all my shots from my most recent shoots in.  Commonly where surfers go to see if I caught any good ones of them, or just some of my new wave / landscape shots.  This gallery is now located under the “Galleries” section, and still called “Recent from SoCal”.  See below:

As for the “Featured” gallery.  I take many many shots while in the waves.  Some of which I have been holding back, to submit to various places, but just have never really followed through with that.  So, until the day comes when I actually have time to do that, I am going post them here.  Check out some of my previously never before seen images.  I will update this page with new shots when I feel that I have one worth posting in here. 

Here are a couple of the never released shots that are now in the Featured gallery:





















Hope you enjoy the new shots.  And as always, prints are available. 

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:34:54 GMT
Paying the bills  

As a lot of you know, while surf / wave photography is a great passion of mine... there tends to not be a lot of money involved with it.  More so when it is just a hobby.  I promised my wife a long time ago, I wouldn’t take my normal salary and pay for anything that related to surf photography. 


That’s why I also do portrait / couples shooting.  It is something that I have been working on for about a year or so now.  I have taken a few classes, read a few books and done a few sessions for free just to get the practice.  Here are a few shots from a recent couples session I did with a cute couple of Caleb and Emily.


If you are interested in scheduling a session, please see my Private shoot Info section:



































This was one of my favs from this shoot..

[email protected] ( La Jolla Portraits Sunset Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:23:16 GMT
Only one month left  

As you know, I started a new “Limited Edition” gallery on my site a couple of months ago.  This gallery is comprised of five of my most popular images.  What makes it “Limited” is that each image only has five prints available.  The image will be high quality canvas warps that are both signed and numbered for the customer.  That and these images will only be around for a three month period.  And once all five are sold or the three months is up, the images will not be available on my site for one year.


We are in our last month of this group of images.  Starting in April I will have a new crop of 5 images.  So if you really want to get one of these, place your order soon… To read more about the limited edition gallery, check out my previous post:

[email protected] ( Limited Edition SurfingEye Images The Canvas Wave Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:34:38 GMT
New Shots  

I have been terrible about getting my site updated the last few months with new shots….Time is always something I am very short on with my little guy. 

With that said, my last couple of sessions have yield some pretty epic waves.  Check out some of the new shots I just posted on my Gallery.  I have even held a couple back to use for my next limited gallery.  Here is a sneak peak at some of the new images I posted…














When shooting in the La Jolla, I normally don't need to wear fins.  With as cold as the water has been though, I normally wear 3mm dive shoes.  This wave was so strong, if I were to have kept clicking under water, you would have seen the wave suck the shoes off my feet and throw me back to shore.  This sequence cost me $30.  Well worth it!








It was such a clean day, a lot of the waves looked like glass walls.







I have another session to post later this week.  So stoked to be lucky enough to catch these waves…

Hope you enjoy!

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Winter water photography Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:01:34 GMT
Where has SurfingEye Been?  

As you might have noticed, I have not posted nearly as many shots lately and have not been keeping up with my blog…

I promise there have been good reasons for that…Over the last couple of weeks my son has been sick and so taking care of the little guy (who is much better now) has taken priority.

Not only that…but any time I have gotten in the water, the shore break has not wanted to cooperate.  So any shots I have gotten have been maybe instgram worthy, but not really great shots. 

Here are a few of the okay ones that I have taken in my recent trips to the water..

























Gloomy days do sometime produce some sick clouds











My favorite shot I have taken the last two weeks..







Check out the featured section for more recent shots…. 

[email protected] ( Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:09:38 GMT
The Canvas Wave update As I posted last week, I have been selected to have my own gallery on the popular site The Canvas (

Well, I found out that my gallery is up.  Go to: and check it out...

















Hope you go and get one of these great images on the high quality canvas wraps...

[email protected] ( Gallery SurfingEye Images The Canvas Wave water photography Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:49:26 GMT
Limited Edition Like a lot of photographers, I separate out my pics from each shoot and will occasionally hold a couple of back that I want to save to either submit to magazines, web sites, or whatever.  Well, I have finally figured out what “whatever” actually means.

Starting today, I am opening my “Limited” gallery.  This gallery will consist of some of my favorite shots, a few of which have never been seen before.. 

What does Limited mean? 

These shots will only be around for a VERY limited time (3 months).

There will also only be a limited quantity of each image available.  I will only sell 5 prints of each image TOTAL.  And once the 3 months is up or all 5 prints of an image is sold, that image will not be available for sale again for at least 1 year.

Each images will be printed on archival canvas and are stretched and wrapped around a 1.5" thick wooden frame. The sides have a mirror effect so no part of the image is sacrificed on the front and it looks great from all angles. Every print has a satin varnish to protect it against minor scratches and to provide it with UV protection.

Customers will can choose from the following sizes

16x24 - $139

20x30 - $175

24x36 - $200

Also each image will also be hand signed and numbered. 

When The Limited gallery is updated, I will announce it on my blog.  Hope you take advantage of this great opportunity.

