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soul surfer
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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
Categories: Action, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/10.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 11:05
Viewed: 2903
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
SOUL SURFER is the highest level, level 7 (*), the pinnacle of surfing spirituality, equivalent to Nirvana, and it is rarely attained.

The SOUL SURFER expresses himself through his unity with the breaking wave. He borrows the wave's spirit for a short while and uses his body and equipment to translate the essence of the wave's spirit into Art. Other Surfers respond to this and immediately recognize the Soul Surfer whether they admit it or not.

The SOUL SURFER is a complete master of his tools: body and board. He may train his body and practice with his board when not creating his Art, however, when he becomes one with the wave, his body and board are extensions of his mind. No conscious thought is expended upon the surfing techniques he uses to express the spirit of the wave with casual virtuosity.

SOUL SURFER often rises from sleep very early to create their Art in private, reason because very few people witness the Art of a true Soul Surfer.

It happens sometimes that a SOUL SURFER do not even realize they have attained the highest level of surfing spirituality. Those that do become conscious of their own expertise often regress to the lower level of «Whore» (level 6) --- «Whore» is a Soul Surfer who sold their soul by accepting money, drugs, sex, etc in compensation for their Art --- which sadly and paradoxically means that you will almost never see the real Art of a Soul Surfer, unless you know one personally or are lucky enough to be at the right break at the right time (*).

The SOUL SURFER is an alchemist of the waves.

(*) Complete list of «levels»
Level 6 - Whore
Level 5 - Amateur
Level 4 - Weekender
Level 3 - Professional
Level 2 - Rich Amateur
Level 1 – Quiver Baiter


(*) List and text adapted from «The Seven Levels of Surfers» by Thomas Mitchell.

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Bravo Jose
wonderful work with special Jose effect
always so nice
very good

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-09-06 11:39]

Hello jose,
The structure of the photography is excellent. Marvelous sea with the surfers in action. Good contrast and composition.
Best regards.

Olá José,
O que me impressionou aqui é a feérica iluminação que dá uma enorme profundidade à foto,
Bela apresentação, das suas melhores,

Hi Jose,
A very informative Note, together with another splendid surfing-action photo.
The water is fantastic, as is the composition in where the surfing man has the perfect position. Good presented in b/w.

Good work. Good composition.
Well done. Thanks for sharring.


Wonderful compositon and great B&W shot my friend!Bravo!

Hi Dear Jose,
Impressive work
Amazing perspective and effects
Very well done
Have a nice weekends

dear M° you are a constant surprise....
are there no limits to your knowledge and readings?? your picture is a delight to the eyes and soul especially after a day of battles with paperwork and filing (i definitely need a wife!!!!)
as always , fantastic light and movement
I'll have to take course N 2 soon!!!
boa noite, dear friend
anna, mimma and camillo
ps the neww picture on your profile is perfect
waiting for the code to proceed with our plans

expresiva cien por cien,acción y control..buenos contrastes...

merhaba dear jose
magnificent composition and black white picture.magnificent waves and surfers.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Olá José,

que boa fotografia de movimento. Parabéns,


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-09-06 14:36]

Hi Jose, really a special mood in your shot, a soul mood! Great b/w and passionate presentation.
Bravo! Ciao, cinzia

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-06 14:39]
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Ola Jose.
Excellent capture with perfect light allover.
Composition is perfect too. the Black and white is a must in this shot.!
Complements from Jan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-09-06 14:51]

Very dramatic shot Jose! Good use of the B&W, great contrasts and a fine composition, thanks!


Ola dear Jose
Excellent dynamic composition and PP work. The waves invites for surfing. Thanks for explanation,
Best wishes my friend

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2008-09-06 22:37]

hi José,
another great image very well "designed" by your "eyes", simply beautiful. Interesting and nice note too. Bravo
kind regards

Hi Jose,
Excellent action composition from an
excellent POV and with beautiful sharpness
and exposure.TFS

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-07 2:39]

Bom dia José,
Excelente perspectiva.
Tenha um óptimo domingo

Bom dia jose
I love this photo. the idea of someone come trough the sea ins this lovely postre is grea...and the sea iseems so far...and the almost silhouete of the lady looking surprised. Amazing composition. I love surf and its soul.I take some hours there. It´s magical.
Wondeful note.
My regards

love the shot, love the siluhette, great choice for bw, more that a shot, this is just a great one
best to you

Olá José!
Belíssima composição!
Gosto muito da escolha do P&W.
Luminosidade e saturação perfeitas.
Excelente trabalho.


Once again your talent for choosing just the right moment to click the shutter is apparent José.
Love the verticle comp here, I have been looking at this one a while, and it really has a calming effect.
I admire your level of artistry.
Well done.
- Vincent

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-09-07 8:26]


encore un chef d'oeurvre, quel effet, cette vague, le surfeur et le promeneur, vraiment très gtrès bien réalisé.

Bravo et amitié


Jose Hi:
Marvelous compositon, with a strong emotional feeling.
Your signature style and artistic abilities work very
well together in the successful image.
Wonderful educational and thoughtful note, as well
Congratulatins, my friend, very well composed and presented

Hi my friend. You have changed photo in your intro but you have not changed your style and your great "eye". GRANDISSIMO!


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-09-07 12:05]

Greetings Jose,I like that your subjects are in silhouette,so much more dramatic,also the posture of the surfer, you can feel his actions.Your details in the waves & surf are really sharp.Great notes to my friend.


