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World class big wave surgfer Ross Clarke Jones

By Hedoman
Big wave surfer at Nazare,

Tags: Surfer Waves sea Nazare Sports and action

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
13 Nov 2017 3:14PM
Steve, I want to check something with you.

You're posting in the Critique Gallery, but - generally - the comments that engage you most are the surfing technicalities, such as the view from different points at a specific location.

From past discussions, I know that you tend to have established ways of working, and I wonder whether what you want to do is to improve the quality a little, without too much effort; or to get to the point where your images are truly saleable to the general market; or to get to a level where the pictures would be real contenders in photographic competitions of some sort?

The sort of advice you'll need is different for each, though there will be common factors in terms of quality and composition, certainly for the latter two objectives. With your figure work, I think you have placed a number of images (maybe many) in a naturist magazine, for which they're ideal: past comments (certainly from me, and I think from others) have been more geared to the stock and competition areas.

It's also useful to understand constraints in terms of budget, amount of gear you're prepared to carry, and so on.

The more you can tell us, the more we can help.
Hedoman 14 2 England
13 Nov 2017 3:52PM
Thanks Dudler.

I used to enter comps when I was in acamera club and always did very well. I did win the CPA Cornwall Photogrphic Alliance comp with best digital and best image overall over thousands of entries. However I feel comps are only for the clubbies and everything depends on what the the judges like. I have been to some major comps and seen really great images overlooked due to the judge not liking the subject. EG I saw a fantastic image of an eagle snatching a salmon in its claws which is a split second shot only to be won by a shot of a basket of flowers that could be arranged and photographed hundres of times to get the perfect image. I am not really bothered too much about selling images but I do like people to admire some of my surfing shots with the big wave wow factor.
I am still not sure which settings are the best for the action shots. I always used to use 1000 shutter speeed and 5.6 F but others recomend shooting at F8 or F11. Is used the multi focus points and always use the middle point. And use multi shot my Canon does 10fps. I used to always change ISO to what I think is best but recently just use auto ISO for the light constantling changing on a surf scene.I use A1 suervo. I dont us my mono pod anymore as this lens is very heavy so I have a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with good 3 way head.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2017 5:50PM
Judging, when past technical issues, must always be subjective. I was a PAGB circuit judge for about 20 years and saw a lot. You might imagine I was very popular at some clubs, others only had me once!!!

A monopod can be better than a tripod for sporting evens providing the monopod is stout. My 50/500 would be heavier than your 150/600 and a good manfroto monopod was quite adequate. Look on TV at the pro photographers at football, tennis and so on - how many use a tripod - how many a monopod?

No contest.

Thi shot is quite strong until you zoom in on the figure and he is very soft. I continue to suspect focus issues. A central auto focus point must remain firmly on the point of focus and drifting off causes all sorts of problems.

Your settings should be OK so I go back to focusing. I would be at 800 or 100 ISO with a monopod- f8 and suitable shutter speed with very careful focusing.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
13 Nov 2017 8:42PM
I know what you mean about the clubbies Steve.
However, any focus issues aside, this is much better than those you first posted in the Critique Gallery so I think that's very positive.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
13 Nov 2017 9:52PM
Thanks for the response, Steve.

So most of it is about the finer details, and I will leave that to the Canon experts.

Keep shooting!

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