. . . could you briefly walk us through the details of how you shot this one?
Thanks for looking and thanks for your kind comment. #1 is get up early and load the camera in a waterproof housing making sure the controls are set, there’s a good seal and everything is about the same temperature to prevent fogging. This was shot near Nixon’s Western White House south of San Clemente, California which for me means waking up at 4am, on the road by 5, parking before 6 am and a mile and a half hike before swimming out before sunrise. I swim out on the north side of the break and look for views of the surf with the sun rising behind:
then move south through the line-up and move in towards shore to try to get the surfers riding waves towards the camera. Water spots on the acrylic in front of the lens ruin many photos and you need to constantly work on keeping water completely off the front glass or in a thin unbroken film of water in front of the lens. Sitting too far out results in missed shots or a poor angle to capture the action but too far in creates an unmanageable amount of water spots in front of the lens. The surfer is Patrick Gudauskas from San Clemente, California currently ranked #28 on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Championship Tour shot @ 7:48 am – 1/2000 f/7.1 ISO 400, 24mm f/1.4L II lens.