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Interview with Roger Sharp

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07 October 2014

Posted by Sally Hart

Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

I’m Roger Sharp, normally known as Sharpy, and I’m a professional surf photographer. A rare breed of shutterbug that half live in the sea.

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

ANothing too weird happens in the sea. It’s always exciting and sometimes dangerous but rarely weird.

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AHistorically Canon from my first manual AE1-Program film camera in the mid 90s through to the EOS 7D MKII which is on pre-order. I’ve been using the Sony mirrorless system a lot in the last year. The NEX7 and the new A7S are phenomenal cameras. Favourite set up is the 7D in my waterhousing with the 8-15mm Canon fisheye lens. As swimming and shooting in tubes is the best part of my job. I also love using the Sony’s on my old school manual focus Canon 800mmFD bazooka.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

AWork on taking good photos not on accumulating Facebook followers. My second tip would be follow me on Twitter ;)

'These kind of shots are really hard to achieve. It’s rare to have water with such clarity. A lot of photographers shoot duck dives from the side at a shallow angle. The key is ... Read more

'These kind of shots are really hard to achieve. It’s rare to have water with such clarity. A lot of photographers shoot duck dives from the side at a shallow angle. The key is dive really deep before the wave comes and be coming up underneath the surfer to get the cool angle.' Read less

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'This was from the winter storms at the start of the year. This made a wraparound front page spread on the Western Morning News. They saw the image and wanted it. I pointed them... Read more

'This was from the winter storms at the start of the year. This made a wraparound front page spread on the Western Morning News. They saw the image and wanted it. I pointed them to Picfair. Too easy.' Read less

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'From the same shoot as 'Irish Gold' above. Just a perfect little wave on a glorious Irish morning with one of the locals pulling into the tube.'

'From the same shoot as 'Irish Gold' above. Just a perfect little wave on a glorious Irish morning with one of the locals pulling into the tube.' Read less

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'I love this shot. But I’d completely forgotten about this helicopter shoot I did in Scotland at an O’Neill surf event. We had the helicopter for half an hour, as they’re obviou... Read more

'I love this shot. But I’d completely forgotten about this helicopter shoot I did in Scotland at an O’Neill surf event. We had the helicopter for half an hour, as they’re obviously a bit expensive, and just whizzed from Thurso (awesome surf break) down to Dunnet (most northerly part of mainland Britain) and back. The pilot was nuts. We flew across the whole headland you can see there at sheep scaring height then as he came over the cliff at top speed grazing the grass he pulled up into a huge turn. It was mental. Fun. But terrifying.' Read less

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'I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Orkney islands recently. It’s so far out from civilisation and you can guarantee no other surfers. So it’s a perfect place to explore an... Read more

'I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Orkney islands recently. It’s so far out from civilisation and you can guarantee no other surfers. So it’s a perfect place to explore and work on adventure photography. The water and air is so clean it’s a tonic.' Read less

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'A shot grabbed with a Canon G10. I’m a big fan of small powerful cameras. Canon we’re doing it really well with the G series but Sony are just whipping them now with their A ca... Read more

'A shot grabbed with a Canon G10. I’m a big fan of small powerful cameras. Canon we’re doing it really well with the G series but Sony are just whipping them now with their A cameras. I just love the composition of the moving train and the commuter.' Read less

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'Shane Dorian is a legend in surfing. This is him at big Backdoor on the North Shore of Oahu. It’s a pilgrimage all surfers and surf photographers need to make at least once in ... Read more

'Shane Dorian is a legend in surfing. This is him at big Backdoor on the North Shore of Oahu. It’s a pilgrimage all surfers and surf photographers need to make at least once in their lives for the winter season.' Read less

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