In EP20 & 21 of APOL I go on my biggest adventure yet as I spend 3 weeks in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan to attempt the famous Lenin Peak. The so called easiest 7000m mountain on the planet.Details
A few months ago I was travelling around Iceland thinking of a new way of sharing my adventures beyond the photos I take.
So I started a YouTube channel, sharing a unique behind the scenes look into my journey, adventures and travels as a photographer. ‘Adventure Photography On Location’ was born!
So after many weeks and countless hours of preparation and thanks to the help of Olympus AU I’ve finally made it to Iceland. And in the very first episode of the new video series: Adventure Photography On Location I’m taking you along from Budapest to Iceland all the way into a canyon on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the far west of Iceland.Details
On Thursday the 26th of May 2016 I opened my first personal exhibition in the my hometown of St. Vith in Belgium. With over 150 people attending the vernissage I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome! Thank you to everyone who took the time to come and took a look at my work from the past few years. It was incredible for me to be able to share my passion with the people I hadn’t seen in a few years and seeing the interest and fascination for my rather exotic passion just blew me away.Details
The guys over at Field & Forest recently picked up some of my images along with a short story about my recent little weekend adventure out in the High Fens and published it on their Journal Field and Forest is a sort of celebration of adventure and discovery. Founded by Megan McLellen and Emanuel Smedbøl, who wanted to share the joys…Details
Since I can remember I’ve spoken the local german dialect: Plattdeutsch.
So it was a great honour to have been invited to the local german speaking radio BRF and do an interview about my past travels and about my upcoming exhibition here in my hometown of St Vith.
Of course: it’s all in PlattdeutschDetails
After months of planning and working I’m thrilled to officially announce an exhibition of my work in my home town of St Vith in Belgium. Nature, Water and Light. It will be the first time I’m organising my own exhibition. It’s been 3 years since I’ve last visited and …Details
Today Olympus announced a brand new lens to the Pro lineup: the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO. A 600mm full frame equivalent super telephoto lens. And it’s a game changer!
With it being only 28cm long and around 1.3Kg heavy there’s no arguing: this is the most portable super telephoto lens a prefessional could ask for…
I’ve been on the road since August and couldn’t be happier with the choice of camera equipment I’ve packed. Back in 2014 when I switched from a Canon 1D and range of heavy lenses my goal was to reduce the weight of my camera gear to under 10Kg (22lb) as I knew I was going to be travelling for a long period in 2015.
It’s really all about removing as much as possible and reducing the packlist to the ultimate minimum.
To further reduce the weight of my equipment I also switched from a fully upgraded…Details
Social Media is a strange thing. Sometimes it feels like you’re fighting for likes, shares, comments and numbers, then other times it becomes the very best platform to connect and link up with the best people possible.
Last weekend was one of those occasions where it proved to be the gateway to something new and exciting!.
I stumbled across a comment by Cromac O’Brian saying he’d be flying in Big Sur this weekend. I got curious and got in touch with him and it turns out he’s a passionate adventurer and paraglider. After a short conversation it was obvious I was going to be going to Big Sur for the weekend and shoot whatever was going to be happening there. If I could score a ride paragliding over California’s most impressive piece of coastline that was a bonus of course.Details
Shooting models underwater was something I had never tried before. And it was definitely a challenge!
Follow along on this special photo story and find out about the difficulties and problems we encountered, what equipment was used and how we edited the images to create an ‘out-of-this-world’ feeling to them.
We were camping at a place that had this long pier across the shallow reef which lead to a much deeper section of the ocean. And as we went snorkeling around Raiatea – an island in French Polynesia – we immediately noticed the clarity was beyond…Details
Every now and then something comes along and just blows everyone’s mind. Sets a new standard. Takes creativity and the way we think about everything to a new level.
The new movie about John John Florence is one of those things.
Probably the best thing I’ve seen since sliced bread…Details
Did you know that in California, with 8 free days and a fully decked out van it is frowned upon to not go on a road trip.
And so I did.
Inspired by the amazing imagery I’ve been seeing and working with at Chris Burkards studio over the past month I set out to capture my own version of the Californian epicness that Yosemite, Death Valley and the connecting roads have to offer.
With my trusted E-M1 and a couple of lenses the hunt for breathtaking views, golden light and empty spaces was on…
I know how to use a camera, I’ve never really touched anything but full manual mode. So why the heck am I doing an unpaid internship that required me to move to from Sydney to California?
