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riders off the storm

riders off the storm
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/9.7, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-23 15:43
Viewed: 1971
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
«Riders off the storm», second photo of my summer series, is about surf witch first known occurrences are connected to the ancient Hawaiian tradition of "he’e nalu", meaning "wave-sliding".
For this ancient Hawaiian culture, the sea had an attached persona, which could reflect emotions. A good day of surfing required the proper waves, and in order to convince the sea to provide these waves, Ancient Hawaiians relied on Kahunas (priests) to pray for good surf. Kahunas would engage in ritual chants and dances, with the intention of pleasing the sea to provide the people with surf able waves.

In those days surfing was a training exercise meant to keep chiefs in top physical condition. Furthermore, surfing served also a system of conflict resolution. Members of the affluent class would test their skills in fierce competitions, during which wealth, pride, and even romance were at stake.

Surf has also his own culture associated to a particular way of life and values. Today surf culture largely perpetuates the early Hawaiian attitudes and values as being a spiritual and soulful experience. However not all surfers are either like this or perceived to be like this. This more 'connected' surfer is referred to as a 'soul surfer'. Soul surfing is a lifestyle that is focused on surfing for pleasure and the joy of being close to nature. Soul surfers live by the coast and spend as much time as they can in the sea sharing the experiences with their mates (*).

Whenever I saw surfers arriving at sunset, summer or winter, to the place where I usual spend my weekends and vacations, hearing the waves in deep, an old song written in California (one of «surfer’s paradises») comes to my mind. Not being a song about surf, in my mind it is. By the way it was this song that inspired the title of the photo I present you today:

«Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

Do you remember it?

(*)Information on text from www.clubofthewaves.com

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Meu querido JMB
I do remember that no doubt.Wonderful B&W capture,great mood...off the storm.
Congrats dear friend.
Grande abraço de PARABÉNS!

Olá José,

Absolutamente perfeito. Directamente para as minhas favoritas.

Parabéns e obrigado,


Boa noite jose
full of mood. It´s great to surf and belive we are riders. Great b/w and I love That guy is getting out to oppose the three riders arrived. Wonderful note.
My regards

Hi friend!
Nice composition and B&W work.

Hi Jose. Wonderful shot, the near silhouetted surfers against the rolling waves. Complemented with excellent Photographers Notes. And yes I remember the song, The Doors around 1971. Thanks for sharing.

Regards Phil.

ciao Jose..
it's wonderful indeed!! compo is superb.. the scene looks taken by a movie.. the walk.. the wave.. the light!! everything looks really moodly! excellent, my friend.. with a great note too!! thanks
ciao Marco

Hi Jose;
excellent capture of the momment;
nice b/w shot; gives special mood,
I like the title - everything is understand;
great work;
regards Karolina

Bom dia Jose! Amazing scene. Wonderful POV. Good light and shadow. Very original composition. Saude!

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-08-24 1:23]

Dear José,

What a wonderful note about
"Riders on the storm"
Beautifully Captured.
Friendly Greetings

Good Morning Jose
Wonderful capture
I love B & W colors
Have a nice Sunday

Hi Jose,
sepia colors and perspective are wonderful.
Excellent composition and details..TFS
Good have WE.Greetings

Ola dear friend Jose.
Excellent black and white image, what shows the scene in the backlight very well.
Sure these boys enjoing the summer at the beach.
Girls will love to watch them too.
Have a nice sunday dear friend.
Regards from Jan

How to forget such words and song???
Wonderful moment captured and perfect words
a good work dear friend
perfect tones and shadows

Have nice sunday

Hi Jose,
A very good silhouette shot !!
Great silver-like presentation in b/w.
Great job done.

Ola Jose

Belíssimo visual, eu adoro este tipo de fotografia
são muito bonitos.
ainda mais feitos em b/w, são um classico!
excelente visual, perfeito na foto e um belo postal
Parabens, uma excelente realização!
A musica é perfeita para o tema.
Aqui seria - Cavaleiros das ondas.


Great taken from the one black and white's rider. Con amicizia.


Hello Jose,

Nice lighting and fine contrast in photo. Well done!

Malik & Mary.

Hello Jose,
I very much like this wholesome b&w image. Very well exposed with good contrast. A feast seeing stud muffins carrying surfboards to the shore. Greetings! Danilo

Hi Jose
In some situations we are very sorry for what I do not know better English language.
You are fantastic photographer, and myself are very sorry that I can not give a more realistic critique of your pictures!!
Great shot and fantastic note

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2008-08-24 14:29]

hi José,
this is a really beautiful picture, the black and white increase the poetry of the image and the words you have vritten make the rest, great work y friend
kind regards

Great b&w picture - contrast is perfect: the tonal range is smooth and complete.
I might have been tempted to clone out the bottle and boy to the right of the picture, to maintain the focus on the surfers, but thats being really picky.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Jose,
Very nice composition and action shot, nice silhouettes and beautiful waves, nice contrast in black & White, lovely picture..

looks like a lovely day at the beach for this 3 surfers.. a lovely silhoutte of them.. lovely shot in black and white.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-08-25 0:52]


quelle belle image, superbe, ces vagues en NB avec les personnages sont superbes, quel effet, de toute beauté.

