I would normally discard a surf shot like this. In surf shots generally I am looking for a surfer doing a bottom turn with a big green wall of water behind them or a surfer doing a top turn with a great arc of water spraying out from their board. Normally I would be following the rule of thirds unless the shot was a closeup, so the surfer would not be in the middle of the shot. I would be looking for cleanish green water not the white water of a previous broken wave.
Bit of a fail then? Well, not really for me, because although I got a few of the above ‘ideal’ shots, this is the one I liked the most. There is just something about the detail and patterns in the water that I really like. Incidentally, it was the first shot I took on my arrival at Millook Haven.
The water temperature out there is about 8 degrees; the end of February/beginning of March is the coldest point in the West Country seas. Harsh.
Of course, as well as being a poor composition, review after review will tell you the Olympus E-M1 is no good for action shots, and that the 75-300 is a soft consumer grade lens. Just think, this shot could have been at least a thousand times better if only I had composed it properly and had a decent camera and lens … 🙂
Millook Haven, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Focal Length: 179mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640s
Very little needed to be done to this image, just a little colour tweak and a small contrast boost to cut through the haze.