Guy MacIndoe

Published 1/1/0001

Where are you based?

I'm based between Auckland and Great Barrier Island at the moment.


When did you first realise your passion was capturing surf?

It started after buying a camera from Progear and taking it with me on a few surf missions... one thing lead to another as the bag of gear got bigger and bigger.

Tell us a little about your shooting style.  What inspires you most to pick up the camera?

I shoot what’s in front of me at the time. I get inspired by watching new action sports movies, surfing, Motocross, snowboarding, skating and also wild life docos. Weather systems are also a big inspiration when it comes to surfing, when you see a big storm or a swell coming your way it gets you frothing to document it. Also, you can't beat the feeling you get when you know you have the shot.


How do you feel about small action cameras?  Do you think they’ve made getting the shot more accessible?

GoPro's have changed the world, go buy one!

What gear do you use?

I try to keep my bags as light as possible! At the moment you might find in my bag:

Body - Canon 7DII, 7DmkI

Lenses - Tamron 150-600mm, Canon 10-20mm, Canon 24-105mm, Sigma 50mm


Tripod - Miller Compass 12 on carbon sticks

Aquatec CO-7 water housing



And let’s talk for a minute about tricks of the trade.  What’s the one essential you always have with you (not necessarily ‘camera gear’).

A good pair of board shorts!


Where’s your favourite spot to shoot?

I like shooting places that I've never been to before and finding new spots, it's always interesting and makes you work to get the shot.

You're doing a lot of traveling, any highlights?

Meeting new people and getting to fit some fun waves into my travels. Ireland, Hawaii and Peru would be the best spots I've been to in the past year.


What’s the craziest thing you’ve done so far to ‘get that perfect shot’?

Getting chased by a pack of dogs while filming in Indonesia, I had to fend them off with my tripod!

What does a day in the life of Guy MacIndoe look like?

Alarm goes off at 5:30; coffee; if I have a job I like to get up early and make the most of the morning light. I prefer sorting out edits and emails early in the morning too, then I can make the most of the day whether it's working, surfing or fishing.

What’s on the horizon for you?  Anything you’ve been wanting to try?

I'm working on capturing some new angles by using a camera housing and shooting more from the water. Hopefully I will also be able to do a few more trips overseas to document some big swells over the next year!


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