Steven Clarey: Where the action is
Steven Clarey is an extreme sports filmmaker and photographer, as well as a rollerblader, bodyboarder and self-confessed technophile. In February, he made a trip to Mozambique to test the LUMIX GH5 in a surfing shoot with professional surfer Dion Agius.
The beauty of 6K photo is that I can make sure the image I extract is the perfect moment, when everything comes together in the composition.
LUMIX GH4 with Leica 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 shot at ISO 1600 1/250 sec f/5.4
He discovered his passion for photography during his Film & Media course at the University of Wales Trinity St David. ‘I was quite late at starting with photography. During my study, I borrowed a camera from the university and shot a film of my mates surfing. It really felt true to me, I loved it.’
From filming and photographing his mates, he gradually progressed to other extreme sports. ‘It felt like a logical progression. A lot of my friends do extreme sports, like skiing or rollerblading. I used to rollerblade myself and I also bodyboard. So I know a lot of people doing extreme sports. That’s how I came in contact with brands that associate themselves with these kinds of sports.’ Steven explains his success: ‘It’s all about just being there, putting your work in front of people, being at the right place at the right time. It’s also really important to be positive. I see the good in everything and always try to think in terms of solutions.’
I used an underwater housing for this shot, but the compact nature of the GH5 meant it was still easy to handle in the tide.
LUMIX GH5 with LUMIX 7-14mm f/4.0 shot at ISO 200 1/1600 sec f/5.6