You can see the full res images and purchase these limited edition prints here:
















Clouds on Fire










Power Lines










Ocean Eagle










Welcome to Mars










Surfers View




[email protected] ( Limited Photography Surf SurfingEye Images water photography Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:26:10 GMT
The Canvas Wave I have some very exciting news to share with my fans.  Starting in a couple of weeks, I will have my own gallery of The Canvas Wave website (

The Canvas Wave is a website that specializes in action sports photography and providing high quality prints and Canvas wraps.  A little more about their mission:

"We set our goal to provide amazing action sports photography (surf, ski, snowboard, skateboard, and bike) at affordable prices. Not just the regular photos that you find at the big retailers, but the cream of the crop that you see on the covers of magazines and in their photo annuals."  

Some of the great names that also have galleries on The Canvas Wave are couple of the best in the surf photography business in Brent Belmann, Matthew Clark and Jeremiah Klein, as well as one of the great up and comers, Follow the Light finalist Sarah Lee.  

Over the next week, I will be working on getting images selected and the gallery up.  In the meantime, go and check out their site site and all the great photographers on it.  Something I am truly humbled and honored by and can't wait until the gallery is up.  

Look for more updates on this in soon.  

In the mean time, I have not shared some of the new images I have here are a few from last weekend...  Hope you enjoy!




Playing with shutter speeds at sun up











Morning light is the best










The lines of the lip.



[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images The Canvas Wave water photography Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:01 GMT
Heavy Windansea  

As many of you know, it is no secret that my favorite place to shoot shore break in San Diego is at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.  I thought I had seen all that, that beach had to offer as far as shore break.  I was wrong! 

Let me back up first.  I woke up last Saturday morning to do more of the sunrise shooting.  I had planned to shoot with Phil Gibbs again up in North County.  However, when I got there, right before sunrise, it was flat and washed out.  Not good conditions for what I wanted to do.  So I jumped in the car and headed back to La Jolla.  When I finally got down there, I thought to myself I should have come here first. 

Once I got in, there were two things that I noticed right away…

1.       The water was as cold as I can ever remember. 

2.       It was not a normal day of waves.  They were Heavy. 

I have been shooting the shore break for a little over a year and have gotten pretty good about the position that I need to be in for the shot I want without taking too much of a beating.  On Saturday though…I was got tossed like a doll more than I ever have.  It felt more like a Wedge wave rather than Windansea.  I spent 3 hours in the water getting shots and later that afternoon feeling like I went a couple of rounds with Tyson.  It is all in good fun though.  When you go back and look at the camera, you can’t help at thinking, I can’t wait to get back in…





On my way back to La Jolla, I had to stop at Swami's to snap this with my iPhone..





















You can see how much power was in the waves.  The brown part at the bottom of the wave is the sand being sucked up from the ocean floor.  








There were a couple of clear glassy ones too...










One of my last waves had a nice backwash flare coming off the lip...







You can see more in the featured section on my website from last weekend as well as the previous weekend.

Hope you enjoy!

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images beach water photography Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:24:39 GMT
New Year, new spots... With the start of 2013, I made a couple of resolutions to myself regarding my photography.

The first one is to submit more of my work to surf website and magazines. 

And the second is to shoot in different locations much more.  That means both in and out of the water. With a trip to the North Shore already planned for early next winter, I want to get out of my comfort zone and start shooting in more locations than just Windansea Beach.

While there is nothing wrong with Windansea, it has been spectacular and I will continue to shoot there, I feel that need to get out more.  So when my buddy Phil Gibbs (of Phil Gibbs Photography) suggested that we go up north to Carlsbad to do some wave shooting, I jumped at the chance…

The water was cold but the shore break was really good too…Here are a few from New Years day…














Phil Gibbs waiting for the next set




















One of the last waves I shot...had a really nice little flare on the lip..







More of these shots will be in the featured section of my site...Hope you enjoy!

[email protected] ( Carlsbad SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:07:11 GMT
So many new shots!  

I have not had a blog post in the recent days for a few reasons….

The first of which is I took my new son to see his grandparents and other family members in AZ, which was a great time..

The Second reason is I have just been shooting like a mad man… With their being so many good waves to shoot as of late, I have been trying to get out whenever possible.  With that said, I have a lot of new shots coming…each day this week will be a new blog post.  Since there are so many that I like, I don’t want to overwhelm you all with a lot all at once…

Here is a sample of some of my shots from late last week…







The colors you get at sunrise are unmatched!









The sunsets at the end of the year were simply EPIC!










Surfer Tristan Sullaway about to make a huge hack











Surfer Fano Rakigjija in the middle of some really good lighting...





More of these types of shots can currently be seen in at  

I hope you go and check them out.  I was really happy with how a lot of these turned out...Much Much more to come in the coming days...

And again...Have a happy and safe New Year!



[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Sunset SurfingEye Images water photography Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:48:53 GMT
Morning in La Jolla I finally got one of those mornings that I have been waiting for on Monday...

