Lifeguards, are there to support you

Sydney June 2013 – April 2014 (3 images)

Australians are a summer lovin’ bunch in general, and for many summer means the beach. And the love for the beach often extends into the winter. There are some important things about beach safety that should be remembered though, regardless of the season.

Slippery when wet

Caution: Slippery when wet*

I went wide with a 35mm prime lens for these ones.

Do not go near the edge

Danger: The Earth is flat.

*In the interests of avoiding a lengthy term in prison, yours truly did not loiter around the female toilets for long, but did wish there had been some female surfers that day. Candid photography is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

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Australian beach safety


61 thoughts on “Australian beach safety

  1. Some really lovely shots here. I love the 2 older people at the beach and the expression on the surfer’s face. Can’t decide whether he’s cold or tired. And he’s heading for the ladies πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much. On my walk I passed that couple a few times, and when I saw them stopped, I knew it was time for a photo. πŸ™‚
      The surfer wa probably cold and tired, but they can never talk their eyes off the surf. He’s looking out to sea.

    • Thanks Indah. Yes, it’s winter, and yes, these guys surf even in winter. Because there are less people out there, they get longer and better rides, except that it must be freezing. πŸ™‚

  2. Great captioning of your photos, Dragon. A bit cheeky captioning, too. Clever as always. You know, I think you might have come across as a bit suss even approaching the men’s toilet with a camera in hand πŸ˜‰

  3. Uhmmm….lots of questions here….is that man washing his surfboard in the women’s showers? Is that man taking a picture of a man washing his surfboard in the woman’s showers? If that’s the men’s showers, then why is there an entrance for females close by?

    Love these candid shots, but especially love the “danger do not go near the edge” sign. πŸ™‚

  4. and you never know what you’re gonna get in Dragon’s blog πŸ™‚ Great B/W images, Dragon. Love to see more Sydney beach photos πŸ™‚

  5. The oldies make me worry about time’s passing … The bloke in the wetsuit: does everyone go under the shower carrying his surfboard ? The W/S is gorgeous: I just LOVE it !

  6. What wonderful pictures, I really like the two last ones.
    Take a shower with is surf, maybe he can sleep with too πŸ˜‰
    Have a nice week my dear Draco πŸ™‚

    • Surfers are a very dedicated and determined bunch. I once worked in an office near a beach and one of the guys kept a surfboard at work. πŸ™‚
      Thanks Sophie, and have a great week too.

  7. kuujinbo says:

    Nice, you should use the 35mm more often. πŸ™‚ Noticed the other sign before the titled sign with the surfer, and thought *that* was an interesting location for him to check out….the surf….or maybe waiting for his partner?

  8. awesome story in photos as usual, Lignum πŸ™‚ happy you didn’t get arrested in order to be able to present it here LOL πŸ™‚

    your photographic vision never stops to amaze me… I’d think 35 mm would be your choice in the city more often, because there you don’t have too much space and wider agle comes in handy… yet there it is, when there is more space, adding so much context yet again…

    • Thanks Alex. I started with a 50 and practiced with that exclusively for months. Now I alter between 35 and 50. In the city, shooting close, 35 gives context but 50 gives close detail. Hope you’re having a good week.

  9. Always love your candids and I especially love that first shot! All you need now is a wet suit to join in the winter fun…maybe that would attract the ladies! πŸ™‚

  10. I’m very glad you sensibly realised hanging round the female toilets might not be wise! πŸ˜‰ It is strange you don’t see many women surfing, but maybe it’s because they question taking risks more than a lot of men do. I question risks so much, I almost manage to avoid life!! πŸ˜€

  11. He is looking forward to…you can just see how eager he is! Do those suits provide some warmth and keep you dry? I’ve never been out diving or surfing. I am a “wimpy kid”

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