How Kiteboarding Photography Is Not As Bad As You Think

Kiteboarding to me all started out of curiosity.

Kiteboarding Event Photographer Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines

If you’ve tried before shooting surfers on a beach and it’s just about the same. If not, and just read on. This is my first time to experience doing a coastal shoot in this place called Puro Beach at Pinget Island, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
I arrived around 10 a.m. and I was lucky that the sky was overcast. Lo and behold a coastal local woman vendor who was busy setting up her snack store.
Halo Halo Vendor Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
Just be ready to take instant candid pictures.
youth Making Sandcastles Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
Also, I surveyed the place to find young boys building a sand castle. This is one side scene photo shoot opportunity. 
We Are Like A Grain  of Sand of the Earth
A freeze the moment … a sort of beach extract …
Siesta Halo Halo Vendor Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
When I got back to the food vending shack, the old woman running it was taking a siesta/nap.
Kiteboarding Venue Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
I strolled around to survey the kiteboarding venue … still it was too early. 
Summer Thrist Quencher and Heat Cooler Filipino Halo Halo
When I got back … the woman vendor was preparing halo-halo ..Yes! timing was just perfect during a very hot afternoon… I bought one cup of yumminess … and  …
Summer Thrist Quencher and Heat Cooler Filipino Halo Halo Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines ce Shaver Summer Thrist Quencher and Heat Cooler Filipino Halo Halo 

Coastal Fishermen Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines

after the second cup of cool halo halo … I still lingered around the cool shade of the food vendor’s shack and started shooting away … 

Coastal Biker Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
Unexpected passersby … captured by the moment plus middle framing …
Kiteboarder Testing Gear Set up

After which I saw a kiteboarder testing his gear … another photo opportunity. I just kept distance shooting with a 50mm prime lens.

Kiteboarding Ilocos Sur Puro Beach Pinget Island Magsingal Philippines

Kiteboarder Warming Up Testing the Wind

Although there were no security guidelines, I just shoot at a distance … Keep in mind that we don’t want to disturb or get in the way of the event or the participants. 

Kiteboarding Ilocos Sur

One composition approach I usually use is to reduce negative space by placing the subject matter or juxtaposing it to the interesting foreground. In this case, the parked motorized outrigger boat. The result, it fills the frame and tells more story and also adds depth – foreground (boat) – middle ground (kiteboarder) – background (horizon clouds).

Man's Best Friend BFF's
This time around, a young boy patting with his dog…Best friends forever (BFF’s) theme in the foreground… as the kiteboarders get busy in the background. Here, lots of stories can be captured in one go… just practice with lots of patience in anticipating the shot. 
Riding In Tandem

Earlier was a solo bike rider, now, it’s  motorcycle … a riding in tandem theme shot. Framing the shot between the boats adds balance and tightens the focus towards the two riders coupled with fill in the frame – juxtaposed – shot. 

Kite Boarder

My photo shoot was kinda inadvertently interrupted with a kiteboarder dropping for a cool bottled mineral water. I humbly advise that you be alert and immediately connect with a story. His tees got an event message – Get Blown!  I took a “decapitated” body shot. For privacy reasons. If he flags me down, I’ll just show him the shot and I am in a safe zone. No identity can be anybody shot. 

Spectator
I resumed shooting, this time around a bystander watching the kiteboarder do his thing.
Kitebording Venue
By this time in the afternoon, lots of people now proceed to the main venue.
Kiteboarders Ilocos Sur Puro Beach Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines
Kiteboarding participants … all hands full…
Coastal Children Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines

Captured by the moment approach again adds spice to your kiteboarding photography. I waited for the children to be in the frame as the kiteboarder at the background was strutting his stuff.

Coastal Kiteboarding Colours Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines

More people flock at the venue. The colorful mix of the kites and flags produces a cool composition. Again, juxtapositioning and fill-in the frame photography techniques were employed.

Kiteboarding National Open KTA Ilocos Sur Puro Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur Philippines

Since I was just visiting the place, I took this shot just to photo document the event venue and their official competition banner.

Bikes and Flags Kiteboarders
This is one of my favorite fill in the frame so tightly shot. Also, do look up and research street photography techniques as they also work well when photo documenting sporting events.
Puro Beach Pinget Island Magsingal Ilocos Sur
An intentional panoramic shot which is intended to get the beach landscape, the docked/parked boats, the cool food vendor shack at the left where most of the time I spent time in the shade. It was my first time to shoot a kiteboarding event and it was not bad after all. 
Next hurdle is for me to find a place to stay for the night … 
Read on and continue on my travel adventure …

~AvianQuest


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