Bravo et amitié


Ola dear Jose
Marvelous B&W photo, full with atmosphere and dengerous fillings. Thanks for the explenations and verses.
Best wishes my friend

Jose Hi:
Marvelous b/w with an excellent expression of mood. Wonderful PoV and details.
Thanks for the excellent note.
Congratulations, very nicely done, my friend

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-08-25 7:44]

Hi Jose...
Very nice and original scene and really a very good B&W shot!
Great natural lighting and beautiful tones and contrast...
Well done,

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-08-25 7:56]

Greetings Jose ;)
Impressive B&W...
J ;)

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-08-25 8:00]

I like the B&W capture Jose, That is beautiful view in the photo. That sea, sand simply ingeniously. A wonderful detail and composition.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-08-25 9:18]

Hi Jose,
This B&W is perfect for tthe subject, backlit and mood!
It gives at the scene a great sense of timeless!
Excellent composition with a good rendering of movement. Thank for the note!I believed that surfing was a modern sport, so I am enjoyed to know about attitudes and values, spiritual and soulful experience behind this!
Bravo! Annie

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-08-25 9:59]

nice photograph with those silhouettes which predict their aim

Hi Jose,
Beautiful seascape shot...
Backligth shot is very impressive.
Wonderful silhouettes.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

  • jazmin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 815 W: 57 N: 311] (12)
  • [2008-08-25 11:04]

Hi, Jose!

Nice mood, with interesting note. Excellent BW work.


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-08-25 11:35]

A wonderful picture filled with mood. I love the tones. TFS and have a happy day!

boa tarde Jose,
grande foto del vostro paradiso personale, le onde sono un capolavoro
grazie di tutto

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-08-25 13:45]

Hello Jose,
Very beautiful atmosphere in the picture. The details are only wonderful here. Beautifully! I may wave the light on the points of.

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-08-25 14:07]

Olá José,

Gosto muito da foto, adoro o p&B o angulo, a honda, acho que está tudo no momento certo. O titulo encaixa lindamente!


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-08-25 15:29]

Hi Jose, it's simply beautiful!! your shot has the force of waves, the light is great and I like the dynamism of silhouettes and their sharpness. Compliments!
Ciao, cinzia

Another scene from a movie Jose.
Great classic B/W film set on a beach.
Life is wonderful from a beach.
Great times.
Well done.
- Vincent

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-08-25 17:11]

Olá José,

Magnifica fotografia, Suberbo enquadramento e composição. A escolha do B&W está brilhante.

Faz referência a uma das musicas que mais gosto dos Doors.

Muitos Parabéns.


Nice semi silhouettes Jose. A fine POV and good tones, I like the puffs of dust from the feet of two of the surfers, well done,

Hi Jose,

I remember 'Riders on the storm' :) great mood for this shot.
I like everything about it - the framing, great lighting and the tones.
A shot full of life!
Thanks a lot,

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-08-25 20:21]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful clarity and sharpness to the timeless summer image.
Love the younger boy running from the giant wall of white water.
Regards, Tom

Hello Jose!
Wonderful scenery! Beautiful B&W contrast, lights nad details! Nice title! Interesting note!
TFS, Best regards

merhaba my friend jose
excellent black white picture.excellent beach and composition.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi dear friend,
I must say that you are a great photographer with a great eye.
Wonderful compo from all points of view.
Perfect title for it.
I admire your style.
Best wishes,

Hi Josee,
Great artistic shot. Beautiful water action. Good choice of BW
TFS and notes
Selahattin E

Hello Jose,
Nice shot nice capture super composition, I would like to be there ... because i like the sea a lot,
My Best Regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-08-26 18:44]

Hello Jose! Wonderful shot with a very fine use of B&W, good action and composition, well done, thanks!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-08-27 5:29]

Ola jose

Superb backlighting, with good sharpness, graphism & tonal range, in this outstanding b&w beachscape. Well composed & tfs!

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-08-27 19:50]

hello Jose

I like the element of 3 here for the surfers and this B&W shot. Very strong contrast for your shot against the light in this good exposure.

tfs, bill

Two of my sons surf!!!!! One even lived in Portugal for a while, he loved it!. Now they live in Hawaii.

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  • ARGI Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 99 W: 2 N: 40] (1139)
  • [2008-08-28 0:27]

Ola Jose
Título e nota esplêndidos.
O ponto de vista é excelente.
As ondas do mar são afiadas e boas congeladas.
As figuras na parte dianteira estão prontas para montar!
Trabalho magnífico!
As melhores considerações,

Ciao Jose, fantastic B&W composition with splendid light, great composition with wonderful vawes, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-08-29 7:40]

Hi Jose
Wonderful scenery!
A very good silhouette shot. Excellent composition and action...

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-08-29 12:12]

caio jose..grande composizione..bellissimo pov..ottimo lavoro con un buon contrasto e un ottima messa a fuoco..complimenti

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-06 8:07]

Another excellent shot in your surfing series. Good choice of the BW. Solving conflicts by sporty competitions is a great idea. Alas not many cultures were/are as peaceful as this.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-11-02 16:04]

Olá José, I very much like to see your surf photos in Portugal, it seems one of Europe's best surf locations. Well composed with the 3 amigos going down for a surf. I have fond memories of doing just the same in my youth-happy days. TFS. Murray.

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2008-11-17 10:00]

hi Jose',
what an image - there's not much I can say that hasn't already been said here...
I love the light - partially cool, partially warm; the riders - young, slender, simply cool; the waves...
great "catch"!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-02-28 12:00]

Hello Jose.
Good and very effective.
Simply and nice.
Good moemnt captured my friend.
Janek Kloss

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