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Old Nov 8, 2007, 2:43 PM   #1
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These were shot a few weeks ago when the first fall waves arrived on Maui.









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Old Nov 8, 2007, 2:50 PM   #2
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Here's a few more from the same session.










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Old Nov 10, 2007, 5:18 PM   #3
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I should have mentioned that comments are encouraged and appreciated. I'm new to this and am working on improving my skills.

These were taken with a Pentax K10D and an old manual 300mm lens.
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 2:51 PM   #4
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Bruder,

I like them all. The best ones are with the them cutting the wave and leaving a spray which is captured very well for shooting manual.

Getting their face and sail with some spray action would be what I like in this kind of shots. Also, if there were anything aerial that would be very kewl indeed.

Man I really miss home.

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Old Nov 12, 2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for your comments Tom. They did pull off a few nice aerials but I didn't capture them very well. I'll need longer reach to get that. These are already cropped to around 40-60% of the original. I'm trying to figure out what lenses I need. When used for these kind of sports the manual lens reduces the number of keepers.

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Great caputres! Your timing was very good as well. With that sport there would seem to be a lot of random movement direction wise. I bet your subjects would love to see them.

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Bruder

Good stuff.

Most of my lenses are old manual types and I still use them for action and sports.

Generally shooting sports you do waste a lot of images, but more important are teh few gems you manage to capture . You seem to be on the right track as you have number of good shots here.

One thing , have a look at your post processing.

I took one of your shots and in photshop adjusted the levels and sharpened it up with unsharp mask (USM).

Hope this helps

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Thank you both.

I like the higher contrast but the sharpening is a little too extreme for my tastes. I'm playng around with the settings now. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Hi Bruder, i prefer the edit by philneast but have taken the liberty of running it through noise ninja to remove the high contrast in noise?? any better?. Kind regards Graham


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Old Nov 24, 2007, 4:37 PM   #10
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Wow. I like what that Ninja program can do. It definitely removed the artifacts that I was referring to. Thanks for the tips. I think I'll go back to the original and start the processing again. From this example it looks like the Ninja program does a lot more than Lightroom when it comes to noise reduction. I like how it can introduce extreme smoothing without blurring the edges.
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