One of those mornings that is worth getting up at 5:45 am for.  One of those mornings that I have been hoping for ALL WINTER LONG (or since I got my gear replaced).  Normally  I will go on about the things that I do leading up to shooting ... but ... I am going to just sit back and let you enjoy the shots..































You can see more from Monday morning at:

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:30:00 GMT
Sold OUT of Promos The response to the two promotions that I was running was so great that I am now sold out the promotional items that I was running...

  • 16x20 canvas print for $75
  • 1 Calendar and matted 8x10 for $18

I want to thank everyone who purchased one of these promotions.

I still have calendars (both wall and desk) in stock and ready to ship.  

There will be a new promotion coming next be on the look out..  

Thanks for all the continued support

[email protected] ( Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:17:03 GMT
New Lens Test  

In my short time shooting from the water, one thing I have learned is that sun rise lighting is some of the best lighting that you can get…  Not only that, but sun rise lighting in the winter is exceptionally good.  You see…you “normally” don’t have to worry about that pesky marine layer that blankets SoCal in the summer, and people are not at the beach because it is only in the high 40’s at sun rise…

So, since I got my gear replaced, I have been waking up consistently on any morning that I can to go and catch the sun rise from the water.  And these are even mornings that my 2 month old son doesn’t wake me up… Most mornings in these mornings I walk out the door only to be met with the thickest fog that could cover San Diego… When I see that, I simply go right back to my bed, frustrated…

However, this weekend and yesterday I just said F*** it!  I had a new lens I needed to test (Canon 8-15 f/4 L Fisheye) so I had to get in the water..  Below are a couple of shots with the new lens, on yet another gray morning…





















I will say that I am very happy with the detail I am getting from this lens...






To see more of the new shots from this gray morning.... Go to  I have also turned a few of them black and white....  To view those, which I think look really good go to my Blank and White gallery

Hope you enjoy~

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL water photography Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:56:32 GMT
16x20 Canvas Promo  

Just in time for the Holidays, I wanted to throw out a great promo for my loyal fans….

Starting today……You can get a 16x20 Canvas wrap print for only $75 + Shipping.  That is $150 off of my normal price! 

The only catch…I can only offer this to the first FIVE (5) people who email me at [email protected]

You can choose from any image on my site.  Here are a couple of the most popular images that have been recently purchased from my site. 































We are also still offering our 2013 Calendar promotion as well.  You can get more info on that promotion here: (

Hope you enjoy and take advantage of these great offers..

[email protected] ( Promo SurfingEye Images water photography Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:43:06 GMT
Time to Test  

With the new addition to the Hons household, and working with insurance to get my gear replaced, time for photography has not been there..

However, with life getting back to what I will call a “New Normal”, I have been able to get back out from time to time…  In the last couple of weeks I have been able to get back out to doing what I love.  So getting back out there and will all new gear, I need to test it all out…

My new gear consists of:

  • Canon 7D w/ Battery Grip
  • Sigma 15mm Fisheye
  • Canon 24-105 f/4 L
  • Canon 70-200 f/4 L
  • Canon 400mm f/5.6 L
  • SPL 7D housing with dome port
  • SPL 70-200 port




Shot with Canon 7D w/ Sigma 15mm fisheye in SPL housing w/ dome port










Shot with Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6










Last week some of the sunset shorebreak was epic!







More of my recent shots can be seen HERE



[email protected] ( Canon La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:19:23 GMT
Calendar Promo  

With the holidays fast approaching, SurfingEye Images is launching a new holiday package that would be great for that surf and ocean lover in your family.

Starting today (while supplies last) we are running a new promo.

You will get a Matted 8x10 image (select images) and a 2013 SurfingEye Images for just $18.00 (+ tax and shipping).

Simply go to:

Select the image you want as your matted 8x10, And proceed to check out.  That't IT!


Here are a few of the images that you can get matted....































Have a great and safe holiday season from all of us at SurfingEye Images

[email protected] ( Calendar Promo SurfingEye Images Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:35:55 GMT
And....We are back...kinda!  

Well hello there.  Long time no see… As some of you may or may not know, I have had a pretty eventful couple of weeks.

On 10.03.12 my wonderful wife gave birth to our first child, a son, Aiden Scott.  He was born healthy and has been (to this point) a very good new born.  Really only crying for the big 3 reasons.  Sleep, Eat, Poop.  Below are some pictures that I have taken so far with my iPhone 4.

Why am I only taking pictures with my iPhone thus far.  Also as some may or may not know, on that same night that my son was born, someone broke into my home and stole ALL my camera equipment.  The only items that were left were my flash stands, flash umbrellas and a soft box.  Since then, I have been dealing with my insurance company which is slowly coming to an end.  I hope to be back out in the water in Nov.  Until then, I will post some older shots to my FB page.

I do also want to thank all the well wishes from everyone on the birth of Aiden, and I am sure you will see many more pics of him soon.






Trying to make the same face as my boy!












