This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads
Over 13,000 votes were cast for Surfer Mag’s 2011 Photo of the Year contest, and the winning picture is a stunning capture, shot in Tahiti by Zak Noyle:
In an interview with the photographer, Surfer mag asks how the photo came about. Noyle notes:
It was an amazing afternoon with just my friends out in the water. There were five guys in the water with pristine conditions. It wasn’t huge, but I saw that rainbow forming. I was shooting fisheye, and I was quite close in, so I kind of kicked back toward the channel and framed it up like that. It was just a quick moment, it only lasted for two waves, and it just happened to be a setup.
You can head on over to the interview to read more about Noyle. While you do that, I’m just going to sit here and stare at the photo above – it’s just that beautiful. (Thanks to Alex Ogle for bringing it to my attention.)