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Old Jul 31, 2010, 5:14 PM   #1
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Default First time trying to take surfing shots!

I tried to take my first surfing shots today. It wasnīt to easy. The waves wasnīt the biggest and there wasnīt many surfers who came up om their boards. But hereīs the shots anyway. I will have to keep on training on these kind of shots.

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Old Jul 31, 2010, 5:24 PM   #2
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Can you go when the sun is behind you? i.e.: on the surfer's faces? and then apply a little positive compensation? All good except bodies are too dark. Good try.
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I love the different things you get out and shoot

The light here wasn't your friend and as Frank says the exposure is a long way off. Apart from rare times when going for an artistic silhouette shot you need to expose for the faces. You can either go for the exposure compensation option or better still and use manual exposure. Probably 2 or so stops brighter is needed for a correct exposure here.

Some nice action, I like the off the lip move in #2, so with a correct exposure you will be well away.
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I'm no expert, but i'll say frame tighter. Try to isolate the surfer, the background is very distracting to me. But otherwise good action
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 5:33 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Yes I know the surfers is a little too dark. It was pretty hard with the sun. The problem is that with the D5000 LCD is so hard to see how it really looks when itīs sunny. I donīt have a chance to get the sun in the faces of the surfers unfortenately. The sun is on the wrong side all day there.

I will try a little more compensation next time.

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I will try a little more compensation next time.
Honestly for such hard conditions where such large amounts of compensation are needed you are better going with manual to give consistency otherwise there is too much in the scene that will mess up what you need.
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I love the different things you get out and shoot

The light here wasn't your friend and as Frank says the exposure is a long way off. Apart from rare times when going for an artistic silhouette shot you need to expose for the faces. You can either go for the exposure compensation option or better still and use manual exposure. Probably 2 or so stops brighter is needed for a correct exposure here.

Some nice action, I like the off the lip move in #2, so with a correct exposure you will be well away.
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Yeah, I love to shoot all sorts of different things. I ant to try as much as possible. Itīs the only way to learn. I have now taken over 20000 shot with my D5000 since I got it

When you talk about manual exposure, do you mean manual mode then? I shot these in aparteure mode. I also used centered weighted metering. Maybe thats wrong? How is the white in the water going to be if I highered the exposure compensation more?

Thanks again Mark for your input. It means alot.

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"D5000 LCD". uh oh.
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I'm no expert, but i'll say frame tighter. Try to isolate the surfer, the background is very distracting to me. But otherwise good action
Okay, thanks for the tip. I will have to look at some surf shots to get a feel for the framing.

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"D5000 LCD". uh oh.

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