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The WCT (World Championship Tour) makes a stop every year at Lower Trestles surf break in Southern California. As an action sports photographer I have the pleasure of shooting this contest almost every year. Surf photography is one of my passions not only because of the insane moves these guys are pulling off but also because it’s something I enjoy doing myself. I love to surf as often as I can schedule permitting. Knowledge of a sport you are covering is always a benefit as it allows you to anticipate the action.

It’s always a visual display of progressive surfing with the best surfers in the world putting on a fantastic show. The wave is known as one of the best skate park type waves around. This always makes for great action, as you can see from the photos below.

Here are some shots form the contest.

Gabriel Medina letting it fly

Gabriel Medina letting it fly

Gabriel Mendina Cut Back

Gabriel Mendina Cut Back

Josh Kerr throwing some spray

Josh Kerr throwing some spray

John John Florence throwing it out there

John John Florence throwing it out there

Kelly Slater doing what he does best on his way to Victory.

Kelly Slater doing what he does best on his way to Victory.

Taj Burrow was on fire early.

Taj Burrow was on fire early.

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Here are some images I took recently of a local San Diego Pro, Chad Bennett. We shot at Maderas Golf Club in Poway, CA which is in North San Diego County.

Most golf images you see in golf magazines whether it be article or ad are very conservative. While this has been the trend in golf for many years due to the demographic of the consumers, the tide is slowly turning. You are starting to see young golfers expressing themselves with bold colors and unique clothing. As a result you are starting to see the same trends in the pro shops and sports specialty stores with the golf merchandise.

That being said I think my style of photography fits the new style we are seeing in golf, so in trying to bring something different to the sport I created some gritty, edgy, black and white images.

I used a 3 speedlight set up in each image during late afternoon sun. The locations of the lights varied based on the location on the golf course and the direction of the sun. To achieve that “Advertising Look” I used the lights to sculpt my subject and create specific shadows.

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

JFennell Photography Golf Photo Shoot of Chad Bennett

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