Saturday morning, I arrived at Sandy's around 5am, the tide had bottomed out at 5:50 & sunrise was at exactly the same time, 5:50, go figure! As I started to set up my gear I made a decision to mount my long lens 100-400mm & shoot wave, even with the low tide & so-so breaking waves.
I swapped out my 16-35mm lens with my 100-400mm while I was protected behind the hatchback of my car. It was windy & I didn't want to chance any dirt or sand contaminating my camera sensor or any of the fragile electronics with my lens off. A friend of mine remedies this problem by carrying 2 bodies, 1 with her wide & the other with her long lens, which makes perfect sense, but for me, that's extra weight to carry.
I always have my Sony A7R III with my wide, 16-35mm, mounted as a "standard" setup then when I arrive I make a decision, do I want to shoot long or wide? Even if I'm not shooting waves with my long lens & have it mounted I'll use this setup to challenge & push my creativity. I've been so used to shooting wide for years, I find it very difficult to compose a shot using a long focal length, that in itself is an art!
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I get really bored shooting the same locations with virtually the same composition! I'm always looking for inspiration on new things & styles to shoot, what I've shot before. I found a new passion in photographing waves! I'm following this photographer on IG @raycollins, it's his images that have inspired me to start shooting waves. I recently saw a post of his & I'm wanting to mimic his style with a twist of myself in the shots that I've been doing. It's the textures in the waves that I'm trying to mimic, granted he has an advantage over me because he's in the water shooting wave. "Me", I'm staying on land, I don't have a death wish to die while being pounded into the surf! Plus I'm to freakin' old!!! Haha! It's going to be a lot of trial & error to get that right shutter speed, being in the right place with the right light & of course a lot of luck!
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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