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

"Get closer" is the photography technique intended to be illustrated here. Oftentimes photos can be improved by getting closer and drawing the viewer's attention to the subject to the exclusion of the background or other environmental elements.


Read my (Mike Baird's) tutorial on how to take good surf photos.


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



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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.

  • calanan 6y


    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/
  • 7thcrowndotcom 6y

    I never cared much for surfing until now. Such a powerful photo it appears to be a self portrait. Up close and personal.
  • Frank217 6y

    Wow!!! Such focus and contration on his face. This is awesome.
  • Pauline Rosenberg PRO 6y

    Wow, what a great shot!
  • Snappy Snoopy 6y

    Brilliant timming
  • janet farthing 5y

    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
  • Mike Baird 5y

    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. (?)
  • Michelle Marques 5y

    this = AMAZING!
  • DJ Stotty PRO 5y

    Wow, fantastic shot. Knowing my luck the lens would fall from the monopod and take the camera with it! Awesome!
  • Gustavo Muleey PRO 5y

  • janis26 5y

    awesome amazing and all the synomins
  • Elviss0706 5y

    Nice shot!!!!
  • fujichrome_explorer 5y

    Another fantastic image. Thanks for posting the tutorial.
  • Surf Spain 5y

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Surf Spain y nos encantaría agregar tu foto al grupo.
  • nicolas biraud PRO 5y

    superb !!!!
  • Guy PRO 4y

    And people say the 5D can't do sports :D Excellent shot!
  • Cindy Kilpatrick PRO 4y

    Thank you for sharing this image. I hope you don't mind that he's not doing so well here... :)
    Wrecked by MissusK (Cindy)
  • Mike Baird 4y

    Cindy Kilpatrick Cindy, Thanks for the very creative Creative Commons use
    Wrecked by MissusK (Cindy)

    Come back for more you wild artist!
  • Ted Bigham 2y

    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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Taken on January 2, 2007
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