Hands up if you like the water? To say I do is an understatement.
I am now offering services based around the Boating and any marine based sports and industries. This ranges from boat shoots, fishing, surfing, scenic, sales, social media, video, photo, documentary, diving aaand you get the point. The options are basically endless. More details are in the video below
Own a business and need to show it off to the world? Then I have plenty of options to suit. Want to capture the true feeling of a Game Fishing trip? I can be there shooting it all. Have you been on trips with your mates and are looking to capture it? I know how to do it! Water sport event won’t film itself? I can do it!
Capturing the adventure in still form is a favourite of mine, from under the water to multi layer aerial panoramas suited for canvas or framed prints. Here’s a few favourites.
One of the caves at Goat Isand
Underneath the action
Motorsport applications? No worries.
Exploration to some of New Zealands remotest coastline. We are actually in this shot.
A classic pano of home. The original copy is over 10000 pixels wide!
New Zealand love their boats. All applications are suited.
I quite literally have thousands of photos that I could add but if you’re curious for more then I suggest keeping up on Facebook or Instagram.
You can of course view my video work here on YouTube.
Creative ideas, plans and pricing are all available by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 0211297511.
There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.
In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.
Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.
-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below
– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.
– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.
– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.
– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.
– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.
– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?
-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.
-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?
-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.
Living in New Zealand is great! Doing stuff in the outdoors in New Zealand is great! Trying to get it done around the weather is not so great.
I’ve turned into a bit of a forecasting nerd. The constant reading of maps to establish what the best thing to do and where will be happening. Is there surf? Is the going to be? Will it be raining? Will that matter? The wind is usually the biggest factor and if it’s going to be onshore or off.
2016 was wet. The start of this year was dry until about mid-late Feb. Then it started raining again and hasn’t really stopped. To put it into perspective here at Omaha I have two things at my sheds I’ve noticed.
We have a row of Feijoa trees there which have a drain underneath them. In the 6 or so years I have only seen this drain run during big storms for a day or two. This year it has run steady the whole time the Feijoas have been in season.
The shed floor leaks. This is because there’s a big concrete pad dug into the ground. No big deal as it only leaks onto the floor once or twice a year in particularly damp Winter periods. This year it’s done it pretty much every time it rains.
Right now how do we get around this issue? I really have no idea, it’s the weather. It does however indicate a particularly high water table.
I do however enjoy having a flexible work pattern. No 9-5 here so I try to make the most of it. The surf came up late last week so we were on it. Saturday we somehow got skunked but it was a ripper of a day!
Sunday turned into Monday. A last minute decision saw me work most of Sunday then dive on Monday instead. Even had a pod of dolphins came say hi
As for this weather I would love to provide a solution but I don’t have one. I intend to wait it out. Or move to the tropics, I’m not sure yet.
With 2017 almost over ha! Sort of, not really. To kick off this years series of Alive In New Zealand I wanted to mix the standard editing style with more of a vlog feel. Vlogs are popular and my vlog channel is almost bigger than my main so that’s my approach.
This will make the series longer and hopefully more interesting and engaging. This episode has all the drone shots you can imagine, thundercats, spearfsihing and some mad buggers on a wake winch. Take a look at the new episode below
Long term I want to make this series an accurate representation of not just my life but hopefully a lot of Kiwis lives! With a bit of luck the next episode won’t be too far away.
Trying to come up with something motivational and/or thought provoking each week is pretty hard. Talking about what you’ve been up to in the last week is easy.
In this society which we acknowledge suffers from Tall Poppy Syndrome, talking about yourself is frowned upon especially even hinting that you may be good (or even okay) at something. So here’s the balance. Each week I try to provide something at least a little bit thought provoking…. Whilst talking about myself ha. Neat huh.
This week I don’t really have anything thought provoking but boy am I having a good time. I finally feel a little more focused and am very happy with a few of my latest little projects. Last weekend we shot off for a dive with the intent of getting some fish for the smoker. A slow start but I managed to run hot towards the end. Check it here
Sunday was a smokey day. At times, smoked fish is a huge part of my staple diet. I love the stuff but only with salt. If you use sugar on your smoked fish then you’re doing it wrong. Wrong!
So that’s it for this week. No motivation, just fun.
Each month I try to create an edit that stimulates me on many levels. One is that it makes me want to do it all over again. Another is that it’s simply a pleasure to watch. Action packed moments combined with the slower, more scenic ones are equally important.