Because I love photography and I want to learn what it takes to make this passion of mine something I can live off.
When it comes to learning new things there is nothing better than placing yourself on that hard school bench again. Shut your mouth, do what you are told and learn from the…
In August 2015 the World Surf League took over the famous surf spot Teahupoo in Tahiti for a few days to hold one of the most exciting surf competitions on the planet, the Billabong Pro.
I made a selection of 40 images of the WSL Billabong Pro 2015 in Tahiti for you to enjoy. Have fun watching!
Come and enjoy a short film of my journey to Teahupoo during the month of August. From getting lost in the dense bushes of Moorea all the way to pounding waves at world famous surf break at Teahupoo – French Polynesia has tons to offer and this is my attempt to do it justice. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.Details
When it comes to camera bags there’s no right or wrong…
well, that’s what I always thought until I found a company called F-Stop Gear.
F-Stop Gear is the first brand to make a dedicated internal camera unit (ICU) – basically a camera bag inside a camera bag. The great thing is that…
French Polynesia may not ring big bells in most people’s ears. Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean halfway between Sydney and Los Angeles, not even a dot on the world map it’s quite a remote and exquisite location. And if you’re not a big sailor like captain Cook or a lucky retired person searching the oceans of the world for a place to anchor your boat you might never think of going to this tiny dot on the world map. But if you are…Details
Dust is blocking my nose and the smell of resin is creeping into my head. I’m watching a master at work: Corey Graham is deep inside his own world creating something new.
<< Ideas just sit with me for weeks, even months sometimes! I dream about them and if I don't bring them to life I won't stop dreaming about them. >>
I suddenly realise that I’m not only meeting a legend at work – but…Details
I’m more of a big barrelling slab style wave type of guy… but, when a fine selection of the best loggers are gathered on your home beach to compete at the annual Snowy McAlister Winter Longboarding Competition you have to go check it out, and so I did.
Having never really shot this type of surfing it was a new challenge to me…Details
The conditions were just right for an experiment I had in mind for weeks!
With an idea of combining slow shutter speeds, sunset, surf, underwater, silhouettes and some more experimental stuff I started to swim out just as the sun was setting. But I misjudged my timing and arrived at the point break a minute after the sun had set. Luckily…
Today was a positive surprise!
Yesterday a crazy south wind whipped up some waves and in combination with a smaller ground swell and a surprising turn in the winds today was magic: Off-shore & glassy conditions with a solid 6-8ft swell from the south.
Not many places on the Northern Beaches of Sydney do well with a swell from the south, but if you look far enough you’ll find…Details
It’s Tuesday the 12th of May – 8AM. I’m meeting up with Josh, an ambitious, 13 year old photographer from Yeppoon QLD who has flown in to do a 2 day surf photography workshop with me. The forecast is looking great for the week – with a building south swell and moderate off-shore winds, the perfect conditions to learn everything about…Details
To finish off this weeks one-on-one workshop with 13 year old Josh we had a last, early session this morning at Dee Why point. And what a session it was! Josh spent the first 2 hours shooting before he had to leave to catch his flight then I took over and shot for another 2 hours. The tide dropped further and the conditions made for some heavy waves to surf (and swim in). All in all: Fun!Details
Ever wanted some photos of yourself surfing? Of course you do! Well this could be the easiest chance to get an awesome sequence of yourself grabbing the rail and pulling into that double overhead barrel. More of a logger? Why not get a shot of yourself cruising along the lip of a wave in style with the rising sun lighting up your path?
Well any of that is possible… all you need to do is….
I have come to favour cloudy days with patches of blue sky – they make for more dramatic backdrops in my photos and tend to create a moody atmosphere opposed to a plain blue sky or even worse a totally grey and colourless one. But I was proven wrong the other day.
Yesterday morning was one of those days where I had none of the above…
I am very proud to announce that one of my personal favourite, abstract underwater images has received an honourable mention at the surf category of the Deep Indonesia 2015 Photo Competition.
With amazing judges like the ones below it really is an honour to be amongst the selected:
A gallery of images shot at Winki on Sunday the 3rd of May 2015.
Besides it being just about as grey as it can get there were some pretty good waves on offer. Enjoy the ‘dark’ gallery.
