Blog for Nathaniel Harrington, @natehphoto.  

Water and Lifestyle Photography  

A life time of creating. 

Sebastian Sunrise, Winter has come.

Finally, that time of year when we start to get surf often. The other morning I swam out with a few friends during an epic sunrise with some small but fun peaks rolling through. 

Check it out. 

Chauncey (@chaunchoo) & Eddie (@specialed321) sitting in the line-up during a foggy break of dawn. 

The surf was small, but the lighting was mental. Chauncey doing what he can with it. 

Eddie Weirback doing a cutback. 

Brock Taylor (@brock_simple) has been making the drive down from Cocoa Beach to surf, shoot and hang out lately, mahalo for that dood! 

It offered up a few fun sections and with Chauncey's experience at the inlet he was all over it. I couldn't ask for a better setup. 

What!? Even a lil head dip to start out the day for Robinson. Sickie! 

Da Guys. The faces you'll see most at the inlet, and they all rip! 

I'm so looking forward to the next coming months. I feel like we have a really fun year coming on! 

Thank you for visiting, 

-Nathaniel Harrington





20 Images.

I picked 20 of my favorite images from last Thursday to share in this post. Its rare when the conditions become this unique and this perfect. I'm not even sure if it could get better than this for small wave photography.. Only time will tell.

These waves are any where from eight inches to two foot in face height. So very small, and very clean! I think there are a couple brilliant shots in here, pleased to share them with you! 

I've been working on this shot for a while now! Its been tough to get the right light and focus on a clean enough wave to show what it really looks like, this image turned out to be a very clean example of a mini tube breaking from the front. Love It! 

The colors looking down the line will keep me going back for more forever. 

A little speed blur. 

Perfect A-Frames. 

A little light through the back of the wave. 

Super shallow focus on this mini tube. 

Its pure Gold. 

I just had this printed on Canvas as an 18x24 and that piece will be posted for sale mid next week. I've named this "hallowed glass". Can't wait to see it enlarged in my hands! 

There's so much more texture in the lip of the wave when they are small like this. Which is the reason I look for these conditions! It may not be as impressive as a 20ft faced barrel, but it has characteristics that can't be compared to anything else.

Another great example of the unexpected happening. A little back wash fanned this barrel up. 


Fishermen in the background. I always wonder what they think I'm doing sticking my head into these tiny waves. 

Another new favorite. 

Another cool shot of the lip of the wave coming at me. I'm really digging this perspective. 

There's nothing like a good sunrise to start your day, so get out there and enjoy one or two a week. You'll see things worth looking at! 


I have another post coming soon of tiny surf. The day after I took these was another score. I shot at the Vero Beach Pier and got a few gems over there. I'll try to post soon. Until then, have a solid day! 

-Nathaniel Harrington

...Remeber that any of these images can be printed on several options of media including Canvas, Metallic Paper, Aluminum, Matte Paper, and Gloss Paper. They can be framed and hung. It would be my pleasure to work with you if you are looking to get some local Ocean art into your home or office. Mahalo. 


Friday Morning.

Good Morning! 

I have a fun post for you here! Last Friday was one of those winter mornings that make me really appreciate Vero Beach. My pre-sunrise swim with some very good looking Barrels. 

Have a look at what I was able to capture last week. 


For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-- the LORD Almighty is his name. -Isaiah 51:15


I'm so thankful for the beauty we have within our daily reach. We live in an amazing place. 

thanks for checking in! 

-Nathaniel Harrington

Sebastian Inlet, Sunrises and Sunsets.

Christmas break surf has been pretty fun! I was able to get a really good evening and morning mesh at Sebastian Inlet recently. The colors are what really get me! Florida has some beautiful seasons to enjoy! 

Here's the pics. 

Chauncey Robinson started off the fun with this indie air reverse. Sorry about the water spots.. :/ 

Nathan Gallagher was surfing with a fury during my sunset sesh. Every other wave that came in, he was on it displacing some water!  

Paul Reinecke doing what he does best. 

The next morning... 

Wiley Robinson getting his legs warmed up for the day with some seriously mean turns. 

My Pastor, Jim Gallagher, teaching all the groms how to lay it down proper.  

Chauncey, Indie Air Reverse with the morning light. 

It's not always my focus to try to shoot the wedging barrel that takes place at first peak, but it sure can look nice when its right! Here's Wiley tucking in on a fun backlit one. 

Wiley a second later. 

Jim Gallagher looked like he was having an "on fire" morning out there, the sky showed its color as well. 

Every once in a while this happens. Chauncey right at home. 

Such a fun time shooting with all the guys out there! Here's the rest in a gallery to wet your appetite for the next swell to come. 

Thanks for checking in! 

Enjoy your time in the water, 

-Nathaniel Harrington


The last month or so...

Hey Guys! 