Such a happy baby!













My little Monster..







[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images baby cute son Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:58:15 GMT
Hanging it up I am hanging up my waterhousing.... 

I am not giving up photography or anything like that =).  But, for some of you that are frequent visitors to my blog, Facebook Page or Instagram Feed, may know that my wife is now as of Monday (09.17.2012) 39 weeks pregnant with our first son, Aiden Scott.  I promised  her a couple of thing where my photography is concerned.  When she reached 34 weeks, I stopped leaving San Diego County.  When she reached 37 weeks, I stopped paddling out into the line up...and now, that she is so close... photography has to take a back seat.  So this past weekend I did one last cram session....Waves were not great...but I made the most of what I had...

So, here are what could be some of the last surf / beach pics I take for a while....You can see the rest of what I got last weekend at

The next time I pick up my camera, it will be to take my first picture of my new son...

Hope you enjoy... And see you again soon...








































[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images water photography Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:32:40 GMT
In the Water I have been very fortunate in my first couple of years of surf photography to make friends with not only good people, but some other talented photographers.  Some of them in fact have been kind enough to send me some shots they have taken of me... So I thought I would share those pics as well as giving a little love to them and their websites / Facebook pages.

Thanks GUYS!!




Image provided by Aaron Goulding.  See more of his work at Jag media Productions










Image provided by Jordan Anast.  See his work at








Image provided by Laurent Chantegros.  See his work at










Image provided by Jared Sislin.  See more of his work at Jared Sislin Photography


[email protected] ( Ronald Hons SPL SurfingEye Images beach water photography Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:29:40 GMT
2013 Calendar It is ready!  I have finally narrowed down the images that I am going to use for the 2013 calendar and ordered my first batch from my supplier.    

The calendar consists of 13 different images taken from the water in and around La Jolla. This years calendar highlights my first year of water photography.  

Calendars are available for pre-order now.  

Simply go to:

You can order either a Wall calendar for $18 (plus tax and shipping) or a desk calendar for $13 (plus tax and shipping).

Here are a few of the images that are going to be used for this years calendar...Hope to see your orders soon...
































**NOTE** I was originally going to have 15 month calendar (which some may have seen with my previous blog post), however my supplier couldn't accommodate me with this.  So it will be a standard 12 month calendar, with the first month being Jan '13.




[email protected] ( 2013 Calendar Calendar SurfingEye Images Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:05:32 GMT
iPhone Cases One of the best things about being a photographer is being able to share something that you have captured.  It makes all the work and money you spent leading up to that picture worth it.  

When someone actually wants to buy a print to hang it in their home so that they can look at it over and over again... Is such a great feeling as well.  But, when someone likes your pictures so much that they want to take it with them everywhere, every day...  Now that is just AWESOME!

A while ago, I released the ability to have my images put on iPhone and iPad cases.  The response has been great, and a few of the people who have purchased them have been kind enough to send me pictures of their cases...




Thanks Tom!














Thanks Brooke!















Thanks Jesse!  This one looks SICK!!









Here is one of the emails I received from someone who bought a case as well.

From Ashley:

"I have received it and LOVE it. I just started a new job as a high school teacher and having the ocean in my pocket is really calming... Furthermore, the case is durable, and the image quality is awesome. I've been a fan of your work for some time. You have a unique and remarkable gift. Keep it up, and rest assured I'm telling everyone where I got this case!"

I love getting emails like this...

I have created a gallery of images I think would look VERY cool on various iPhone and iPad cases.  You can check them out at: 

However, any image can be purchased for one of these cases.  

If you ever have any questions regarding these, you can always shoot me an email at: [email protected]




[email protected] ( Case Surf Photography SurfingEye Images iPad iPhone Thu, 06 Sep 2012 18:32:03 GMT
End of the Summer  

Last weekend was the last of the summer of 2012.  And Mother Nature decided to send us out with a BANG!

A big South Swell hit southern California for labor day weekend and brought out nothing but great waves and sunshine with it.  While Orange County got pounded (Newport was hitting at 20 – 25 ft) San Diego still got a lot of good waves too.  I got out and did some wave and actual land shooting… 

Here are some of what I got from this weekend:




















The lens missed about three more feet of wave above this body surfer.







































La Jolla going off!








Now...bring on the fall and winter swells...See more from this weekend at

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images beach surf photography water photography Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:21:15 GMT
Know your break  

While I have all the surf forecast apps on my iPhone and watch them closely when I know I am going to go to the beach…when shooting shore break, you can really never rely on that…

A lot of the good clear barrel shots that I have taken have been on days where the surf has not been that great...

Take Sunday night for instance…the surf was forecasted for 1-2 ft, but on shore, you had some that were breaking overhead.  Also, the more you know about your favorite shore break spots, the better you can predict regardless of the forecasters say.  Here are a few from last weekend where, as I said above, the forecast was 1-2ft with poor conditions.  Hope you enjoy!








































See the rest at

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Sunset SurfingEye Images beach water photography Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:48:03 GMT
The sun is calling  

Last week I made a point to shoot more in the later points of the day.  The tide was high (which is good for my shore break) and La Jolla decided that it had enough of the marine layer, and gave SoCal some great sunsets...

