Congrats to our Top Pic of the Week, Danny Sepkowski! You’ll be ready to charge the big waves once you see these rad photos of Nebula, Tentacle Difficulties, and Malama. Read more below on the production of these photos. Cowabunga!
A disposable water camera was my very first rig I used in the water! Wedding photography came to play later in life and taught me that lighting and composition is ideal. I decided to take my wedding photography skills into the water and see what I was made of. Everything started to flow after that. Since than I have been published in National Geographic, Canon Magazine, and currently do some work with Oakley.
Composition was key for this shot.
I have decided to take a different approach in wave photography this past year. Everyone I see in the water shoots with a fisheye to capture a wide perspective. I decided to get an abstract feel with my 100mm and capture something deeper than a simple wide angle shot. The scary part about capturing this shot was making sure my head did not get ripped off while I was looking in the viewfinder. This photo reminded of “The Pillars of Creation” photo from back in the day.
Composition was key for this shot. Depth of field was essential.
As my friend was diving we came upon this Tako (Octopus). He handed me the Tako while he had to adjust his gear. Suddenly the Tako decided to make my camera his home! I decided to take advantage of this “Tentacle Difficulty”. I shot this with a 14mm lens so I was able to capture a wide perspective with it. You can also notice that the mountain is visible as well and that is because I have an 8-inch over under dome for my waterhousing.
Lighting was key for this shot. Depth of field was essential.
“Malama” was taken on my second trip to Tahiti. It took me two years to get this shot! The first time I went a storm decided to ruin our parade. Depth of field and lighting was everything for this shot. Let nature come to you as well! Never swim towards wild life. The best shots are taken while you let nature take its course.
Thank you Danny, for allowing us to share these amazing photos. Want to see more? Follow along for the ride on Instagram @hawaiiwaveimages, Facebook and Pinterest. If you’re interested in being our top pic of the week, tag #KEHSpotlight in your best images for a chance to be featured.