You might find it hard to believe that this fellow is not about go flat out in the water but he pulled through this turn with ease. It is always nice to capture the arc of water that shoots out as a surfer executes a top turn. This was taken on the same day as White Water Surfer, Millook Haven and Surf Watching, Millook Haven.
The great thing at Millook is that you can get very close to the surfers due to the nature of the break.
Again, this is the E-M1 in action with the 75-300 II lens, at 300mm, a full frame equivalent that Lightroom reports as 601mm and not 300mm for some reason known only to itself. The image is about a 2/3 crop. For a lens that is supposed to be very poor at 300mm and for a camera that is supposed to be pretty useless for action shots I think this is a fairly good result (though to be fair much of the criticism of the E-M1 is on action where the subject is moving quickly towards you).
[In case you think I am gushing at bit too much about the Olympus E-M1 in some recent postings I’m afraid that running counter to this is a serious problem with the camera that I am preparing the ammunition for to write an article about it. The camera is actually in Lisbon at the moment at Olympus’s European repair facility being evaluated for the severe shutter shock that I am experiencing with it in shots between 1/40s and 1/320s.]
Millook Haven, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500s
I fancied a slightly more documentary look to this image, hence the monochrome conversion, carried out in Alien Skin Exposure using a tweaked Fuji Neopan 100 Acros preset. This still didn't give me quite as much contrast or micro contrast as I wanted so this was further adjusted with Pro Contrast and Tonal Contrast in Color Efex Pro (yes, a colour plugin for a black and white image). Normally I would do this the other way round but this allowed me to get a more finely tuned adjustment.