This Saturday I woke up & failed miserably, with that said I went out to shoot waves at Sandy Beach. The funny thing is that while I was shooting these amazing & beautiful waves I felt like a kid with a new toy! I stepped out of my comfort zone & left my ND filters & wide angle lens in my bag, locked on my Fuji XF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR onto my XT2. I shot 540 frames & about 90% were slightly out of focus & picked only 7 frames that was worth editing. The above image being my favorite from the picks. Love how the water dropplets are so small, it turns into mist, the camera captured that mist & makes it look like film grain with the mysterious surfer hiding behind it. The surfer was clear over on the other side of Sandy's about 150 yards away. The lens was racked out @ 400mm as I shot into the sun, it gave the image a nostalgic sepia look. There was nothing done in post to give it this look, it's a side effect when shooting into the sun. It was a happy mistake!
This is where I failed, I've never shot moving things or objects with this camera, & on the XT2, there is a learning curve on how to set your focusing mode. So begins the trial & error process on what works & what doesn't work. I also did the same thing on Sunday at Sandy's but rattled off close to 800 frames. picked 18 usable frames & edited 5 images. Pretty bad keeper rate but hopefully it'll get better in time. Why so much frames? The XT2 with the battery grip allow the camera to rattle off 11 frames per second with the mechanical shutter & 14 frames per sec. with the electronic shutter, while in continuous high setting. I stuck with the 14 frames per sec :) Failure is a good thing, so long as you learn from your mistakes, which in my opinion helps you grow into a better photographer & person.
"Faliures are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change or grow as a person" , unknown author
Embrace your failures, my friends!
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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