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Old Nov 24, 2006, 6:43 PM   #1
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Having performed well with the birds, I wanted to see how the sigma 70-300 apo dg performed for sports photography. I headed out to Huntington beach to catch some surfers at play. When I got to the beach, the lighting condition was overcast and dim, but the swells were rolling in strong and plenty.

Focal length=300, Tv=1/1500, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=170, Tv=1/3000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=190, Tv=1/3000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=190, Tv=1/3000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=190, Tv=1/3000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=300, Tv=1/3000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=300, Tv=1/4000, Av=8, Iso=800


Focal length=170, Tv=1/2000, Av=8, Iso=800

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Old Nov 24, 2006, 7:00 PM   #2
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wow, great pictures! your first one is giving me that lba itch again!
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Old Nov 24, 2006, 7:03 PM   #3
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royce, while they are great shots, they are also all about 500k, 1/2meg big. if i was on dialup , i'd never wait the time it to d/l them. also there's no exif in them.

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next time ill link some of the extra shots. i use adobe photoshop 5.5. it must be stripping my exif info out of the pics because i didn't use any other applications (such as neat image) to post process these pics. i also did not use the "save for web" option either. :? any ideas how i can preserve my exif data other than scrounging up a newer version of ps?

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Old Nov 24, 2006, 8:35 PM   #5
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Those may indeed be low resolution samples, but they sure look good to me!

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Old Nov 24, 2006, 9:30 PM   #6
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Great shots. These get us, the inland folks, dreaming: surfing on a regular basis and making a living as a professional photographer :-)

It amazes me they were mostly taken at 170-190mm even with cropping, if any?!
Any TC involved here?
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The EXIF info should stay with the file. It goes away if you copy and paste the image into a new file. I couldn't really say for certain if Photoshop 5.5 might do something different than CS2 though, so perhaps you'll need to check some Photoshop settings.
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Well done with the surfin' pictures - where were you when you took the pictures? From the angles I would guess you were on a pier? It would be great to get out there on a brighter day, but that's sometimes asking a lot for SoCal beaches.
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I took these pics from a pier. There were some nice waves breaking close to the pier so the surfers were gathered right below me. I do not have a TC. Just my handy dandy k100d and the sigma 70-300mm apo dg lens. All of these pics are actually heavily cropped. Keep in mind that these "subjects" are significantly larger than birds or other wildlife. Even modest crops will still produce pics that seem very close up.

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It amazes me they were mostly taken at 170-190mm even with cropping, if any?!
Any TC involved here?
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Thanks. Yes I was on a pier with the surfers doing their thing right below me. I am going to return to that pier on a sunnier day to shoot again. I've found this lens to be sharpest at f8, which does necessitate alot of light.
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