While you can do the normal sunset on the horizon type shot, which I do.. I have chosen to try a few, little more unique type shots…

What do you think?






I was laying on some rocks for this shot and the power of the water coming at me actually made me cut my back and foot all up..











This one was a couple of shots before the one above, so you can see what kind of power there was..












Not all "sunset" type shots have to have a sunset in it..













A lone surfer going out for one last ride before the sun goes under.













Light and water go together like peanut butter and jelly!








Hope you enjoy.  You can see more sunset's and wave shots from last week at:

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL Sunset SurfingEye Images beach water photography Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:09:29 GMT
Lighting is everything!  

Over the last couple of weeks, life has taken over and not allowed me to get to the beach.  Portrait shoots, actual work, sickness, and getting ready for my son’s arrival has taken a lot of my time. 

With that said though, I was finally able to get to the beach this weekend and was rewarded.  The waves were decent (compared to what I have seen them at before) and the overcast skies that are normally over La Jolla were nonexistent.  People often ask me how I get the color I do on some of my waves shots.  And while I do play with some of the color levels in Lightroom, 95% of it is all about the times at which I shoot.  Take last night for instance.

I knew all day on Saturday that I was going to go and shoot on Sunday.  I decided to wait until sunset and go shoot.  And I am really glad I did.  There really was not a cloud on the western horizon and it gave the waves some GREAT coloring.  I took some of what I think are my favorite shots thus far. 

Let me know what you think in the comments…








































The rest of the shots I took this weekend can be seen at  Take a look and hope you enjoy!

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL beach water photography Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:48:04 GMT
Under the Sea  

While I have not been able to get out and shoot all that much the last couple of weeks…when I do, I have been working very hard on the underwater wave shots.

This is a very cool, mostly unseen perspective that 99% of people never see.  While I have spent a few weeks on trying to capture these underwater waves, I have found that this is EXSTREAMLY HARD to do.  You have to have nice clear skies, the right light and more importantly, good clear water, which is very difficult to find in SoCal sometimes… That being said…I remember saying the same thing to myself when I first start shooting empty waves from in the water.  Not only that, but when you get that ONE picture that everything comes together…the weeks and thousands of shots you had to take to get that one all fade away…

Here are a few that I would label “OK” as I delve into this.  Hope you enjoy!



















This is probably my favorite shot from under the water, however the stupid sea grass wanted to get right in the way...

























I do like trying to get the "Half and Half" too...

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images Underwater beach water photography Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:14:27 GMT
The pain of water photography  

Last week was a very good week.  I was able to get in the water three times.  All three days the waves were good.  All three days the sun was out…and all three days I came away with hundreds of shots.

This is not to say though that each day was perfect though.  Since summer has finally hit La Jolla, and the water temp has been very tolerable (mid to upper 60’s), I have been going out in board shorts and 1.5mm top.  It has been fine except on Thursday and Saturday when I was out. 

Let’s start on Thursday.  I did some water portraits and when I was done, I decided to just stay and get some waves as well.  With about an hour to go, I started feeling a lot of stinging and tingling up and down my exposed legs…I thought it was just irritation from some seaweed that got wrapped around me, but after showing them to the life guard, it turns out they were jellyfish stings…So I had that going for me…  I had to deal with that until about 9:30 that night…. 

When I went out on Saturday towards the end of my time in the water, I was trying to do some under water stuff and was not watching what I was doing…I ended up getting thrown by a wave…which is not out of the norm…however, when I landed, I landed right on my knee.  Also not a big deal, but it was at low tide and there were a lot of exposed sea shells on the ocean floor.  Thus, I cut my knee all to hell.  Luckily nothing got stuck in my knee for how hard I hit…

Moral of the story…Water photography hurts some time…but when you get back to your car and start looking through what you have just taken…all that pain goes away…  And you can’t wait to get back out there..

Here are a few that I came away with from last week…Hope you enjoy.























































You can see more shots from these three days at:

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL SurfingEye Images beach water photography Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:47:07 GMT
iphone case I have some extremely cool news about new products offered on my site.

If you have ever wanted one of my images on an iPhone or iPad case...Guess what!  Now you can...

You can now order directly through SurfingEye Images, a custom iPhone (4 and/or 4s only) or iPad case using one of my images.  

Here is a mock up of what these would look like:

To order....Simply find the picture you want on my site and click "BUY"

On the left hand side under "All Products" select "Specialty" as seen below:

From there you can see the prices for iPhone and iPad cases.  You can crop and zoom in on a pic so you get all the parts of the pic that you want or don't want. 

Hope to see your order for one of these really cool products soon...