If you like an image and want it in full resolution please contact me or send me a message on Facebook and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
I recently did an interview that was featured on an article about professional photographers shooting sports with mirrorless cameras on www.mirrorlessons.com. It is a great honour to be part of the list and I would like to thank the guys at mirrorlessons for selecting me / my work. And of course thanks to Olympus Australia for supporting…Details
There is now a new printing option available on the SurfLove Print Store: Print Only
Printed on high quality metallic paper and safely wrapped in a protective tube the ‘Print Only’ option offers a light and more affordable solution to safely deliver prints all around the world at a lower cost. Available in 2 different sizes:Details
This short film is collection of my favorite clips that I have shot over the past several years. It is also a tribute to a era when you used to have to wait a few years for the latest surf film to come out. Campaign 2 was one of the lasts of it’s kind. Back when surfing used to be edgy and surf flicks got you incredibly amped to go out and charge your local surf break.
Hopefully this short film will do the same and to those who lived in that era, bring back some fond memories.
In the eyes and through the lens of a surf photographer things like wind, waves, rain and so many other factors of nature become the primary mood indicator of the day. In the few years I have now been fascinated by the ocean there is one thing I have learnt: Nature doesn’t like us.Details
It’s Saturday, 4.55AM. Two bags and myself are waiting on the side of the road near my apartment in Queenscliff. No wind. I can smell the salt in the air and in the distance I can hear a constant deep rumble. It’s PUMPING and I’m about to get on a flight. The previous afternoon I…Details
The past few days have been quite a challenge for me and my gear. I was part of the official media team of the Australian Open Of Surfing and 3 reasons why the AOS was a challenging event to shoot: I was part of the official team and a fast delivery of high quality images was crucial.…Details
As most people know the surf wasn’t great from day 2-4 at the Australian Open Of Surfing and I thought I’d pack the best images all into one post. The forecast is for more surf as of day 5 and I’m hoping to publish one gallery of ‘best of’ images per day as of then. For now,…Details
Day 1 is over and here’s a few of the best photos of the day. Enjoy. Surf conditions were pretty clean and off shore this morning, but it turned choppy and got smaller later on… Head over to the official Hurley AOS website to find more of my photos All images were…Details
I’m proud to announce that, this year again, I will be part of the official media team of the Hurley Australian Open Of Surfing in Manly from February 7-15th. I’m sure this year will have some exceptional surfing on offer too with a really great list of top athletes coming to Manly: 2015 HAOS Men’s…Details
Not often does it get this big and perfect in the middle of summer at Dee Why Point.
But things lined up perfectly and with a solid swell and a light offshore breeze the point started producing some heavy, barrelling waves for about 3 days straight with a peak in size on Saturday morning.
The Kangaroo River flows into Lake Yarrunga which is formed by Tallowa Dam. This means the river is a very slow flowing river and a great place to bring your/hire a canoe for a multi day trip. With the possibility to camp pretty much anywhere (for free!) and a lot of ‘side rivers’ you can paddle up to, there is a huge area to be explored.Details
Probably one of the most legendary surf photographers of our time. What an inspiration – Cunningham did a great little short video on him here. ” I got a chance to go to the North Shore and spend a couple days with surf photographer, Brian Bielmann. At age 18 he packed his bags and, with…Details
Today I am proud to announce that I will be part of Chris Burkard’s team in 2015. Starting in September 2015 – I will travel to California for at least 4 months to see, learn and be part of the backend of Chris’ business and what is involved in being a world famous and successful surf, adventure,…Details
Joaquin and Julian Azulay, two Argentinian brothers are releasing their new movie: Gauchos Del Mar – “Our aim is also to show the communities and crafts that have been forgotten, and to interact and learn from the local cultures, which have been so generous to us. We also want to show the connection between humans…Details
Slow shutter speeds in surf & wave photography can be very challenging. Especially if you are working handheld, in the pouring rain, in a raging storm! The waves weren’t great in the recent weeks, so in order not to completely depress and start shooting things I really don’t care about, I decided to give slow shutter…Details
The guys over at Aquatech put together a great tutorial video on how to shoot your underwater housing ports for surf. It’s really worth a watch for every surf photographer out there. I use all the techniques mentioned in the video with my ZEN (dome) port and Olympus (flat) port and find that these work great.…Details
Nature has been putting on quite the show over Sydney in the past few days, with some very dramatic storm fronts pulling over the blue skies in the late afternoon creating apocalyptic style scenes. A great opportunity to make use of the Live Comp mode on my Olympus E-M1 and thought I’d write a little bit about…Details
I’m proud to announce that the 2015 SurfLove calendar has finally arrived!
