It’s nice standing in the shallow waters of the ocean, looking out at the line of surfers, watching the waves, waiting for the next set to roll in, finding the surfer I’m going to photograph and capturing split-second after split-second while they ride in. While I love shooting a perfect sequence, I like capturing moments outside of the standard actions shots. Photos that relay the scene. Living practically on the beach, often I’ll get up in the morning, make a pot of coffee then walk out to the beach, with cup in hand, and sit on one of the concrete benches there and just look out. Always, there is someone in the water.
I need a longer lens still. I now have two 300mm lenses (the second one being a gift from my dad) and neither are suited for what I’m shooting. I mean, I’m making do (kind of), but the shots could be… should be… so much better. That Sigma 400mm has got to be my next large purchase. And while the 1.4x teleconverter that mounts on it will be great for nature shots, it’s not going to be of much use for surf photography since you’re in manual focus mode when it’s attached. And my eyes play games with me and can’t be trusted. Much like squirrels.
I sometimes think it might be more prudent to get a water casing for my camera before getting a longer lens. And then swimming out to where the surfers are and shooting them at close range. I’d love to do that, really. I just don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know.
Anyway, the surf scene is pretty sweet where I live because it is comprised, almost exclusively, of local surfers. Which is fantastic because the talent pool is phenomenal. So there are always actions shots to be taken. One of my neighbors told me that <insert name of well-known surfer here> was in the water the other day. So it really isn’t just tourists surfing in Jacó. At all.
All of the surf photos from today (and other days) are on my page on Facebook.