Surfin' Nikkors

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by RnR, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    A few months ago, a good mate suggested that I tag along to a surfing photo session organised via I had just taken delivery of a swanky new Berlebach tripod, and I had never done this kind of photography so I was keen. The meet was supposed to be held at 9am, but my mate wanted some sunrise photo's, so we'd be leaving Brisbane around 3am to arrive at Burleigh Heads before sunrise. Yikes!

    Best trip ever :thumbup:

    The Nikons in the bag were 28mm f3.5 P.C, 105mm f4, and 300mm f4.5 ED-IF. Manual focus ftw :2thumbs: Camera was the (24 hour old at the time) PM2.

    Apparently there is a cardinal rule in the lore of surfing photography: Keep ya dang shutter speed above 1/1000!! The action shots below unfortunately fluctuated between 1/400 and 1/640 even though I was at ISO 200. I should (and will next time) have gone to ISO 400. Just forgot. At any rate, most of the action shots and some of the others exhibit a slight softness.



    Gold Coast skyline

    First rays


    Wave play






    Beach life

    What a beauty! The lens! Not the inconsiderate lass that stepped into my frame :tongue:

    Great day

    Beautiful one day. Perfect the next.

    My mate and I never did meet up with the other photographers. Which were fine with us - 4 hour continous shooting takes its toll. But what a great manual focus day :biggrin:
  2. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    Good job on the surf. I never photography surfing before. Defintely give the
    camera and lens a good clean after a day on the beach.
  3. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    So did you pre-focus on where you thought the action was going to be, or just try and follow them, adjusting a bit as they went?
  4. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I used the magnify facility and tried to follow them. The surfing setup kinda supported this as the surfers were mostly moving parallel to the outcropping of rocks we were on. So yeah, a *cough* few *cough* missed focus shots, but a 16Gb card is large so there is alot of room for mistakes :biggrin:

    I did try the 'focus peaking' on the PM2 and switched it off after a quick attempt to use it. The VF-2 display was just too laggy. Very keen for real focus peaking.
  5. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Nice images.

    Your sequence reminded me of the Lumix commercial where the pro sits there all day with his super-long trained on a bird nest (or something like that), and the guy and his girl walk up, get in front of him and snap (in Lumix terms) a great pic at the exact best moment (and ruin the pro's shot). When I was shooting my big stuff (D800, AF-S 200-400 zoom) that commercial really pissed me off, now I don't mind. :smile:
  6. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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