Ben Gallop Photography: Blog en-us (C) Ben Gallop Photography (Ben Gallop Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:12:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:12:00 GMT Ben Gallop Photography: Blog 120 120 Benny B Barreled There have been very few, if any, surfers to come out of North Carolina who could hold a candle to the surfing of Wrightsville Beach's Ben Bourgeois. Benny B has been a legend for the 25 years I've been surfing. I've surfed with him a couple of times and spoken in passing a few others. So, it was pretty fun to get an opportunity to chat with him earlier this week and to shoot some pics of him in some pretty solid shore break here on the Outer Banks. Here's one of the many waves that he owned that morning.

(Ben Gallop Photography) Barrels Ben Bourgeois Cape Hatteras Nikon Nikon D500 Nikon Photography North Carolina OBX Outer Banks Surf Photography Surfing Waves Winter Surf Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Nikon D500 v. Brett Barley I've been shooting with Nikon equipment for as long as I have had cameras. I lucked into a Nikon D7000 a few years ago, and it has been a trustworthy and solid camera. Speaking of luck though, I was recently able to get my hands on a Nikon D500 at a very good price. So far, I am impressed beyond words. When shooting surfing, the 5fps frame rate and 7-9 shot buffer of the D7000 could be limiting and it took a lot of experience to know when to let off the shutter button so as to not have the camera lock up while writing the buffer. With the D500, the problem is completely different. The 10fps frame rate with a 200 shot buffer for 14-bit raw lets you shoot and shoot and shoot more. Then when you get back to edit, you've got an enormous number of photos to review, catalog and edit. It's a good thing that the rest of the D500's abilities make the edits necessary minimal. The focusing system and color rendition are pretty amazing without much modification. We had a good swell this week and I had a chance to test the D500 for the first time in solid surf one morning. Here's a 60 shot sequence of my friend Brett Barley getting barreled and packing a second closeout barrel on the same wave. He's got his GoPro in his mouth and Asher Nolan is shooting from the water for the first barrel, so hopefully we'll get to see their point of view soon.

(Ben Gallop Photography) Barrels Brett Barley Cape Hatteras Nikon Nikon D500 Nikon Photography North Carolina OBX Outer Banks Surf Photography Surfing Waves Sat, 28 Jan 2017 02:26:32 GMT
Wave of The Day -- Hurricane Gonzalo I've #surfed for a pretty long time now... 23+ years... Over those years I've met a lot of people in the water, on the beach, in surf shops and hanging on fishing piers... Most were friendly (some were jerks), but rarely more than passing acquaintances... Maybe it's because I don't charge hard and don't look much like a surfer... Anyway, since I have been on the #outerbanks it's been different, particularly since I started taking pics... I've made a lot of new friends and I really appreciate seeing them all in or around the water... I've only run into Chad Speedy a couple times, but he is a serious charger and always a pleasure to chat with in the water or on the sand... So, it's a pleasure to post this sequence of him on the wave of the day during #hurricanegonzalo back in October...

(Ben Gallop Photography) Buxton Cape Hatteras Chad Speedy North Carolina Surfing Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:05:33 GMT
Fort Raleigh 10 Stop ND Filter Sunset A couple of years ago I bought a 10-stop ND filter with the intention of taking a particular photograph I had in mind. I never got around to it, but lately I've seen a number of 10-stop photos by others that reignited my interest in trying out the 10-stop filter. I tried on a sunset a couple of nights ago, but the colors never popped, so the shots were disappointing. I tried again tonight and initially thought the same thing was going to happen, then I turned away from the sun and saw the clouds behind me were getting lit up much better than the sunset itself. The 10-stop takes a bit of work and time to take a shot, but I redid every thing and turned the camera around. Here is the result:


Ben Gallop Photography: Night Divides the Day &emdash; Violet Silk              Ben Gallop Photography: Night Divides the Day &emdash; Daylight Slides Away...

While that shot was going through 2-minutes of exposure, the clouds began to clear in the direction of the sunset. So, I turned back and setup again facing the Sun. Overall, I think these turned out pretty well for a first go with the 10-stop filter. I will definitely be using it more often. 

(Ben Gallop Photography) 10-stop Croatan Sound Fort Raleigh Outer Banks Roanoke Island sunset Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:12:30 GMT
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