Photographer Sean Hunter Brown remembers his first shot, standing in the water off Laguna Beach, with a cheap, waterproof, disposable camera.
A year and a half later, armed with a professional camera, the consulting arborist is discovering his hobby could become a second career as he showed off prints at the Sawdust Art Festival's preview night on Tuesday.
"I couldn't shoot a portrait shot to save my life, but I figured out how to shoot waves," said Brown, 43.
Brown's ocean photography is shot from the perspective of standing in the water. He catches the lip of a wave crashing down in front of the lens; a glimpse through the barrel shows Laguna's beaches, seaweed caught inside the translucent green water and the rocky beach floor glistening.
Although shots of water and foam might sound repetitive, each shot is unique — some focused on the sunlight glowing over a wave, others catching paddle boarders in the distance. The water itself proves mystifying enough, he said.