**NOTE** Mocked up images show pictures with SurfingEye watermarks.  Watermarks will NOT be on your final product!

[email protected] ( SurfingEye Images cases iPad iPhone Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:23:58 GMT
The Wedge On Saturday morning I drove up to Newport Beach to visit one of Southern California's best shore breaks.  Simply know as "The Wedge". I have seen many FANTASTIC photographs from great wave photographer Robbie Crawford, Aaron Goulding, Clark Little and a host of others... So I thought I would see if I could get in on the action...

Leading up to this trip, a few of my photographer buddies who have shot there told me to be careful, don't take it for granted, even on small days.  Boy were they right!  It wasn't that I didn't believe what they were telling me, it is something you really have to experience before you really "Know" what they are talking about.  This was not the La Jolla or even Laguna waves that I am use to.  Much more power...much more turbulent.  I tried duck diving as I normally do on a wave that broke in front of me...The wave sucked me right up and threw me over the falls like I was a rubber ducky...

So...I monitored the weather and the swell.  Everything pointed to a great sunrise with great waves...I only got one of the two...The wedge was firing, however, mother nature didn't let the sun shine.  Oh well though..The experience was great and can't wait to go again.....

Here are a couple that I did like from it..





Silly surfers getting in the way of a perfect empty wave shot... =)











Getting the shot of someone getting the shot!








Probably my favorite of the day!











Back on shore, the life guard is making sure everyone makes it out of the water okay..






Very Very excited to go back soon...See some of the larger pics at



[email protected] ( SPL The Wedge empty wave surf water photography Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:24:19 GMT
New Portfolio in the works As with any photographer, or any professional for that manner, the longer you do something, the better at it you get.

I feel that my photography keeps getting better and better.  With each time I shoot, I feel that I am able to get at least one shot that is unique and makes me keep coming back for more.  Until now though, I have just been putting shots in my "portfolio" folder that I felt were my best shots.  Not really creating anything that had direction or showed off my view of surf photography.  

That's all about to change.  I am going to start working on creating a new / actual portfolio.  One that shows my take on not only surf culture, but how I feel about photography. 

There will be a lot of experimenting with this.  Times of day, angles, lenses, in and out of the water, locations and so on.  There may be a lot of images that never see the light of day, but as long as I can get that one or two out of a shoot, then that's all that matters...

Hope you enjoy the new journey...


[email protected] ( La Jolla Photography by Ronald Hons SPL beach water photography Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:48:43 GMT
Hello Summer! With July hitting San Diego it means two very important things...

1.  Overcast skies are a thing of the past!

2.  The beaches are crowded...

I got in the water for a little wave shooting over the weekend and came away with some decent shots.  The first night (last Thursday) was painful.  After flooding an housing back in January, you would think that I would double check everything each time I got in.  Not the case.  I left one screw a little loose and one good wave put water in the housing.  Not to worry.  Camera and everything else was fine.  However after drying everything off in my housing, when I went back to get in the water, my port kept fogging up.  After 3 or 4 times of the port fogging up...i finally just dealt with it...Lucky for me I the fogging went away..





This was one of my shots that I got with the fog on my port.  Most of the pics I just trashed, but I actually liked the way the sunspot that it created..








Little shorey highlighted by a great sunset.










One of my favorite things when wave shooting is to be able to get that really nice back lit wave with the sunset.











My take on endless summer.  Kids of all ages playing in the shore at sunset.  






See more at

[email protected] ( La Jolla Ronald Hons SPL beach water photography Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:51:27 GMT
Back to Back  

As I posted last week, I was able to catch up with Roxy Surfer, Tatiana Weston Webb while she was in town to defend her U16 & U18 USA titles at Lowers.  

The weather and the waves were much better this past Saturday, and Tatiana thrived in the great conditions.  

She was able to breeze through her first final in route to the U16 title, dismantling the field and thus successfully defending her first title.

Her 2nd final though was much tougher.  Similarly to Kolohe Andino in the 2011 U18 Final, Tatiana snatched the U18 (Governors Cup) title away from Dax McGill, on her very last wave of the heat.  

Congrats again to Tatiana on her amazing performance on Saturday!  The back to back U16 USA Champ and the back to back U18 "Governors Cup" USA champ!

Here are a few of my favorite images of Tati from the final day!




































Tatiana being carried up the beach by her father after the U16 final

































Reaction from Tatiana after finding out that her last wave was enough to take home the Governors Cup.







You can see more images from the final day of the USA Championships at Lower Trestles at:

[email protected] ( 2012 USA Championships June 23, 2012 Lower Trestles Roxy San Clemente Tatiana Weston Webb Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:34:43 GMT
Shooting w/ a Champ  

Last week I was fortunate to be able to shoot with a very talented young surfer.  Roxy surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb. She is the current U16 & U18 USA Champion.  Tatiana hails from the island of Kauai and is in SoCal to defend her title at this week’s USA Championships at Lower Trestles (Click HERE for more info on this weeks contest).  I was able to catch up with her for a few shots at Lowers. 

