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Trigg Beach - Western Australia................:2thumbs: captured with the GX8 and 100 to 400......
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Like the first shot - would go so far as to suggest a vertical format crop to emphasise the downward motion which I think the landscape format weakens.
 

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Thanks for the tip wolfie - much appreciate......ironbark
Here is the photo mentioned by wolfie which would benefit from a different aspect ratio. Which one do you like best?
 

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Here are some shots from the weekend at Merewether Beach, Newcastle Australia, first go at shooting surfers.

Mostly used 1/1600, some at 1/800. All with Oly 50-150 Pro, wanting more sharpness next time. Was enjoyable shoot, can't really complain spending a few hours at the beach on a Sat arvo.

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Guy below got smashed, had no way out. At this point we would have known and be thinking how to limit the damage....

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An afternoon in the sun is always a nice thing to do, Broulee beach South coast NSW. It was dead low tide and the break was a long way out, the first couple from the high vantage point are just to far out, so i moved down onto the rocks but even then i never shifted off 400mm with the PL100-400 except to shoot a couple seagulls :)
Whilst these are all cropped 16:9 very little is trimmed from the width so you get a good idea how far away some of the breaks were.
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This guy was having a lot of fun
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Couple short of ten.... but still got 100+ to sort from today :)
 

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Here are another 10 from Trigg WA..........................:2thumbs:.....................

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hey BradS - I really like this one - top shot mate................ ironbark..........

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Hi Ironbark,

Nice shots. Images are nice and close and sharp. What lens and shutter speed did you generally use on these.

I think I will shoot at a higher speed next time. Beach is very close to me and really enjoyed first time surf shoot so definatley going back for more.

Cheers

Brad
 

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Hi Ironbark,

Nice shots. Images are nice and close and sharp. What lens and shutter speed did you generally use on these.

I think I will shoot at a higher speed next time. Beach is very close to me and really enjoyed first time surf shoot so definatley going back for more.

Cheers

Brad
I usually shoot shutter speed at 1000th second minimum and in Manual Mode. Single point focus - Autofocus Single Shot. Priority to FOCUS set in the menus.

cheers

ironbark
 

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@BradS and @Ironbark have really set the bar high and i'm not sure i'm up to the level :)
Some more from the Em1.2 and PL100-400
All using CAF-TR
Now this boy despite the boring photo showed some real talent and may be a star in the making, his friend around the same age was nearby me taking photo's with a crop body dslr and what looked like a xx-300 consumer lens.
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oops wipeout
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There's a surfer in there somewhere :)
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It got crowded as the afternoon went on...
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Here is the photo mentioned by wolfie which would benefit from a different aspect ratio. Which one do you like best?
The original.
You've really captured the explosiveness in every one of your shots. Great stuff. Congrats.
 

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@BradS and @Ironbark have really set the bar high and i'm not sure i'm up to the level :)
Some more from the Em1.2 and PL100-400
All using CAF-TR
Now this boy despite the boring photo showed some real talent and may be a star in the making, his friend around the same age was nearby me taking photo's with a crop body dslr and what looked like a xx-300 consumer lens.
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oops wipeout
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There's a surfer in there somewhere :)
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Hi Phil,

I note you say all shots used CAF-TR. I also have an EM1.2 and couldn't get CAF-TR to be useful at all. Any tips?

Cheers,

Brad
 

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Hi Phil,
I note you say all shots used CAF-TR. I also have an EM1.2 and couldn't get CAF-TR to be useful at all. Any tips?
Cheers,
Brad
Practice :)
Personally i hadn't shot with CAF let alone CAF-TR very much if really ever prior to getting the EM1.2, i have literally taken maybe 50k+ sporting type images now with CAF-TR and the first big thing was don't sweat the ones that are not in focus, you can see reviewing a set shot at 18fps that it can lose focus but can also get it back fast as well.
For sporting images that I have used it for, Tennis, Triathlon, Running, surfing, Single focus point works for me and i find if i'm also physically tracking the action that the CAF-TR will usually hold onto my target as if drifts away from the initial point.
Back Button Focus is very much your friend and this next bit was likely my best lesson and it wasn't learnt on this camera or even in the Oly ecosystem......... I was reading a a number of well written post for Canon 1dxmk x cameras that were talking about even their legendary focus tracking loosing it and the recommendations paraphrased said...
Use back button focus and be constantly prepared to lift your thumb, recenter onto your target and press the button again to acquire focus again..
This stuck and i'm gradually training myself to watch for the red square indicating lost track and to stop CAF and recenter and refocus.

This is different to BIF techniques generally spoken about which are usually saying use multiple focus points.

Most of these surf shoots i'd moved the focus square up on from center due to how i was initially framing the surfer.

CAF-Lock was set at 0, gradually getting a feel for this as well but can only suggest you try it for each circumstance.

I know i haven't thrown a set of settings at you and said this will work, sorry. My initial throw away comment of practice is in many ways the truth, the sport pro togs using high end Canon/nikon gear have likely used it for years have immense experience in shooting with CAF and Tracking far worse than the EM1.2 provides even if not up to the current generation in ability yet they just instinctively know and the newer gear just makes them look like gods but in the end it's experience and practice really making the difference
 
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