This top turn was perfect. Surfing at Morro Rock in Big Winter Waves, Morro Bay, CA 11 Dec 2009.

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This top turn was perfect. One of Nine photos of Surfers, Surfing at Morro Rock in Big Winter Waves, Morro Bay, CA 11 Dec 2009. Many surfers were out today, the first well-behaved day of the season's first big-swell week in December 2009. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Taken in the morning with a Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8IS Lens, with circular polarizer to significant effect, on tripod; and in the afternoon with a Canon 1D Mark III (10 fps) and 600mm f/4.0 with circular polarizer, gimbal head, and hefty tripod. Extreme overexposure was used on many of these shots to try to eliminate the silhouetting effect and bring out some details in the surfers. The shots taken in the shade of Morro Rock (mostly the right breaks toward the camera) were less impressive than the ones with sunlight (mostly the left breaks away from the camera). This is one of nine photos saved from 857 images taken.

Beth Sargent, Maddie Joyce, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Beth Sargent 65 months ago | reply

    Another great day out there hey Mike? This is an awesome capture . This guy is very good.

  2. howardignatius 65 months ago | reply

    Another great set Mike! I like what appears to be another surfer in the background that did not fair as well as this guy! Nice capture!

  3. minotm 64 months ago | reply

    fantastic catch !!!

  4. rickdavy [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    sweet shot

  5. NikitaY 64 months ago | reply

    Nessie! Indeed ) Hush!

  6. squigs1 55 months ago | reply

    Hi just a quick question - when you say extreme overexposure what do you mean? Do you use a lower shutter speed leaving you a very white photo and then photoshop afterwards? I constantly end up with silhouetted surfers..

  7. mikebaird 55 months ago | reply

    squigs1: : Hi just a quick question - when you say extreme overexposure what do you mean? Do you use a lower shutter speed leaving you a very white photo and then photoshop afterwards? I constantly end up with silhouetted surfers..
    A: Read Mike Baird's tutorial on how to take good surf photos
    NEW Surf Photography 101 by Mike Baird (a tutorial)
    bairdphotos.com/surf-photo-blurb-101/

    I do positive exposure compensation to boost up the exposure while using the evaluative-metering model values the camera computes of the overall scene... it is sort of equivalent to not doing exposure compensation while using spot metering. If you don't expose it correctly, photoshop isn't going to recover tonality that's not there. Whether exposure compensation changes shutter speed, aperture, or ISO is up to you to determine, based on shooting model (P,A,S,M). I tend to shoot in P, but am aware of where I am, and usually find myself wide-open, so I might just as well be in A af f/4 on my 600mm f/4 lens, and see what shutter I get, adjusting ISO up for a minimum shutter of 1/1200. The referenced article I wrote covers most of his. Best shooting!

  8. Jun Moore's flickr 40 months ago | reply

    this great photo is used on Lights 'n Colours Photography Blog: www.lightsncolours.com/sport-photography-sports-portrait-...



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  9. mikebaird 40 months ago | reply


    www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4178332772/comment7215762...
    Thanks for popularizing my surf tutorial and photos at
    www.lightsncolours.com/sport-photography-sports-portrait-...
    - information not shared might just as well have never been created.
    bairdphotos.com/surf-photo-blurb-101/
    surf.morro-bay.com

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