The day wasn’t that great (overcast skies and small waves) but Tatiana got a few good ones and looks to be ready for this week…




I actually didn't realize this was Tati until I got down to the beach..I just liked the way this was framed when I shot it...





















Get out of the way!



















Tati looking ready to defend!







You can see more images from this shoot in Tati's gallery (  Other images of the other surfers (Parker Coffin, Ezekiel Lau, Jake Marshall) are available in their galleries as well.  Hope you enjoy!




[email protected] ( June Gloom Lower Trestles Roxy San Clemente Tatiana Weston Webb Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:40:43 GMT
More June Gloom I have not been able to get in the water all that often lately, so on a day last weekend when I could, I had to take advantage.

Of course I brought my camera with because the waves were good as well.  With every big wave that went over me, I thought to myself..."I can't wait to see what that looks like on camera."  Because the last thing I was seeing before I went under on a lot of these was was a really glassy clear barrel.  One thing you may or may not know is that you can't go back and look through images while the camera is in your housing.  So i really never know what I have gotten until I get out of the water..

After I got out though, I was very happy with what I was seeing as far as the wave shots went.  A few of them were some of the deepest barrel shots that I have taken to date.  If mother nature would have given me some nice blue skies, a lot of these images would be in my wave portfolio.  But June gloom is in full affect in La Jolla right now.  Here are a few of the images though so you can see what I am talking about...






































I have a few more posted under so please take a look.

Hope you enjoy!


[email protected] ( June Gloom La Jolla SPL water photography Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:11:12 GMT
East Africa Threads A while ago I was asked to do a clothing shoot for an upcoming clothing line called East Africa Threads.  Through months of bad weather, and rescheduling I was finally able to get this shoot done.  One of my favorite models (Aubry Wiltcher) helped me out to show off the fun cloths that they produce..

A little bit about East Africa Threads:

East African Threads is an alternative clothing company.  All East African Threads clothing is made in east Africa with only local African fabrics.  The East African Threads philosophy is to "Give Back."  100% of profits go back to the communities in east Africa where the clothing is made.

The shoot was last week at Scrips Pier in La Jolla.  





































































































[email protected] ( La Jolla Pier RS Hons Photography beach clothing modeling Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:37:58 GMT
Ray at Night I wanted to remind everyone that I have another event coming up tomorrow night (June 9 from 6 to 10pm)!  

I will have a booth set up for Ray at Night.

Ray at Night is San Diego's largest and longest-running monthly art walks.  It is held on Ray street in North Park and displays works from 15 galleries and other local artists.  

Some of the things we will have for sale are:

  • Framed and matted images
    • Prices range from $60 - $90 (+ Tax)
  • Matted prints in protective plastic bags
    • Prices range from $25 - $45 (+ Tax)
  • Canvas / Metal prints
    • Prices range from $40 - $120 (+ Tax)

My booth will be one of the outdoor booths on Ray St.  Streets are cleared at 4 pm and night begins at 6 pm.  

Here are a couple of the images that we will have on hand:

Windansea Sunset








If I don't have a print of something you are looking for, be sure to check out our site.  

Hope to see you there!



[email protected] ( Art Walk Ray at Night SurfingEye Images Fri, 08 Jun 2012 22:52:11 GMT
Splish Splash While everyone was out trying to photograph the "Transit of Venus" on Tuesday night, I was at the beach too.  Not trying to capture Venus (I didn't have the filters for it), but just doing some good old fashion sunset beach shooting.  

While I was there, I started playing with capturing the foamy splashes on the rocks of Windansea Beach with a high shutter speed.  I have seen a lot of cool images from a few of my friends, so I thought I would try a couple.  

Here are some that I came away with:































And because I said I was there to shoot the sunset, here is one just so you know I wasn't lying =)











Take a look at the rest of the images I took on Tuesday at:


[email protected] ( La Jolla Splash Sunset beach Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:11:23 GMT
Waves for Days Memorial day weekend started off on a little down note for me..I thought it would be a good idea to travel up to Laguna Beach / San Clemente to do some wave shooting.  I got in the car and drove north at 7 am.  The sun was out and I was super stoked.  I couldn't remember the last time I saw the sun up along the coast that early.  However, by the time I got up to my shooting location, the wind kicked up and completely washed the shorebreak out and made the the waves terrible to surf.  

Here are a few iPhone pics (which were the only pics that I took while I was up there).














The next couple of days, I just stayed in my normal spot in La Jolla and came away with some really good ones...Here is a couple examples:
















You can view all of the larger resolution images from this weekend at


[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL San Clemente Waves beach iPhone water photography Thu, 31 May 2012 13:55:20 GMT
Next show We had a showcase event last weekend at Jake's wine bar in Hillcrest where we showed off some of our favorite work. It was a fun little event.  

Here is a shot of our display that night:


We also have another event where we will be displaying at on June 9th.  We will have a booth set up for Ray at Night.

Ray at Night is San Diego's largest and longest-running monthly art walks.  It is held on Ray street in North Park and displays works from 15 galleries and other local artists.  