Better to post about it later than never I guess... Here's a few shots that I have acquired from the past few weeks or so. Not sure which ones have been posted on Social Media, but its always more fun to see them on a larger screen anyways, right?! I've been meaning to post about this last month and all its swell stories but one thing has just led to another. So I finally gathered together a couple of my favorite shots and am about to tell you about them. So check it out! 


This is from one beautiful morning here in Vero Beach. There's nothing better than the anticipation of waling up pre-sunrise and praying that you're not getting out of bed for nothing. That first sight at the beach is either a great relief and a ton of excitement, or the just worst thing ever. This was the best thing ever. 

After getting into the water, same day as above photo, this is the reward. Perfection. 

One more from the above day. Sometimes these insiders get that foam on the face of the wave and I really like it. I'd give it a thumbs up if I could. Anyways, love the pier angle on this shot too! That was a great morning. 


This is Blake Speir. If you go up to Sebastian Inlet you can watch him rip waves with a ton of other Groms. They all kill it, blake especially. Behind the wave shots are tricky to get them to look right, I think this one turned out very well and I love that the guy in the background on the pier is in the middle of catching a 6ft Bull Shark... We watched as he pulled it in onto the sand and just about every surfer in the line-up began to yell, "Let It Go!!". That was rad. 

And this is where Blake gets it from, his dad David Speir.   You can find this shot featured on ESM's Hurricane Gonzalo update found at this URL:  Check it out and thanks ESM for all the support lately! 

And this is where Blake gets it from, his dad David Speir. 

You can find this shot featured on ESM's Hurricane Gonzalo update found at this URL:

Check it out and thanks ESM for all the support lately! 


This is from one of those days that I wish would never end. It was a Sunday morning and I had just enough time to go shoot before I went to Church. I've seen glassy conditions like this only a couple of times on the ocean. The next few images will show you what I mean. 

Glass. i've done no editing to this photo, didn't need it. 

Perfect view of the Pier. 

This is the glass I'm talking about. Reflective perfection. 

gosh, take me back to this morning! 

I have so many images from this session that it was difficult to pick out which ones I should add to this blog post. I decided on these few somehow.. not sure how. It seemed like every wave that passed by me was perfect and the shots are each different and unique in their own way. I guess these few just got my attention long enough to get them here. And thankfully its not a 240+ image blog post, cause it easily could have been. 


This will be my last image for this post. I shot this image during Hurricane Edouard and I don't think I posted much about it on the blog yet.. sorry. Again this was just perfection in surf. I got a couple great barrel shots of Dieter Humpsch this evening also. It was all just lost in the scramble to upload the photos to the computer as fast as I can so that I have card space to get back into the water and keep shooting.


Its safe to say that my instagram gets the better half of my attention when it comes to updated postings. So if you don't follow me there, you should! @natehphoto 

Thanks for checking out this evenings image uploads and please feel free to share my site and blog with friends. :) 

-Nathaniel Harrington


From Dusk till Dawn.

Hi Guys! 

Hope you all had a great weekend! I know I sure did. Sunday turned into an all day outing at the beach where I was very surprised to find some surf coming in. When I say surf what I really mean in tiny shorebreak barrels that I get super amped on! There was a little more size today than I have seen in a while which really helped the images this weekend.

I started my day at 6am sharp to get a few pre-dawn motion shots in at the Pier. I've seen a lot of people do some cool images with blur and I am giving it a shot myself. That and there's no other place I'd rather watch the day start from than in the water. :) Also, Jonny Capen joined me with his gopro and skim board for the morning photo sesh. I watched him tuck into a few barrels with the lens pointed down the line, so hoping he got some great video/photo from the morning. I shot a few images of him enjoying the surf as well. 

Here's some shots...  

Motion in the Morning. Pretty neat with the pier in the background. 

Believe it or not I really did a lazy job of going through these pics. I'm pretty tired so I passed up tons of awesome barrel shot, all of which will probably get burried into my hard drive never to be seen again. haha. Happens all to often. 

Still, I'm amped on the selection I was able to grab! 

Jonny's skimshots were fun to take. I haven't shot action in a long time! 

The contrast from morning to afternoon is pretty radical. Once the winds come up the East Coast shuts down. But, I managed to find a few spots where the storms were able to bring some shape back to the surf. I love shooting storms and less than perfect conditions more than I like to shoot perfect conditions. There's so much more of a challenge to it! Anyways, I was happy to find a few more nuggets in the day, and I am stoked to share them with you here.  

Metallic colors in the stormy afternoon are my absolute favorite. What do you think? 

I'd love to hear some oppinions on what images you guys like more! The perfect shaped of a morning sunrise, or the the tossing afternoon storm surges? Keep in mind that Morning was shot with a 10mm lens while afternoon was with a 50mm. Which gets your vote? 

Thanks for checking in! 

-Nathaniel Harrington