We drove to Sagres on the south coast of Portugal. The swell was west, solid, masses of water moving caressed by an offshore breeze. The tide was super low, just perfect conditions. Marlon Lipke and Francisco “Chico” Alves were on it and catched a few beautiful beasts until they got smashed and broke their boards.
Proud to have contributed as a water cameraman in this Nike ad. Although I shot 8 feet waves in Ericeira with the help of legendary surfer Miguel Ruivo, the footage selected is of Laura just looking and paddling, the wave was edit in post production.
Many thanks to the photo assistant Vitor Polanovski, model Laura Crane, the prodution assistant Jorge Salgueiro and of course Page International.
Got hired to shoot a small part of a nike ad as a water cameraman. It was suposed to be around real surfing, but turned out to be about swimming, paddling, etc by surfer/model Laura Crane. The dop was great, I liked his ideas, although almost impossible to make. Shooting closeups over/under water with a 50mm with cinema resolution and no chance for croping was a challenge. I went for it “just do it” mode, but got about 20% usable takes and was sacked. They said I was a photographer and they should have hired a real cameraman, wich they did the next day. He fucked up too with 5 sessions (I had one) half the swell size, clean conditions, full resolution (crop option), etc.
Having Vitor as an assistant was really Epic, we had an instant understanding of the shoot and he didnt miss an exposure or prefocusing setup. We had good results with the 32mm, but…
Great stuff from Laura too, 16 degrees water, storm surf and despite a little seasickness, wich included some throwing up on the first day she took it very professionaly. Let´s be patient and see what the editor has to say about our footage.