A selection of my favourite photographs from the past year combined into a clean and neat looking calendar for the coming year 2015.
Find a few more previews in the link below – or just click the image.
Introduction It’s been a bit over 2 weeks now since the long awaited Olympus underwater housing, the PT-EP11 for the E-M1 arrived at my doorstep. The housing is designed for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (only) and wraps around the camera perfectly and allows full access to all controls of the camera. And boy, she is my new favourite toy!…Details
You take the most powerful waves on the planet, some of the best surfers and film it with a camera that is capable of filming at 1000 frames per second and voila! you have just captured the essence of surfing. (this is worth watching in HD and full screen with the volume right up. sit back,…Details
For a few weeks now I have owned both a Canon 1D Mark IV and an Olympus E-M1. And it is time to compare these 2 excellent cameras. This comparison is about my experience switching from Canon to Olympus and it is in no way a scientific comparison of numbers and facts. I will go through…Details
Let’s talk about gear! Like most of you already know I’m currently switching from Canon to Olympus. Mainly for weight and size reasons. A few months back I heard about the development of a M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 lens and soon after about the x1.4 Tele Converter. This news and knowing the size and weight would play…Details
For quite some time I have been thinking about adding a mirrorless camera to my setup and eventually switching to mirrorless systems only. What is mirrorless? There is a ton of information out there and I think explaining it into detail would lead us down a completely different path. In short: mirrorless cameras don’t have, like the…Details
Surf photographer Mark Mathews taking it to the ultimate level fully knowing he was going to not make it out of a +25ft wave to get the shot of pro surfer Taj Burrow at one of the heaviest waves on this planet: The Right in Western Australia. Brave or just stupid?? We will see the…Details
Proud to be published on this month’s Surf’n Life magazine. The shot was taken at Manly Beach back in February 2014 at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing where I was shooting as part of the official media team for the event. The photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 600mm f/4 …Details
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is changing it’s name to World Surf League – WSL Here’s a short video by the ASP about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuiXrg08j_8 And what ASP SEO Paul Speaker has to say about it: “At the start of the 2015 season, we will change our name to the World Surf League (WSL). We’re…Details
Many people have asked me why create a new site and why split things into 2? The answer is simple: The SurfLove Blog will have regular updates and will focus on the technical part of surf photography and the gear I use and why I choose to use it including reviews, reports and comparisons. It will…Details
Surf Photography Lessons Take your GoPro / DSLR to the next level and shoot alongside and learn with professional surf photographer Chris Eyre-Walker – SurfLove Photography. Own a GoPro or a digital camera and passionate about taking photos of the beach, ocean, surf and waves? Or even underwater photos? Learn how to step away from the average GoPro surf…Details
The new SurfLove is here. It’s new, it’s fresh and it’s different. The SurfLove website has now changed for the 3rd time in it’s time of existence. Each updated version came with new things and new goals and ambitions. This time I’d like to introduce the News / Blog section as being the front end of…Details
If you find some time in the coming weeks you should definitely go check out my little addition to the painters’ gallery in Manly. It’s a 45×30″ (115x76cm) acrylic print from the shot ‘Blue Curtain’. The Manly Painters’ Gallery can be found in 44 Market Lane in Manly (just past the Backpackers when you are heading towards the…Details
I’m proud to announce that SurfLove is now a contributor to The Inertia. You can find a selection of 20 of my photos from the past 10 months of surf- ocean- and wave photography with a short description about the photo and where it comes from and how it got there. Check it out in the…Details
Since Friday you can enjoy an excellent coffee at Jellyfish Café right on the beach front at North Steyne – Manly whilst looking at some 2 SurfLove prints.
Hopefully there will be more photos hanging up very soon. And the best thing?! You can actually buy the photos on the spot!
SurfLove 2.0The new SurfLove.com.au website is ready.A few changes to the style and structure have been made and a lot of things have changed on the back end of the website. Using a complete new platform.The focus is now more on a portfolio style and the old ‘sort-be-date’ galleries have been moved a little back.…Details
After the Australian Open of Surfing quite a few people have gotten in touch with SurfLove.This time it’s JS Industries picking a couple of photos of Julian Wilson riding their new board the Hippee. Watch out for this particular shot on their website and campaign for the new board. Check out their website to see some of SurfLove’s photos…Details
I’ve spent the last few days setting up the social media accounts for my photography work.
add the other stuff too (500px, youpic, viewbug)
If you see me down at the beach one morning don’t forget to say hi.