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First surf trip with my first DSLR!

 
Old 03-01-2009, 08:26 AM
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Default First surf trip with my first DSLR!

<img src="http://homepage.mac.com/travisasmith/.pictures/Cabo09/DSC00523.jpg" />

Performance blows away my old ultra zoom P&amp;S in terms of speed and quality. Wife took the picture of me out in the water.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:06 AM
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Default Nice start!

Looks like you had fun!

You could also try cropping it tighter for more impact and better focus on you. Here's a quick example:

<img src="http://personal.inet.fi/surf/photography/DSC00523_crop.jpg">
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Default thx for the advice...

I haven't done any post capture processing on the photos yet.
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Default congrats... fwiw though

I dont really see a good capture here. I see a shot that could have been caught with a cheapo p&amp;s.

It also looks like you are about to fall off, but I cant say for sure since I have zero surf/water skills.

Not trying to be negative, just sharing my opinion

Enjoy the new hobby!
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:09 AM
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Default not falling, it's called a cutback...

...and this is my wife's (and myself) first attempt at DSLR pictures using mostly auto settings. I am sure as we use the camera more, we'll learn to take more creative shots.

The biggest improvement over my old ultrazoom P&amp;S is the speed of the camera at capturing pictures, my old P&amp;S could maybe get 2 to 3 shots on one wave, my DSLR can easily get 20 to 30, almost movie-like.

The difficult part of capturing a good maneuver on a wave is to take as many shots as possible when filming a surfer since you don't know what the surfer will do. Is he/she going to fall? Will I miss the critical part of the cutback? This was something the old P&amp;S had a hard time with due to it's lack of performance.
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Default told you I was clueless!

In any event.... I completely get what you are saying. The limitations of a p&amp;s are painful, and you are just starting to see some of the benefits.

Granted, P&amp;S's have a place... but shooting a surfer isnt one of them though.

Good luck during the learning process (god knows I am still doing A LOT of that myself) and best of luck riding the waves!

Keep posting pics!
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its a whole 'nother world...=] great start!
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Default A suggestion

EXIF I can see is 1/500, f/5.6, iso 125, 250mm

Since there was plenty of light, bumping the iso to 400 and the shutter to 1/2000 (essentially the same exposure level) should give a sharper capture. I'm guessing it was a consumer-grade mid-telephoto, so those settings were probably at full zoom and wide open - not ideal conditions. It's a good start - learning the settings for the conditions will only make things better. I agree with you on the speed factor. When I made the jump to my 20D, it was hard to believe how responsive a camera could be compared to a P&amp;S.
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Default wow, you are good!

Yes, it's a cheap 80-300mm tele and my wife used the "sports" mode on the camera without much thought.

We are just at the tip of the iceberg. I am currently studying the Scott Kelby books as a start. Although the Sports Section (which is what I would need for suf picts) is discouraging as it pretty much says you have to drop serious cash for good shots.
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Default The more shots you take and the more time you spend outside the "idiot" modes

the better your results will be. Welcome to the financial black hole we call photography.
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