Local Lenses: A Chat with Casey Flynn

Before I knew what aquatic camera housing was, I used to marvel at every wave Casey Flynn shared on his Instagram. Not knowing if he used a really long lens or just risked it every time, he was one of the stand out local togs that kept me on my feet, constantly making me try to better my own photography – hoping that maybe one day I could marvel him with my own work.

As time and skills progressed, I noticed Casey moving away from purely wave photography to focus more on seascapes and landscapes. I'm still amazed at what this guy can snap while being the busy working man and father he is. But Casey was kind enough to spare a few moments to drop in for a chat!

So Casey, where are you based?

I'm based in Moruya Heads on the south coast at the moment.

What gear do you use?

I currently shoot with a Canon 5D Mk III with a few different lenses, mostly my Canon 16-35mm f/4 and my Samyang 24mm f/1.4 & 14mm f/2.8 for astro stuff.

How did you get started in photography?

I started off just shooting GoPro clips of me and my mates bodyboarding which progressed into getting myself a credit card to purchase my first DLSR and waterhousing about 2.5 years ago. Ever since then it’s been an endless cycle of upgrades and debt.

 "Ulladulla, what this spot does with water is unreal. Can't wait to get back amongst it one day."

"Ulladulla, what this spot does with water is unreal. Can't wait to get back amongst it one day."

What do you like to photograph?

I started off just shooting nothing but waves until last year when my beloved mistress popped out our first child and then I popped out my shoulder in a wind tunnel attempting to learn to skydive. I planned on selling all my gear and giving up shooting to pursue that as a hobby but my shoulder didn’t cope with the pressure. Probably for the best as I’d have most likely ended up a mangled mess on the Moruya runway by now. I was out of the water completely until recently, but have developed a love for astro and a bit of seascapey stuff in the interim. I definitely miss shooting in the ocean but I’ve learnt so much I never would have had I just kept shooting the same thing, over and over.

What’s your favourite local photography spot?

If I had to choose I’d say anywhere between Congo and Bingie, heaps of nice places with little to no humans.

 "Bingie, I love the serenity of the place." 2 exposures at f/16, foreground 20", sky 4"

"Bingie, I love the serenity of the place."
2 exposures at f/16, foreground 20", sky 4"

Is photography your full-time gig?

I’m a full time salesman at a telecommunications company for now. Taking photos is just a hobby for me, I try not to take it too seriously but would love to be able to do it as a job. It seems a bit farfetched for me, especially in the early days when making bugger all money with a family to think of.

What are your photography ambitions for the next year?

I just want to keep having fun with it and hopefully keep improving, especially with the astro stuff and post processing. I’m going over to Iceland in October for a few weeks which should be fun, hoping to luck out with the northern lights – I’d love to be able to tick that one off the bucket list.

 "The Milky Way rising over Dolphin Beach. 8 images stacked to reduce noise and add detail to the Milky Way. The foreground was boring so I poorly blended me and my son in for a sense of scale."

"The Milky Way rising over Dolphin Beach. 8 images stacked to reduce noise and add detail to the Milky Way. The foreground was boring so I poorly blended me and my son in for a sense of scale."

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start photography?

That’s a hard one, I feel like I’m just getting started myself. If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing though, it’d be don’t waste your money on shit gear, you’ll just have spend more money on good gear later on.

Don't forget to check out Casey on Facebook and Instagram!