Surf's up Dude! (11 Photos)

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  1. mschoelen

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    Before I say anything, C&C is always welcomed! (Please excuse the double watermark. I had done all of them by play action, and then automation did them all a second time, and I caught it at the end.)

    So for the last few weeks, ive been getting into surfing. We have this normal Friday routine. Surf, Breakfast, Pier/Shoot. First week (first day I had my board) We lost 2 beach towels to the freeway, I got stung by a sting ray, and broke my center fin on the board. After breakfast I went to the pier to shoot, and everything was better =)
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    Week 2 things were better. After eating we got to watch the US Open of Surfing.
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    Now, not to get into a long story, but I (in a quick way of words) made my way up the ladder at work. By doing this I decided I earned a day off. We did our normal routine, but this time went to Newport Beach (10 min south of Huntington.) Deffinatley some better waves this week. While I was there I met a guy shooting the surfers as well, but he had a 600mm canon lens :eek: , which oddly enough he was shooting with a 30D. Come to find out that his bag with the Mark II and 70-200 was stolen (fcuk thieves), so he was left with the set up I saw.
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    8. This wasn't really a good one, but she was tearin it up all day.
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    9. This guy was one of the 2 best out there.
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    I almost forgot some people like to know the setup.
    Nikon D50, Quantaray 70-300.
    I get my canon setup today :) So all my old stuff is going up for sale.
    Like I said C&C Welcomed. Thanks for viewing
     
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    Please never use that thread title again...
     
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    how does this help him????


    The pics look great. Some of the pics are a little drab colorwise, this can be fixed in photoshop.. Main thing i'd do in the future is just work on color.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but now that I have lightroom it will be easier to edit the coloring. That day was cloudy and gave out the dull colors, the last day the colors came out nicely naturally imo.
     
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    Radical dude!!! Play with the colors to bump them up. If the girl was a hot surfer all day you need to keep on her as she was shredding and carving. Some images of her kicking back on a power ride would have been nice or a jump-up to catch a wave with the look of "I want this wave" on her face would have been nice. Don't be afraid to put on a wet sut and get in the water with the action. :mrgreen:
     
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    Good stuff. Only thing I'd do differently is crop out the other dude's foot on the left of pic #2.

    Depending on how sharp the original photos were, I'd like to see an experiment in cropping a lot closer, like just showing the surfer and board in #3 but not much else. See if you can catch some facial expressions or better show the body movements needed to pull off a good wave.
     
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    9 and 10 are the best. 10 would be EXCELLENT if the surfer wasn't cropped off at the top. Good job. I can totally see the challenges that you surfer photographers have. To get the beautiful blue color of the ocean you have to shoot in the day and get harsh shadows. To shoot on a cloudy day you have to deal with dull looking water but no shadows! I guess this is where Photoshop becomes your friend!
     
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    prodigy2k7 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Your sig is huge...too big!

    Great shots! I have EF 75-300 crappy lens from canon :p I can get some decent shots (rarely), not sharp at all, but still fun to do!...

    This is where continuous shooting helps sometimes.
     
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    Wow, I thought the pics were great. Did you take all these with the Quantaray. How do you like it. I was considering getting this lens. I just bought a Sony A300. How far were you from the surfers?
     
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    Allow me to C&C :D

    1. ....hot
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    2. uber hot...
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    3. meh, he's ok...
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    5. he is fabulous in yellow...
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    6. yummy.....
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    nice shots hehe
     
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    Kimberly 81................you are too funny!:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    All of the shots were taken with the quantaray 70-300. The lens is OK for the $$$, but if you have more money, i would go something a bit more sharp. But the colors came out ok, I just bumped a few of them, I was surprised that the colors even came out as good as they did. I was probably about 40-75 yards deending on the shot. There is a jetty in Newport so I walked out halfway out on that to get some of the better shots.
     

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