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Salty Viewfinder





who am i?

My name is Cyrus, also sometimes known as the saltyviewfinder. I grew up in a family of half artists and half doctors or engineers.  This, I believe, gives me an interesting perspective when it comes to my photography and my art in general, I enjoy most outdoor activities, especially backpacking and camping, and surfing, so these are the types of things I like to shoot. I also love traveling and roadtrips and so I love being able to capture the places I travel too on film. 

Over the last couple years, I have become addicted to surf photography. Something about being able to capture such a unique moment on film just gets me stoked. You mind surf each wave as if you were on it, waiting for the perfect or most critical moment to press that shutter. Instead of infinite chances, you only really get one and that type of photography is something I want to bring back to surfing.  Only 36, sometimes 37, chances, so better be intentional. 


Why Film Photography?


Photography - specificaly film photography - has been an outlet for me over the few last years. It helps me live in the moment, and truthfully, there are times I have found myself forgetting how to exactly do that.  Shooting with film gives me a way to practice this art of living in the moment. With film I get  1 shot, 1 out of 36 (or 24) opportunities. I can't take 1000 photos of the same scene and hope 1 came out.. I need to be more intentional with each shot - more intentional with my actions. This is something try to translate into my everyday life.

Film has even taught me patience. We are all accustomed to instant gratification. You snap a photo, you see the results, post it - get likes.  With film I are forced to slow down - be patient. I have to wait until I finish the roll. Then, even after finishing the roll inside the camera I must now wait for it to be processed, developed, printed, and then comes post production - a whole new meaning to the idea of patience. Although I haven't mastered this patience thing yet, I know with more time, and many more rolls of film, that can easily change.

This website is a collection of my photos, capture on various types of 35mm film. These moments, experiences, projects, places, people, and loves - all have added to who I am today.

Thanks for viewing my work, and Please Enjoy


SLR-35mm:  Minolta SRT201, Nikonos II, Olympus RC 35, Canon Sureshot

DSLR:  Sony A7II




What I can Provide for you


Want footage of your surfing? Hire me and I can come film your surf sesh.


Have footage you want to turn into an edit? I can take your footage or take footage myself and make you a video/edit.


Are you interested in high quality, beautiful prints to hang in your home or office. Check my portfolio and see what you can find!

Photo Books

I can help take the hassle out of making a fun and beautiful photo book! Send me your photos. I print all books through

Please contact me For Pricing


Contact Me

Open to Collabs, Surf Shoots, Surf Trips, & Edits


Thanks for contacting me. I will get back to you shortly.



Ventura, California

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