Clark Little, photographed by Flynn Novak. North Shore, Oahu
Surf Photographer Clark Takes Pictures No One Else is Taking
Great story, amazing images!
There was an Aussi film called Crystal Voyager made in '73 and with pink floyd as soundtrack. Shot mostly in California, it featured similar spectacles, tunnels of green glassy water rotating about the moving viewpoint and was a breathtaking experience in a big-screen cinema. The cinema had the aroma of exotic smoking mixtures floating in the air to add to the atmosphere. Despite the difficulties of hauling (what I guess was - based on the limited definition) a watertight 16mm film camera on a board the results were unprecidented and great. It's on youtube if you're keen.
Those are really something!
My wife and I lived on Oahu for a few years and visited his gallery several times (in Haleiwa on the way to the north shore). I have chatted with him on occasion, very nice guy. Awesome work!
I have been to many of the beaches he shoots at and I do not believe any of these are composites. A few are flipped left/right, but no composites as far as I know, just good use of Lightroom to punch them up.
In his Haleiwa gallery, he has several huge prints on metal and plexiglass - some up to 8 feet tall. They are just jaw dropping! I think he has a gallery in Laguna Beach CA as well. Definitely worth going out of the way to see his work in person.
He has very reasonable prices on his smaller prints - very affordable. Some of the big metal prints are $8K+ though. We have a couple 11x14 Fuji crystal prints that run about $150-ish.
Really unique technique, beautiful and fascinating images.
Thanks to DP Review to post this!!
Wonderful photos, the challenge in taking them is one thing, the results simply beautiful both in composition and as art. Hats off.
All of these would look much better as 4k video instead of photos.
A couple of those look like they are from Sandy's beach on Oahu. Huge guts to get those shots on such a shallow shorebreak.
This is awesome! I don't think I've seen anything like this in real life.
Beautiful selection! Must have been very fulfilling.
#6 you're looking through the clear water
Can someone explain number 6 to me? I'm having a hard time understanding that one.
Getting hit by a breaking is a little like getting hit by a slow-moving car. It hurts just to look at these because I know what came next.
Yes, a little too much Photoshopping in number 6.
I suspect that many are Photoshop composites, although very well done.I saw some photos like this taken in the UK by someone who is obviously copying Clark Little's techniques. These were clearly Photoshop composites, since some of the wave angles were impossible in relation to the background
I would not want to be his health insurance company.
Really spectacular work. Proof that getting close pays no matter what you're shooting.
When a youth I went to Hawaii and me and a friend decide to body surf shore waves on Maui. When the big waves hit near the shore is was amazing, Standing in waist deep water, then bare sand, then crushed and spit up on the beach. Usually followed by the next wave whacking you in the head. Cudos for taking pictures in that type of surf.
Wow, incredible pics. Makes me hurt just looking at them, knowing how hard shore breaks slam you! Brings back good and bad memories :)
All the photos are excellent, with new element in every photo. The efforts to take these photos is great..
Isn't this a rerun?
Is the summer season for the DPReview network?
I googled it and could not find previous coverage of Little's photography on dpreview.
And his book was only released recently so this is a suitable time to feature him again (even IF they featured his work in the past).
Quite stunning, particularly given this subject matter being well traveled.
Yet, I am frustrated with some comments alluding to this work as so much worthy of exposure than yesterday's offering. Despite respect for individual preference, imagine an appreciation, on some level, for both features. And the acknowledgement that neither hurts anyone, quite the opposite as it broadens exposure. Certainly any article on the site is incapable of wasting space, given the structure here. Such attitudes are a bit childish.
Bravo! Well said.
Finally I really great gallery of photos instead of the bland stuff we usually get here. Great job!
Some stunning shots here. Great!
You can tell this guy really loves the water and the waves (who wouldn't in Hawaii??). These are very nice photographs...he has captured some special images that are interesting both creatively and technically.
Excellent and unique.
Gnarly bro, right on!
Theses are something special.
But there's always "Blue Crush", either the feature film or the documentary which came before.
The dry tubes in the shallow water are simple amazing !!!
These pictures of natural sea water splashes are much more interesting than those artifical paint splashes over the fields...
Much more dynamic and appealing than yesterday's post..... thank you for sharing this.
Imaginative, creative vision, great technical execution.....darn am at a loss for superlatives so will just say.....fantastic!
Fantastic images! I love photography that takes us to places we otherwise wouldn't have the chance to see. If it wasn't for the tropical background, I'd have thought #3 was an ice formation.
First came yesterday's paint photos and now this; keep posting these great works DPR.
For those who love the sea, waves and this type of photography he has a great Instagram feed under username clarklittle.
Awesome shots. Keep up the great work.
Check out a film....dudes....Crystal Voyager...soundtrack by Pink Floyd...Echoes...echoes......so long ago maybe you won't bother......
I can't believe he can get these shots...shore break is a very powerful wave, sand in your pants time.
Thank you for sharing....and it looks like DPR will be posting on the weekends...
Sometimes i couldn't understand DPR's choice of photographers to present on weekends. Here, i don't scratch my head.
I could not agree more. These are not forced "art" and are so well done. The best series in some time.
Wow, fantastic images.
This is Photography, thank you dpreview staff!
Great images! I saw this guy on TV and as surfer myself, I can confirm than he is a bit crazy and sometime must take some very, very hard beating.
That's an impressive set. Quite a lot of stuff that I've not seen before. Particularly waves breaking against the sand and the view towards the palm tree through the waves
Superb moments indeed. As for EXIF,can we for once not turn everything into a gadget discussion? If you think you'll have a use for those settings, you can work them out yourself.
Yes and i suspect that each wave and lighting might need its own settings..
Great photos, but EXIF info would help the ignorant to figure out camera settings.
Fast shutter, average iso, small aperture.