Dustin Ray "D-Ray" - surfing-cayucos-ca-pier-1-2-07_056 AZHIAZIAM

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    Dustin Ray "D-Ray" - Surfer at the Cayucos Pier, Cayucos, CA, 01-02-2007 - taken from the pier with a tripod, Canon 5D w/ 300 mm f/2.8 IS lens (EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM). This shot shows the local AZHIAZIAM azhiaziam.com/ brand -Photo by Mike Baird BairdPhotos.com 1/1600 f/3.2. This photo is used, by permission, by Chris Woodford at www.explainthatstuff.com/surfingscience.html under the Creative Commons license

    Surfers and friends of surfers – please add a Note (see ADD NOTE button above) annotation to this photo and or add a comment below indicating the identity of the individual(s) in this image.

    This is my favorite surf photo. I want contact info for the above surfer.

    19 June 2008 used at www.digicamhelp.com/index.php under Creative Commons license.

    19 Nov. 2008 Creative Commons use note dailyqi.com/ - Qi (pronounced “chee”) is an independent e-magazine striving to bring you stimulating news and entertaining information to enhance your daily living and lifestyle. dailyQi is Qi’s blog.

    04 Nov 2009 - This photo was used in a National Toyota Ad Campaign, as an example of the kind of surfing fun you can have in a Toyota. Permission to use was not requested, and attribution was not explicit on the ad site, clicking the photo brought the viewer to the source image here -
    More, my related Blog post 04 Nov 2009...
    More unauthorized use at www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/2127310513/

    Update 11 Nov 2009: The above issue has been resolved to my satisfaction.

    21 Feb 2010 Janet Farthing created a nice art derivative of my Dustin Ray surfing photo.

    Please, no comments or invites with badges, images, multiple invites, award levels, flashing icons, or award/post rules.

    Death notice. Unfortunately, Dustin Ray passed away on September 9th 2012 - www.lostenterprises.com/blog/dustin-ray-rip/ The surf community deeply mourns this original surfer.

    jaredrourke, eftimov-schenk-schwartz, and 112 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. calanan 54 months ago | reply


      There are apparently two separate 4Runner sites and Toyota has removed the Flickr photos from www.toyota.com/vehicles/minisite/4Runner/ but not from www.toyota.com/new4runner/

    2. 7thcrowndotcom 52 months ago | reply

      I never cared much for surfing until now. Such a powerful photo it appears to be a self portrait. Up close and personal.

    3. Frank217 52 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! Such focus and contration on his face. This is awesome.

    4. auntiepauline 52 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a great shot!

    5. Snappy Snoopy [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      Brilliant timming

    6. jan farthing 51 months ago | reply

      Your photography is brilliant! Im an amateur artist looking for some reference photos to help me with an arts project, would it be possible to use a couple of your surfing shots to help me out, I like the one here best, as its got lots of detail. all the best. Jan

    7. mikebaird 51 months ago | reply

      janet_farthing Thanks for asking about using my photos for your art. www.flickr.com/people/mikebaird/#credit answers every question ever asked about using my photos with attribution and link backs where applicable, adding use comments, etc. There is a sub-paragraph there for artists, and for using people images w/o model releases (i.e., can't be used in advertising, etc.). Hope that answers all -if not, please do get back.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    8. DJ Stotty 50 months ago | reply

      Wow, fantastic shot. Knowing my luck the lens would fall from the monopod and take the camera with it! Awesome!

    9. janis26 49 months ago | reply

      awesome amazing and all the synomins

    10. Elviss0706 48 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!!!!

    11. fujichrome_explorer 47 months ago | reply

      Another fantastic image. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

    12. Surf Spain 46 months ago | reply

      Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Surf Spain y nos encantaría agregar tu foto al grupo.

    13. genotypewriter 39 months ago | reply

      And people say the 5D can't do sports :D Excellent shot!

    14. MissusK (Cindy) 34 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this image. I hope you don't mind that he's not doing so well here... :)

    15. mikebaird 34 months ago | reply

      Cindy, Thanks for the very creative Creative Commons use www.flickr.com/photos/cindy_k/5870961573/ of my Dustin Ray surfer and for leaving a use note www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/343298668/comment72157627...
      Come back for more you wild artist!

    16. bighamdesign 3 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this awesome photo and giving it a share-alike credit to be shown all over the web! So amazing and great others can see and use it. Excellent work Mike!

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