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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 45 Winner

The winner of Week 45 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Tyler Ramirez (@zyyler). There's a split second of perfection in every wave but sometimes you need a camera and a bit of luck to capture it. We're printing Tyler's winning photo on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the #52weeksofnature T-Shirt Section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Newport Beach, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7 III
Lens: Sony 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1500
Aperture: f6.7
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Not really. I had just picked up that lens and it was my first time shooting in the water with it. I waited for the light to be right and got lucky.

How long have you been shooting?
I've been shooting since 2011.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Waves, without a doubt. Anything related to the ocean really, whether it’s surfing, empty barrels or landscape. I'm also into architecture.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Alaska during a big swell.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Craig Stecyk, Chris Burkard, Ray Collins.

What excites you about photography?
Literally everything about it. The endless amount of perspective and ever changing light will always be an exciting challenge. I also enjoy the fact that photography is super individualized in style and aesthetic. No one can really win at photography, it's all perspective.