PoTM 2011 Dec: Narrabeen Surfer
PoTM 2011 December: Narrabeen Surfer
Surfing, for many climbers, is another ‘must-do’ activity; some ultimately switch their attention completely. The
Elsewhere around the world the climate is more favourable and the surf vistas (arguably) more pleasing to the eye. This is definitely the case down under in
Without wishing to sound like a so-called typical whinging pom, the weather in early December 2011 was pretty rubbish – warm(ish) but wet and grey; not exactly what was expected. By Xmas though blue skies were returning and with them the opportunity to snap some blue-sky surf action. Visits to the north beaches of Manly and Narrabeen coincided with said blue-skies and my surfing portfolio, at last, got some stock.
Whilst the serious surf photogs get into the water with waterproof housings etc. – I was land-based and happy with it! The beach at Narrabeen shelves quite steeply and the surf was breaking pretty close to the shore. Despite shooting thigh deep in the breakers I still wasn’t really close enough to the action so as part of the post process I cropped the final image to get in tight to the action. Shooting with a DX camera I get two advantages though; extra reach and greater pixel density. Both proved quite handy but a longer lens sure would have been handy.
I’m very pleased to have started my surf portfolio and I’d be keen to add to the set if the opportunity arises in the future. I’m not sure I’ll ever be tempted to get into the water with the surfers – reckon I’ll leave that to the pro’s. And in case you’re wondering, no I didn’t try my hand at surfing either...
Nikon D300, 70–200mm AFS VRII f2.8 @ 200mm, ISO 200, 1/800th sec and f5.0 matrix metering in aperture priority with final imaged cropped