Karl Dalyell

Karl Dalyell

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into photography?
Having grown up body boarding at Bundeena, NSW I have always had a strong affinity with the water. My best mate Tim and I spent every moment we could at ‘Devs’ and would sometimes pretend to film each other doing tricks. Years later I am now living back close to the water in Wollongong, NSW with the aim to be out there as much as I can but now with a real camera. My love for photography started in high school taking photos of skateboarders, but really progressed when I got my first go pro a few years ago and accidentally captured a photo that brought back childhood memories of those times at Bundeena. From there the wave photography bug got me and I bought a Sony A6000 camera and Salty Surf housing. Now I am shooting with a Sony A7iii, still in a Salty and have moved from doing all empty barrel shots to mostly flares and backwash shots with the odd surfer and drone shots thrown in.

What excites you about getting out there escaping & creating?
As soon as you hit the ocean whatever has been troubling you is washed away. There is no better feeling than watching a wave form and then break. No two waves are ever the same.

Ocean photography allows for so many varying perspectives and creative opportunities. Depending on your mood and the day you could be shooting slow shutter or trying to capture the mood of the weather. There are so many possibilities.

What fascinates you about the ocean?
There is such a thrill both from being out there alone in the ocean or with friends and capturing a wave explode in front of you.

How was the Vagabond workshop at Bluey’s Beach last year, fav moments and what was the experience like sharing the ocean with like-minded people and also getting to hang out with and learning from Warren Keelan & Russell Ord?

The Vagabond workshop at Bluey’s was epic. It was great to meet and hang out with so many likeminded people. Personally, it was a big step out of my comfort zone, as I had only ever shot by myself, however, to go there and meet people who I had connected with on Instagram and also widen my network with people I now call friends.

For me, my favourite moment was hanging out and sharing stories with like-minded people. Another great part was everyone was willing to share what knowledge they had about photography and the ocean.

Warren and Russ were super helpful when it came to settings and perspectives. Even though they are polar opposite photography wise we got the chance to get up close and see how they both work their magic. Since the workshop, Russ has been available to help me with the business side of things and I have forged a great friendship with Waz and we continue to shoot together.

If there was one destination you could travel to and photograph where would it be?
How do I narrow it down to one? Top of the list is Tahiti, Hawaii and Cloudbreak Fiji.

Where can we follow your work? (Website / Social)
You can reach me at: http://www.karldphoto.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/karldphotography/

1 comment

  • Lesley: July 21, 2019

    Inspiring story Karl. I have always loved waves and really enjoy seeing your photos.

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