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Ben #3

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The large size is worth a look on this one.

Shot this Saturday morning at Manini with a borrowed rig.

The waves were not quite as big as the previous afternoon, and I paddled out with Ben at the crack of dawn. I caught one wave, and passed on several more that were still a bit big for me. Then, the photographer in me noticed the clear sky over the eastern ridge, and I decided to paddle in to shoot instead of surf.

It turned out to be a good decision, I think, since a professional photographer friend of mine showed up a bit later, and offered me his second body with an amazing lens on loan to him from Canon. So, I shot this with a Canon 1Ds Mark II camera and 300mm f/2.8 IS lens. That lens looks more like a medium sized telescope than a camera lens, and weighs 6 pounds.

The fast lens let me use very high shutter speeds, which helped really freeze the action and define every single drop of water. Also, I was surpised by the incredibly bright view through the viewfinder, which helps when you're tracking a surfer across a wave. All in all, it was quite a rush shooting and then viewing the results once I got home.

This is probably one of the best frames I shot with the borrowed rig: Ben coming over the top at the end of a long ride.

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  1. mattsabo17 97 months ago | reply

    The detail in the fullsize version does not disappoint - great moment!

  2. colebeee 97 months ago | reply

    Wow! This pic is sooooo cool Large!

  3. Drew Dickson 93 months ago | reply

    Superb shot, Just breathtaking.

  4. mandolin davis 87 months ago | reply

    Great action shot!

  5. 微风mamamimmy微风BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZY...BEE [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

    phenomenal capture & composition!

  6. DarkYES 84 months ago | reply


  7. Rohan Phillips 81 months ago | reply

    Excellent action shot, this is really cool. Well done. Must have been fun using that setup!

  8. l.picci 69 months ago | reply

    WOW! This boy has very big feet.... What size are they?

  9. urbancsikgergo 65 months ago | reply

    waow! great shot!

  10. Lucie Jay 65 months ago | reply

    Whoa! Beautiful! I saw this picture on digital-photography-school.com and I was stunned! :D

  11. Philscbx 63 months ago | reply

    Simply searched my gear, and WOW, this is the money shot.

  12. photographerglen 56 months ago | reply

    Whoa!! This is Amazing!
    Please post this into the newest group on Flickr,
    ~Capturing Magic~ ** Post 1 Award 2 **


  13. Axxolotl 56 months ago | reply

    Great action shot with a good composition! Very cool!

  14. iShyam 51 months ago | reply

    woah! what a picture!

  15. The Original Barbie-Boy 51 months ago | reply

    very cool. i wish i had a digital camera with a 210+ zoom lens. I miss the power of zoom lenses from the days of film. My Pentax 35 mm had a 70-210 lens and it was GREAT!

  16. Paras A Allana [without a camera now] 50 months ago | reply

    What a great image u have got here! seen at digital-photography-school.com

  17. I am marlon 44 months ago | reply

    Your shot is hard to duplicate.
    You're invited to post your shot at

    Hard to Duplicate Group.

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