I recently caught up with my old varsity room mate and Life long bud Jubs [as I know him] or better known as photographer Anton Joubert. I asked him a few questions regarding his photography and what he has been up to lately.
First a bit more about Anton;
Anton is well known on the World Pro Surfing Circuit and spent most of his time travelling round the globe taking photos of all the big surfing heroes such as Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Shaun Joubert and all the others. When not busy taking action photos he spends his time taking these brilliant traveling/landscapes images that we all dream of. He has just returned from a six week trip to the USA,Spain,Australia,Portugal and England. Next week he is on his way again to Bali for a few weeks.
How long have you been in the photography industry?
I started taking photos for the surf lifestyle industry from 2003.
Is there a specific moment you can recall when you decided “this is what I would like to do professionally?”
Although I earn a few pennies from magazines and “surf wear” companies, I am an amateur with a healthy respect for professional shooters – I often travel with them and know how hard they work (and play) to earn a living – I prefer not to do it professionaly.
Can you describe/ provide your favourite photo?
This photo was taken in Morocco during the filming of Jason Hearn’s movie “The Africa Project” (http://www.theafricaprojectfilm.blogspot.com/). The mother was trying to get the little boy to do his homework but he wanted non of it – all he wanted to do is watch the surfers – Jason took some of the SA’s best surfers to all parts of Africa looking for waves – the action was too much for this boy and he did not want to miss anything !! You have to admire the mother’s persistence; she had to get it done before sunset because there was no electricity in this settlement (witch looked so bad we named it “Sarejevo Beach”)
Is there a specific photo you feel “I wish I had taken that one?”
This photo of Janis Joplin (Hulton/Getty) during a psychedelic show – not so much about the actual photo but more about what it represents and being there – I am sure there’s some amazing unpublished photos of the hippie/rock revolution packed away in old shoe boxes never to be seen – wish I was there.
If in an emergency you are able to save only one piece of equipment, what would that be?
Nikon D3 (hope my 14-24mm f2.8 lens is connected to it during the emergency)
Which photo theme do you prefer capturing? Sport / portfolio/ wedding/ nature etc ?
What would your best piece of advice be to young aspiring photographers?
Be open-minded and take the photo!! – sometimes you plan to take some surf action shots but end up with a beautiful sunset, or planning on some macro shots you end up with a lifestyle photo – with digital you can never take enough photos – if the light is not right for what you planned, get creative, do something else, just press the button.
Do you have a blog/ website where people can view images captured by you?
I share a blog with Shaun at: http://shaunjoubert.wordpress.com/ (Shaun is Anton’s son which is currently also on the Pro World surfing circuit)
What do you regards as the best magazines to read to sharpen your skills in photography?
The European surf magazines – they really create amazing images with limited light and surf conditions.
American Photo Magazine.
Popular Photography Magazine.
What do you regards as the best websites to browse to sharpen your skills in photography?
If money is no issue – and you can go any place in the world to take as many photos as You wish to – what place would that be?
What is your favorite software for retouching?
What times during the day do you think are best to take photos?
Whenever the moment presents itself, take the photo – make it happen.
If you could buy any camera and lens, which would it be?
I have a 600mm f4, 300mm f2.8, 105mm f2.8 macro, 85mm f1.4, 14-24mm f2.8 and would love to add a 50mm f1.4 and 200mm f2 to the collection and then obviously the Nikon D4 when it comes out later this year – that would be the absolute dream setup for me !!!