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Carved Turn

By brian1208
Still experimenting with my 400L f5.6 for kite surfing I've upped the ISO to keep the aperture a bit smaller - this is f9.0 for 1/1600th sec. The DOF looks better to my eye and the shutter speed has frozen the spray nicely.

That's my take on the shot - what do you make of it?

Tags: Dorset Spray Christchurch Kite surf Avon beach Sports and action

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SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
18 May 2008 6:34PM
The water looks good. The focus on the arm is a bit soft (or more likely vibration?) but I would have liked to see his face. That said, I'm no way a sport's photographer and though I can begin to imagine the problems, I don't really understand!

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randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2008 6:58PM
I like the way the water drops are frozen and the vibrancy of the colours. I agree that it would be better to see the surfers face.

Where I also feel the shot could be improved is the intangible aspect of how it portrays the sport. I know that it's an enormously physical sport, controlling the kite, but that is not apparent from this shot. If you can get that tension in the body then IMO you'll really have got it.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2008 7:14PM
Thanks for the feedback both of you, I must confess I was concentrating on freezing the water but I see both of your points.

I've uploaded another shot (as a variant) taken a few seconds before he turned away from me which I think may show what you were talking about?
18 May 2008 8:33PM
I prefer the face shot although I would like to have seen more 'extension' and action. The detail and clarity is very good. Would be interested in your comments on a couple I have loaded.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2008 10:09AM
Thanks Gary
SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
19 May 2008 6:29PM
This is much more engaging! Ideally, I think it would have more above to tell me about what is going on - but the splash here is very stylish and the face and figure suggest concentration and athleticism.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2008 7:06PM
Thanks Sue - I'm finding that's always a problem with kite surfing - do you show the kite and lose the person or leave the kite inferred by the action and the the effort and skill of the kiter.
ZakBlack 10 105 14 England
20 May 2008 9:11PM
These shots demand action and high octane energy to make an impact but to me they are lacking. Unfortunately when we turn up at a shoot we can't create waves so have to keep returning to the same spot until a shot appears. You look like youv'e got to grips withthe technical side of things so keep shooting. Ive tried these type of shots myself with a 200 but its not long enough and even if it were i still haven't took an action shot i'd be happy to post.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
21 May 2008 1:56PM
Thanks for that Jason, yes, I agree re: the action. As I said, this was about experimenting with the speed / aperture equation to get best detail.

I have a "Bucket full" of shots of inverts, wave jumps and tricks etc so timing the action isn't the problem - its getting the best out of the lens technically that is exercising me at present Smile

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