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By Kostas_74
My first experience photographing surfing. I note that the negative compensation here was very poor for the subject photographed.
In the course of this photo shoot I used faster speeds too, with better results but this was the best wave. Grin
I would like to have a faster auto-focus too.

Tags: Surfing Sports and action

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stevenb Plus
16 268 7 England
23 Oct 2018 9:32PM
As all the making of an excellent shot composition is good, on the down side it needs the highlight turning down and the shadow opening the smallest

Otherwise spot on


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Zydeco_Joe 13 84 1 England
23 Oct 2018 9:48PM
Good shot like the guy looking out to the right into the space nice comp.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
23 Oct 2018 10:09PM
Its a good start.

Its a very challenging subject to shoot well; you have a combination of usually bright light, a shaded surfer if he/she is in the "tunnel"; and a fast moving subject.

I assume youve used Ai servo autofocus, and tracked the surfer? If not, that what you need to do, - track by panning with the movement, shutter half pressed until the moment you want to shoot.

In the original, which I have modified, you need in fact a little bit more light to show the surfer; however, in post processing thewres loads of detail there to revover shadows to show this guy very nicely.

The other component of the mod is white balance. Its way too cool for a sunlit day, and the image simply comes alive when its set to sunny, which also benefits exposure.

Ive left the mod with the original rotation, corrected the tilt, and a small crop. A small amount of sharpening also.

Well done!


24 Oct 2018 3:36AM
I like the mods, particularly the second. And, the raw material is there. I love the rooster tail behind the surfer.

A very nice action composition. And I agree with Willie's comments.

24 Oct 2018 9:30AM
Hello Willie.

I was checking my settings and yes, I was in servo mode with continuous shooting. Additionally I also set the focus action for the back button, the same way I do for bird shots. I found that the focus on the back button was not as useful as it usually is for birding. Maybe reconfiguring it to the normal position would be better.

Very nice mod!

On exposure compensation, in this case would a positive compensation be better, or would any compensation be better?

Thanks for the assertive comments.

24 Oct 2018 9:33AM
Thank you all for the comments. Smile

This is Engenhoca Beach. Itacaré - Bahia. Brazil.

TornadoTys 4 56 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2018 10:16AM
Great composition on a difficult subject.

I have used back button AF which works well for me, however I have EOS 7Dii which has fast AF system ( which was the main reason I use 7D & 7Dii )

Many years ago I watched a YouTube video of a Nikon user who had up to 8 or 6 Speedlites on one massive bracket with radio trigger. Which was aptly named the sun !
Now I am sure the photo shoot was from a small pier so tog could get closer to the surfers.

With this he was able to get some get brightly shots of surfers.

I have tried photographing surfers when I was in Australia and it is a very difficult to get decent exposed subjects.
So your photo is pretty damn good !
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1605 England
24 Oct 2018 10:20AM
Very little to add except that I suspect that back button focus completely negates the idea of servo focus.

I should emphasise that this isn't my area at all, but the aim of servo focus is that it tracks as things happen, while back button focus aims to avoid focus altering until you press the rear button...

I am envious of the result, though!
24 Oct 2018 10:45AM

My findings go in this direction too, John. It may even explain why BF works well on a standing bird, but not on a surfer in continuous motion.

The photos were made from the sand, unbearably calling the attention of the bathers with the long lens. It was almost in the water and my filter got a bit dirty afterwards.

Eventually the nearest waves themselves blocked the surfers. A platform at a higher level would be great.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1605 England
25 Oct 2018 9:28AM
It's always nice when theory and practice match up, isn't it?
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 4:02PM
A very difficult subject and quite a successful result. back button auto focus is a waste of time with servo auto focus and, as a keen bird photographer, I wouldn't be using it for birds either. The only problem here is slight under exposure giving a flat image lacking impact visually. Easy to brighten in software.

27 Oct 2018 6:19PM
Hi Paul, thanks for sharing you experience.

I do not have good news about the autofocus of this lens, and sometimes I get caught up in inventing alternatives to deal with it. I think it takes time to reach the focus and eventually loses it in an attempt to keep track. It's a feeling of being always late. So the ability to lock the focus worked sometimes. It is a very particular situation, we can not take as a rule.


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