Decembers episode has manged to make me feel those things so I won’t delay. Here is the sixth installment of Alive in New Zealand
The footage from both January and February has been shown and is waiting to be edited.
We all know the saying but how many of us walk around waiting for something really good or really shitty to happen.
We don’t, so I prefer to take it as “Be prepared for the unexpected”.
Case in point from where I have just come in from. A little (that turned into a little longer) dive at the local with the hope of spearing a Kingy. I didn’t even see one but I did mange to bag two John Dory and a Butterfish. The Dory was unexpected. Everyone loves them and it turns out, so do sharks. On my way back towards the carpark in about 3m of water I felt the tug on my gun which if you spearfish you’ll know there’s something trying to eat your catch. Camera on and swung around hoping to get it on camera only to find my line cut and all fish still in tact although one was loose and looking a little worse for wear. I don’t expect this to happen but I am prepared for it. Whether it’s going to be a great experience or terrifying one.
Back to the wharf there was some bird activity and some of natures greatest creations, dolphins. Back in the water and my best dolphin experience to date. I’ve swam with dolphins a fair few times but if you ever get a chance to do it with a mask on, DO IT! They’re a lot more banged up than you’d think. I haven’t actually seen them much spearfishing but again I was ready.
The last week has consisted of trying to get back into a groove. Scored some fun waves I must admit especially on Saturday
Sunday I was pumped to shoot a ripper of sunrise. Unfortunately my alarm setting skills weren’t up to the task and I missed it.
If you’ve been following me for a while you might know I always turn up with cameras. This is because I like to be prepared for the unexpected which is what I’m getting at here. A lot of my best videos have come from exactly that.
That’s right the work “Fuck” is in this blog posts title. I just feel I should point this out before someone else does and we can get into this weeks topic.
Thundercats! Do you even know what that is?
In short they are small inflatable race boats made to handle surf. They are South African designed and as far as I’m aware will handle pretty much anything you can throw at them.
Having seen coverage on TV in my younger years, I remember thinking how fun it looks but like most things in life that’s where the interest ended. Having paid a little bit of interest in them over the last few years and suggesting to friends about three years ago that the fastest and easiest way to get to Great Barrier Island (where we were at the time) was by the way of a Thundercat, they only laughed. I was serious.
I looked into it a little bit with a couple of friends suggesting that I would get an absolute beating in it. Well excuse me pussies but when has that ever stopped me?
Fast forward to a little while later and having picked up an ex surf club IRB I was close…. But not close enough.
One Sunday evening I was down snapping some pics of a Thundercat on the beach. It turns out it was a local boat and the co pilot was a family friend who we’d known each other for 20 or so years. In short we had a couple of discussions, a few phone calls and it was now up to me to cover the National events. No real direction, just full creative control. Just the way I like it.
So here we are at present day with four national events down and some understanding of what is going on. As with everything I do there is always room for improvement so I’m going to go a little off topic with this next part.
In 2008 I started making skimboards. Before you think of round pieces of wood please realise things have changed in 30 years and we hit rails like skating and shorebreak like surfing. Slowly at first but this grew to where my little company was getting noticed from the other side of the world. We had riders, we were competitive and this is where my interest in getting things on film came from. I wanted to do rider profiles, long videos, shorts videos, interviews, trips away to film and most of all create epic stuff.
Then late 2011 came and it practically died and not slowly. Pretty much over the course of a couple of months skimboarding in New Zealand died and I don’t even know why. I was so close to getting there. So close.
Mid 2016 came along and with my accumulation of too much camera equipment, fun toys that no one uses and my own Thundercat it was time to really work towards something cool. Thundercat Racing in New Zealand was at it’s peak a few years back. I really have no idea of the specifics but my approach to this is like my approach to anything. Simply put I want to put out better content than anyone else in the world so here’s where I stand.
I want to cover all the ins and outs of racing. Think interviews, boat set up, predictions, race recaps, bullshit, banter and of course the action. The action is what brings people in but I believe it’s the personalities and information that keeps them hanging around and sells the sport.
From Waipu next weekend I intend to get a lot more in depth which quite honestly sounds exhausting but that is the way forward. I would love to say bring the glory days back but I would like to surpass that. Plus if they ever get a chopper back in to film I want to be the one hanging out of it!