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And so it continues. The swell? No my declining eyesight and hearing. What the hell is going on here? I must clearly be in denial. I mean, I've just never thought of myself as a glasses wearing individual. But with each passing week, I'm finding that my pupils just aren't what they used to be. And same with my hearing. Hardly. Case in point. I was shooting some video last week, during the peak of the Earth Day Swell. I was pretty confident that I was getting some decent footage. I mean hell, I've been shooting movies/video since 1971. I think I have it down somewhat. So, I'm firing away, talking with friends passing by, and shooting friends in the water.
what I've done forever. Shooting surf scenes.
I blame it on faulty design mechanics on my Canon GL-1. It's true.
I don't know how many of you own a GL-1 but I'm sure if you do, you know where I'm going with this. And I'm speaking strictly GL1, and not the GL 2. The GL 1 is the original 3ccc video camcorder that Canon put out. I love the image quality, and I love the covert-commando style design. I love it. I think most videographers who own one will agree. It's a classic 3ccc camera. But here's the problem. The LED lights, that light up inside the view finder are all in Green. In other words, when you press record, it comes up with the REC letters and they are in Green. When you stop to hit Pause, they too come up in Green. The flaw must of resonated with both the customers and the designers, because all the new camcorders, from the GL-2 and on, all have changed to having the LED lights come up in RED when hitting record. Trust me, when you're on the fly like me, and you are shooting from the hip. The last thing you need to constantly do, is to stare hard at the LED, to make it is recording, and not on pause. The color change eliminates that. A quick glance at the viewfinder is evident of that. Red is record. Green is pause.
So unless they can repair this design flaw on my GL-1, I'll have to really start to pay attention as to whether or not I'm recording when I want to be. In other words, I'll need to get some eyeglasses. Oh no. Glasses. Another sign of the times.
And my hearing? Well, all the years of surfing and Rock and Roll have taken a toll on my hearing. It does not bother me, nearly as much, as it does my wife and three kids. They get totally frustrated when they say something, and I answer them, thinking they said something completely different. Personally, I think they are overreacting. Besides, there have been some humorous exchanges, because of it. Mostly at their expense.
So while I do think, my hearing is slipping, I don't plan on getting a hearing aid. That would be too much too soon. I'm not prepared to have both glasses and a hearing aid. I mean, I guess I would entertain the thought of having better vision. But not both. I need to ease into this.
The good news is, my new NIKON D-90 does not have the same issues as my GL-1. I'm completely enamored with that camera. I love it. It's been so much fun to use since I first got it back in February. Having all my surf photographer friends offer advice and lenses doesn't hurt either. Having the right kind of gear is very important in any field you work in. The new digital age has made leaps and bounds as far as ease of use and quality. I wrote about this last week. We've all benefited from the new digi age we live in.
However, there is much to be said for the gear of yesterday. The quality and richness of film over digital is one for the ages. We are always going to have the traditionalists who eat, sleep and die by film. And I have to to admire them for that stand. They are purely guided for that quality that you can only get with film. The problem is, film (like a lot of other things) are becoming obsolete. But that does not mean that film is dead. Hardly. The pros still shoot in film. The major movie industry types still shoot in film. For how long is anybody's guess. But it still does exist especially in the pro market. But the consumer market has changed. It's digital or nothing. Shoot digi and have instant gratification.
However, if you are an up and coming surf photographer, or someone who appreciates the art of film, there are some items that I will be posting soon on the CLASSIFIED page that might interest you. They are Water Housing Gear from Brian Nevins. You've seen some of his amazing water shots from Puerto to Indo and beyond. They were all shot on the gear he's unloading. This is a great chance to buy some of these custom built housings, and gear, that have been proven, many times over in the field (yes the ocean is a field). I expect to have the CLASSIFIED page up this week. So watch for it. Check back in.
Speaking of this site. A lot of you have been emailing me and asking me about the new pages. Such as: When the hell are ya gonna put them up Ralph? I'm working on it. But these dam weekly swells are killing me. Well, not actually killing me, but clearly taking up a big chunk of my time. It's been non stop shooting and editing for 11 weeks in a row now people. The additional RPOTW pages are coming. I'm asking you all, to please be patient with me. I'm working as hard as I can ,with little or no sleep as it is.
There's just not enough time in the day.
Recently we had a slight bump in the road down at 10th Street. Apparently a non surfer spray painted all over the Wall and entrance at 10th Street. One of their friends had an untimely ending. There was grief, and anger, and then gut reaction. The gut reaction resulted in the spray painting of the deceased's name all over the Wall. While all of us in the Surf community, offer our condolences, to the family and friends, from this tragic ending of a life leaving here way too young. We cannot, condone the use of Graffiti, to mark up that sacred entrance to the surf. Now some of you, might think this to be an overreaction of the surfers at 10th Street. I can assure you all it is not.
Some of us have spent our entire lives down there at 10th Street.
All surfers who have walked through that 10th Street entrance know what I'm talking about. It is a place, that is held with the highest respect, and honor, for those who actually did surf, and who no longer are with us, and have spent many days at this spot. From Joe Somogyi, Moira Daly, Jon Gould, and Danny Miller. To Dan Carginan, Todd Ross, Mark Ritchie, Ray Hackett and Bob Hayes. The list goes on and on. These were surfers who surfed and hung around here. Their names are not on this Wall. And honestly, I don't think any of them would want their names there. Why? Because this place is that sacred.
