Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm F/4.0, f/32, .8/sec, iso 100
Those of you that frequent my blog know I'm very enamored with these "panned wave" images. Each time I go to SoCal I try to get on a pier and see what I can do. On my last trip, what the heck, people were IN THE WATER, completely messing up my shoot!
Well, I do what I can. I decided to just include them, and the results were interesting. On a lot of these shots the exposure is 2 or 3 seconds. At that speed, the people just turn into blurs of colors. With this image, just under a second, the body surfer is still identifiable. And we still have the lovely lines this technique creates.
Used to love to body surf when I was a kid. That's when I first found out about the power of the ocean. When a big wave is coming and is going to break on you, you dive into it right? You hope to scoot through and pop out on the back side. I was in Laguna Beach having a good time when this monster wave came at me. I did the dive, but it did no good. The wave pushed me into the sand and just held me there like a giant hand. As I started to get to that stage where the need for a breath was strong, I recall thinking "is this water ever going to let me up?" When it finally did and made my way to the beach, I had a "sand rash" as big as a dinner plate on my side.
So now I just take pictures of them.