Some of the things we will have for sale are:

  • Framed and matted images (like those that are pictured above)
  • Matted prints in protective plastic bags
  • Canvas prints

More details will follow as the date gets closer, but we hope to see you there.

[email protected] ( Photography Ray at Night display show Tue, 29 May 2012 19:10:44 GMT
Updates to our site  

We have been working on making some updates to our site to re-organizing our galleries and photos within to make the user experience a little better. 

We have removed the locations area and created a few new sections.

·         Empty Wave

·         Sunsets

·         Surf photography

·         Black & White

·         Night Photography

·         Portfolio

Each section contains only our best shots so you can find what you are looking for much easier.

Let us know what you think…















Example of our Sunset Gallery

[email protected] ( Mon, 28 May 2012 17:40:53 GMT
Jake's Show I have an upcoming show this Saturday (05.26) night at Jake's Wine Bar in Hillcrest from 6-10pm.  

Jake's is located at:

We will have 10 framed and matted prints on display and for purchase.  

Prints in 16x20 frames will be $90 + tax

Prints in 11x14 frames will be $70 + tax

I hope to see you some of you there...

Here are a couple of the prints we will have on display..





















Windansea Sunset













[email protected] ( Display Photography Show Surf Wed, 23 May 2012 16:00:00 GMT
At the street Contrary to what my friends think, I don't get to go out and shoot nearly as much as I use to.. So when I have the time to get out and shoot, I try to take advantage.

So when I went out this weekend, I had a ton of issues with my port not keeping the water sheen.  For those who don't know what I am talking about, before I get in the water, I have to either lick or spit on the port of my housing.  Then once you get in the water, it creates a clear sheen of water over the port so you have no distortion on your images.  

My problem was that port was not holding the sheen.  I had to get out of the water 3 times to try and clean, but it was not helping.  A nice man on the beach told me that I should go and get some dish soap and clean the port.  I ran up to a store in my wetsuit and cleaned the port and it worked...  Thankfully, because the problem was driving me INSANE!!  Here are a few images that I got this weekend...











































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[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL beach empty wave water photography Tue, 22 May 2012 03:35:32 GMT
No way..More gray skies! When I left my office last night to go shoot at the beach, It was sunny blue skies.  Really stoked because the May gray has been keeping me down...However, my 10 min drive to the beach yielded something very different.  You guessed it..more gray skies.  I got in the water anyway, because I can always use the practice..but here are a few I came away with.












































You can see some of the other shots I got from the night of clouds at:


[email protected] ( Clouds Gloom La Jolla SPL beach water photography Fri, 18 May 2012 22:45:48 GMT
Mistakes and near misses All water photographers, at one time or another, will tell you that from time to time that they mess up.  Either with setting, focus point, or simply that they had the camera angled incorrectly.  When I was in the water last, my night was full of them...My focus point and settings were off, and I had a shot or two that would have been really nice, but just positioned myself incorrectly...

Most photogs keep their mistake hidden off websites and blogs, but since this is a journey and learning experience for me, I thought I would share it..






I would have loved this shot if I had my focus point correct!








I didn't mind this shot, but the color and focus is a little off













This was the shot that annoyed me the most.  If I would have tilted my camera up just 2 more inches, this would have been a great shot, and probably in my portfolio.







You can see some of the shots that I think actually looked good at

[email protected] ( La Jolla SPL beach water photography Wed, 16 May 2012 21:31:43 GMT
Branching out So I have decided to try and branch out with my photography and start to do more portrait type shooting.  Have a done a few shoots so far and am liking it more and more.  I have started out with modeling / swimsuit portraits.

I am going to start doing more and more portrait type shooting as well as family shooting once I feel more comfortable with how my shots look.  

Here are a few of my favorites from my most recent model shoot at the Oceanside North Jetty.
















































Hope you enjoy my new venture... You can see more at

[email protected] ( Modeling Oceanside beach sunset Fri, 11 May 2012 04:04:07 GMT
In the water again! Yesterday I traveled up North to one of South Orange County's best little spots.  I tried out my 85mm lens in my dome port while in the water.  It worked out better than when I used it with my flat port. While using this, you have to use the auto focus on the lens, thus looking through the view finder while the waves are crashing against you and surfers are coming at you...oddly using the longer lens, I still got hit twice while in the water...Oh well! I got some shots that were worth it..  






















This little grom was stoked to see a photog in the water..











San Clemente can provide some nice backdrops











There were a few barrels to be had yesterday.  This unidentified surfer beat out the rest of the surfers in the water to grab this one

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[email protected] ( 04.28.12 SPL Salt Creek San Clemente watershooting Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:12:47 GMT
More cloudy nights I did a little shooting last night at my favorite spot in La Jolla because when I left work, the sun was actually out.  That didn't last very long.  But the shore break was really good and I came away with some really good shots...

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[email protected] ( Cloudy Empty Wave Photos by Ronald Hons SPL Shorebreak Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:08:02 GMT