I want to ask those who hang around at the Wall in the evening hours, to keep a constant vigil over that spot. Don't let those who drink there at night, break bottles and throw trash everywhere. Parents and children use that beach during the day. Surfers from all over, walk through those cement openings, like they have since the early 60's. Who wants to walk on broken glass? Who wants to see huge gobs of Graffiti? No one. All I'm asking is to show some respect for those who have come before you and have since passed away, and to those who still surf here. This beach belongs to all of us.
But make no mistake about it. It's a spot for Surfers. Love and respect goes a long way.
for some of my weekly Global observances:
Swine Flu Pandemic is out of control. Are you kidding me?
Look there are more people dying from the regular Flu every damn day.
There's only been one death so far in the US and that was from a small
child who either lived or visited Mexico. Is this crazy or what?
And then Mr Foot-in-mouth himself Joe Biden says no one should
fly or ride the Subways.
Pakistan is in a fight for their very survival. The next few weeks will be crucial. Seriously. This is big news. We need Pakistan. I'll give BHO some credit because he has allowed the CIA unmanned drones to continue to mess up Al Qeada and the Taliban. At least he sees the threat is real here. Those evil sons of bitches hate ALL Free Thinking Human Beings. I think the White House is starting to wake up to that fact. Good. We need to defeat Al Qeada and those evil Taliban losers.
The Craig's List fiancée announced this week, that the Wedding is now off. Huh? Why the sudden change of heart? I guess the thought of the Groom still sitting in jail on the blissful day was enough of a wake up call. How does the wedding register work? Can you get a refund? I heard that someone got them a massage certificate. Ooh that's gotta hurt.
about that 50-1 odds horse Mine That Bird Winning the
Kentucky Derby? That was like a damn Disney movie. I mean
are you kidding me? They showed up in a Pick up truck. Classic story.
There are still some feel good stories out there people.
here for URGENT SURFRIDER New Hampshire
QWILL at BROTHERS NORTH in Hampton on Thursday May 7th & May 14th.
* Qwill is the Surfer who's music is featured on both GREETING SEASONS
and GROOVEMASTERS from Surf Free Or Die.
BIRTHDAY Nohea Nichols 22 on May 2, 2009.
Please Support ALL The photographers who contribute to Ralph's Pic Of The Week every week for the last 6 years.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
on the image above to see more from last week's amazing swell.
(Above) Nohea Nichols turned 22 on Saturday
May 2, 2009. The first of 3 Lil Surfer Girls. Happy Birthday Nohea we
all Love you! Photo by Lenny Nichols.
(Above) Tony in 1990 at Monkey Peels. Tony
Szabo turns 50 something Saturday May 9, 2009. Same day as
Gabby! Happy Birthday Tony we miss you!
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. This is Mike Moran streaking on a wave at the Wall that was actually better than this looks. And this does not look bad. Click on the pic for more images from this fun day. Photo by RALPH Click on the image above.
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Mike
Moran again having some fun. Click on the pic for more images from
this fun day. Photo by RALPH Click
on the image above.
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Mackey
V not taking any chances against the Swine Flu or Da Kine Flu. Click
on the pic for more images from this fun day. Photo by RALPH
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Mackey
V and BHD shooting the Swine or DA Kine Flu skit.
Click on the pic for more images from this wacky skit. Photo
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Mike
Stanek's bird was so happy after hearing about the Kentucky Derby
winner Mine That Bird. If only he had shared his Bird Knowledge
with us we all might be sitting pretty right now. Photo by RALPH
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Peter Stokes deals with this blatant drop
in with a causal sense of dignity and calm. Click this photo to see
the whole sequence. Photo by RALPH
(Above) Saturday May 2, 2009. Johnny Grasso letting us all know he's watching.
(Above) Click on this image of Mackey V weighing
in on The Swine or DA Kine Flu. VIDEO Clip shot on May 2nd 2009
2009 - More From last Week's Earth Day Swell.
(Above) Casey Lockwood. Boosting
for sand dollars. Click on photo to see more of this outrageous session.
Photo by Ed O'Connell
(Above) From last week. Snuggies Cove was firing!
To see more click on the photo.
(Above) Stevie O Hara dealing with a pressing
lip at Cemento De La Playa 4-23-09. To see more click on the
photo. Photo by RALPH
(Above) From last week's Rainbow Swell sesh.
Billy Ritchie sitting back in the tube watching the amazing show
of colors unfold at the Wall.
(Above) From last week. The Wall. To see more
click on the photo.
(Above) Morro Bay Rock in Central Cal by visiting
New England Surfer Tim Moore.
*Congrats to Local NH Surfer Dr. Mark R. Henschke for Receiving The National "Patients' Choice" Award . Photo courtesy of Mark Henschke
2009 The Crop and Ross Files
(Above) Dave Cropper gets a wave and a
wave in Fiji. Click on photo for more beautiful Tavarua
images. Photo by Steve Lee
(Above) Ross Kunkel in the Barrel at
Peaches & Cream. Click on photo for more beautiful Peaches &
Cream images. Photo by Steve Lee
to 1 odds Jockey Calvin Borel celebrating aboard Mine That Bird after
they won the 135th Kentucky Derby. Ed Reinke/Associated
2009 PARTING SHOT- Fight Back Against Swine!
(Above) Local Surfer Tom Miller's answer
to the Swine Flu scare. Dispatch the Swine before the Swine Dispatches
you. Oh and it wouldn't hurt to...Eat Pork!