Surfing in the Pacific Northwest
A few months ago I had the opportunity to take photos of my nephew (Jake) surfing. I don’t think you can tell from the photos, but I was shooting in the rain. Actually, to say it was raining is an understatement. It was pouring. I had the camera and lens covered with a rainsleeve (www.optechusa.com) and my camera bag inside a garbage bag. Thankfully everything stayed nice and dry. This was a great opportunity for me to practice taking photos of a moving object. Being mostly a landscape photographer I do not get this opportunity very often. At first it was challenging. I had to figure out a composition that would work so I wasn’t running up and down the beach, but also be in the right place to catch Jake surfing. Oh, and I also had to keep an eye on the tide as it was coming in rapidly. And yes, I was able to keep myself and my gear out of the water. In my book that’s a very successful adventure. I’m sure Jake would have preferred bigger waves, but for my first time shooting a surfer I think I was fortunate the surf wasn’t very big. I had enough going on trying to keep track of all the moving parts between the rain, the tide coming in, Jake surfing, and the waves. I had a blast. The orange sky was created by a slash burn that was happening a few miles away. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, a slash burn is done after an area has been logged. With the sun going down, and the limited amount of light in the sky, I figured out quickly that I needed to use auto ISO and select a shutter speed that captured Jake’s movement without too much blur. I also used a constant depth of field of f5.6 and for most of the shots my ISO ended up being maxed out at 6400. I hope I get another chance to shoot him surfing. I had a lot of fun. It was another great day in the Pacific Northwest.