Surfing Photography First Attempt
Hi all, been following the group for a while, but I don't normally shoot action sports so I haven't posted here yet. The current Critique the Community inspired me to go back and refinish some surfing shots I took while in Hawaii. I'd never really shot surfing before, but I'm generally pretty happy with the way things turned out. These were shot handheld from shore with the Nikon 28-300mm on a D750--not a professional setup by any means, but good enough to play around with. That being said, these are all cropped pretty significantly, even shooting at 300. I also recognize that not everyone gets to shoot a 12-15 foot day at Pipeline their first time out, so that was definitely a lucky break.
I get out to Hawaii from time to time (though not always in big wave season), so would love to hear any feedback for my next opportunity. I've also been trying to decide which ones to submit to the CTC, but realized I don't have any frame of reference for this type of photography to compare it to.
For my 2 cents, I think #3 might be my favorite of the group. I like #1, but feel like the composition is a little more boring than the others. I find #2 interesting compositionally, and I like that it conveys a sense that the surfer is dropping out of the sky, but I'm not sure if I missed focus slightly or if the highlights on the surfer's rash guard and leg are just playing tricks on my eyes, but it feels a little off to me. I like the more minimalist feel of the last 2 and like the dynamic aspect of the crashing wave, but as surfing shots I'm not sure if they're quite as impressive as dropping into the wave or being in the barrel.
Let me know what you all think!