9 Palms, Baja

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The Story:

9 Palms is world-famous surf break located on the East Cape of the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Despite it's popularity, there's very little development that surrounds it. You drive a rough dirt road through a desert like landscape to arrive at this iconic spot which could be easily missed aside from the group of surfers bobbing in the ocean marking its presence. A tent village has been established on the shores whose population ebbs and flows, much like the tide, depending on the swell. I happened to be here on a day with a smaller swell which is why I chose to shoot it from a very low vantage point. By shooting low to the ground, I could make the surfers stand out on the horizon, much the way they look when you're on your board paddling out. The benefit of small waves is that it creates a more playful vibe, both in the water and on camera. Long boarders were out, trimming their boards and hanging ten. I rarely shoot at high noon, but that's when I happened to be here. By overexposing it softened the harsh light and made for the perfect pale blue where sea and sky merge, separated only by the wave. 

{Shot on Nikon D800 with Zeiss 50mm lens, May 2013} 

This image is printed on heavyweight museum-grade archival Hahnemühle Cotton rag photo paper with archival pigment inks.

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