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A quick shot with my iPhone after a round of golf.

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I just discovered this article that featured some of my photos from a shoot I did for the New York Times.

I previously showed some images from a story about Connor Fields but I also shot for a story about the new technology being implemented into BMX racing.

I hadn’t previously seen or read this article until I stumbled upon it online today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/sports/olympics/bmx-racers-roll-with-the-latest-scientific-training-methods.html

BMX Racers Roll With Latest Methods

BMX Racers Roll With Latest Methods article in the New York Times

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.

To see more photos from the contest Click Here

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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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New Wave Photo

Shot this photo today in the shore break at Wind N’Sea beach in La Jolla, California.

Wave Photo in La Jolla, California

Wave Photo in La Jolla, California shot in the Shore Break

Canvas prints are fast becoming the most popular kind of wall decor, and one of the most common questions one asks before deciding whether or not to print on canvas is what are the differences and benefits of canvas printing in relation to the traditional matte and frame printing. If you too have the same question, the following 5 reasons will help you understand why you should give canvas printing a try.

Canvas prints make perfect gifts 

 
If you’re looking for new personalised gift ideas, canvas prints will definitely add a touch of uniqueness to one’s home or office. Perfect for any ocasion, printing on canvas helps turn your favourite pictures into wonderful wall art that can pass down through your family through the years.

Cost effective

 
The traditional method of printing on paper requires matting and expensive framing, and when you’re looking at larger format prints this can cost a small fortune. Canvas printing offers you the most cost-effective way of printing your photos in any preferred size.

No glare or reflections

 
Traditional paper prints need to rest behind a sheet of glass which in a bright room often exhibit glare or reflection, making sometimes the photo impossible to view. With a canvas print the end result is a work of art that is unobstructed by a layer of reflective glass, offering you the flexibility of positioning it without the need for specific lighting.

Largest image size for a given wall space 

 
The beauty of canvas prints is that you can get any size you choose  to fit your home or office, making it a versatile choice for wall decor.

Less weight

 
Canvas prints are far lighter than traditionally framed prints, especially in the larger sizes, being easier to transport and to hang.

Story originally published at http://www.photography-news.com

Congrats to Julian Wilson US Open of Surfing Champion, which took place in Huntington Beach this past weekend. Not a bad way to earn an extra $100,000.

Julian Wilson US Open of Surfing Champion

Julian Wilson US Open of Surfing Champion