NZ South Island surf trip
Digital Imaging Ambassador
I ended driving back up Kaikoura as soon as I left, I wanted to swim with the dolphins again. I was hooked and wanted more, plus it was free. Some of Joe’s friends were in town Jake and Marie. They were touring around New Zealand, I talked them into paddling out with me. The only thing they didn’t have any paddle fitness. Also there weren’t as many and a bit shy sadly. They were far out in the ocean this time, I’m talking far out. I was on my long board, Marie behind me on my fish holding onto my leash then jake behind on another board hoping Marie’s leash. Joe flew his drone out over heard and had I towed them 1200m. My arms were pretty shot by then and an off shore wind popped up. It was at this point I new we were in trouble. To make things worse I saw a solo fin pop up out far, I’m not talking a dolphin in either. I was stupid enough to ask them on their judgement. Hearing the panic in Marie’s voice, I played it off. I saw it once more following us, towing them was one of the hardest and paddles back. I was quite freaked, a few locals said there’s deep ocean shelf not far off that all the great whites hang out. Still I haven’t told them what I really saw.
-Fstop Tilopa with Small Pro ICU + rain cover
-Sony FE 35mm f/1.4
-Sony FE 55mm f/1.8
-Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
-Sony FE 70-200mm f/4
-6x 64GB Sony SD cards, 4x 64GB Sony micro SD
–Lens Blower & lens cloths
-Sensor cleaning kit
For the water other gear I have with me
-Salty surf water housing for Sony a7rIII with 90mm port. That will fit the 85mm f/1.8 and the 55mm f/1.8. The 85mm is my preference.
Sometimes you’re out shooting longer than you think so other things I usually have tucked away, some water & snacks, sunscreen/zinc, warm layer rain jacket and some gloves for winter. a podcast is also good as I loose attention when there’s a lull, then i look at the ground find some grabs or something cool, then miss the shot.