Hi Jose
incredible series of surfers
and great note

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-09-07 15:04]

Olá José
Uma nota bem curiosa e uma bonita imagem em Preto e Branco. Boa combinação!
Um abraço, parabéns!
Do Atlântico Sul (Recife),

Hi Jose,

Another marvelous image of this serie.
Nice graphic effect - you have a great taste of it, your artwork have a soul and everyone can read it on different levels...

P.S. Nice intro-photo:)

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  • ARGI Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 99 W: 2 N: 40] (1139)
  • [2008-09-08 2:00]

Um outro retrato excelente Jose da onda!
Detalhes desobstruídos e afiados.
O POV é muito bom.
Sua nota é magnífica meu amigo.
As melhores considerações

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-08 2:25]

hi Jose

very interesting B&W effect of this silhouette style capture of surfer and wave and the dark silhouette of figure at FG

I like the contrast of this shot

tfs, bill

Great b&w action shot..look so dramatic !!

warm regards

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-09-08 6:43]

Hi Jose,
What a moment, captured so well. You've used the lighting so well. Beautiful composition to with 3 levels of waves in the shot.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-09-08 8:17]

Hello Jose,
Very interesting picture with the details…. Beautiful action of the surfer on that sea wave, mad sharpness, class picture design.
Well done.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-08 11:31]

Another great shot, Jose. The sequence of waves and the line between the silhouettes form an exquisite composition.

A wonderful effect achieved in the conversion processes Jose with the graininess and even the halo around the figure on the beach addng a nice touch. Well composed and the wave action captured well,

Hii Jose,
Another wanderful capture of the soul surfer,
Great composition and details,
Good contrast in Black in White,
nice perpective and light,
Very well done.

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-09-08 11:52]

Very dramatic shot Jose! Nice graphic effect

Ciao Jose, fascinating B&W with wonderful waves, great action, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-09-08 13:42]

Hi Jose...
Excellent capture in B&W my friend...
Well composed action picture with great contrast and sharpness.
I like how you use the water as background!

nice choice to use b&w on this composition. like the silouhettes on the waves. looks really playful. well done
on this one. compliments.

Olá José, fiquei de todo estupefacto com essa tua fotografia.
Demonstra tamanha liberdade, parece um alivio, se é que me percebe... Excelente momento aqui retratado, acompanhado com uma nota muito instrutiva :)

grande abraço.

Hi Jose,

Lovely presentation of three layers waves . . and the surfer is on the second . .
Beautifully composed in vertical format . .


Hi Jose,
A masterepiece again.
An ınteresting story of surfing. Well captured moments and sillhouettes.
Selahattin E

beautiful black and white, Jose.. another lovely shot from your series.. the silhoutte surfer at the back remind me of silver surfer of fantastic four.. :) beautiful capture..

regards, terry

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-09-09 2:16]

Olá José

Beautiful symmetry between the surfer & beachcomber, in this superb b&w image, I like the flattened perspective from the zoom. Tfs!

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-09-09 2:55]

ciao jose...grande composizione..bellissimo bianco e nero...ottima composizione...bellissimo pov....ottima descrizione..bellissima lavoro...struttura eccellente..complimenti

Hello Jose,
A very attractive action shot in b&w and vertical format. The action and positioning of the elements are well balanced. Good tone and contrast. Regards, Danilo

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-09-09 6:21]

merhaba dear Jose....
Beautiful shot and detail, lovely comp..

Hi Jose!
Amazing scene. Wonderful POV and composition. Original shot.

Ola Jose

Bravo!! Belíssimo tiro e grande captura
A forma de apresentação é fino e de muito bom gosto!
Os efeitos que a natureza nos proporciona são fantásticos.
Um belo tiro de ação neste surf.
Eu gosto das silhouettes dos surfistas.
Parabens my friend....


Now I know what to call my brother-in-law:) Excellent image, with beautiful light quality on the waves and sense of form in the silhouettes. An appealing image, and well done:)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-09-09 16:52]

Hi Jose,
Another beautiful B7W photo on the surfer theme!
I like the tight crop on the walker and surfer! Very good lead in toward the peak of the wave.
Informative and interesting note!
Bravo! Annie

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2008-09-09 22:52]

Intéressant cadrage vertical.
Bonne journée.

Ola Jose,
Belo trabalho em preto e branco,boa composicao.


ciao Jose
wonderful the light you have captured.. wonderful scene indeed!! sihlouette and forms works so well here!! excellent! bravo!
ciao Marco

Hi Jose,
Beautiful shot of a nice moment...
Shadows are fantastic. Good lightining.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-09-15 3:40]

Hello Jose,
a great BW. Lovely display of the waves in its tones and lines.
Such a unique shot and the note is very very interesting.


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-09-16 0:17]

Greeting Jose ;)
wonderful B&W photo, TFS
J ;)

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-09-17 16:02]

Hi Jose, Good to see some of your surfing compositions in Portugal. This is a creative piece of work with high appeal. As a former surfie in the chilly waters of NZ it is difficult to get the bug from your blood, so still like to see surfing by the younger guys on tint sharp boards. Your notes are fun especially the list of levels. TFS. Murray.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-09-23 3:13]

This is great!! Loved reading the note and the picture has incredible detail!! A fantastic mood to this. TFS

Hi Jose..nice shot...excellent light and details..nice work.


Buena composicion y tonos. Me gusta. :)

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-03 9:51]

Hi Jose,
beautiful moment and dinamic composition.Full of action.TFS.Necla.

Greetings Jose,

Superb sporting action captured. Looks great in B&W. Good POV and DOF used. Your note is very good too! Tfs.

Best wishes,

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-02-14 6:42]

surfing on waves of the man who looks super-position.

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