Athletic Pro Women's Surf Girl Goddesses @ The Vans US Open Huntington Beach beside the Huntington Pier!
Can hardly wait to shoot the women's 2014 Roxy Pro and men's 2014 Quicksilver Pro on the Gold Coast down under! Here're some photos of the rig I'll be using, while shooting 4K video with Sony's new 4K camcorder: 45surfer.wordpress.com Shooting stills and video @ the same time as you can see for the photos on my blog! :) Am writing a basic, free "how-to" surf-shooting tutorial titled "Tips and tricks for shooting stills & video of surfers, pro surfing events, and every exalted sports activity!" Will share the free tutorial soon! These photos are from the first round of the US Open. The beautiful, classy Lakey Peterson and Sally Fitzgibbons! Surf girl goddesses! Both could easly be professional models! I think Sally does model. :) Tall, thin, fit, pretty goddesses with long, toned legs! For all my 45surf flickr fans! Pro Women's Surf Girl Goddesses @ The Vans US Open Huntington Beach beside the Huntington Pier! Gorgeous athletic girl goddesses! Here is some video from last year shot at the same time as stills: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oczWijc0S10 www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5LLePW95N0 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANM70cBDNVo www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIqA-0TOkjk www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVEcj3bTdeQ Last year I was shooting with a Nikon D4 with a 600mm F4 Prime monster Nikkor lens mounted on the tripod: www.flickr.com/photos/herosjourneymythology45surf/8555104... This year I wanted to be more nimble and work the whole area (shoot surfers warming up down the beach, coming and goring, running, hanging out/watching/etc.), so I opted to shoot with both a Sony A77 and Nikon D800E with their respective Sigma 150-500m lenses mounted on a monopod. It can be tough to move tripod around with a 600mm F4 Prime monster Nikkor lens on a crowded beach, and it would be easy to upset folks each time you tried to set it up! There's a good chance they would say "enough" and throw you and all your equipment in the water! There's a common etiquette that one ought arrive early to claim a good spot, set up there, and keep it for the day. Latecomers are not welcome to set up on the main beach once it has filled up. But it's OK to walk around with a smaller setup as long as you stay out of everyone's way. Generally you can hug the water/shoreline with your feet and monopod in the water, as you're down low enough so that you don't block anyone's view from higher up on the beach, where all the tripods are mounted. The Sigma 150-500mm lens also allowed me to zoom out when surfers ran down the beach or got in and out of the water, and I also had a Nikon D800E with the 28-300 mm lens strapped around my neck. And both cameras had video cameras mounted to them in my famous 45surfer configuration! Needless to say, it can be a bit scary standing knee-deep in water with all that equipment, with large waves breaking. You wouldn't want to fall in! Well, hope you enjoy the surf goddess photography! All the best on your epic hero's journey from Johnny Ranger McCoy! :) P.S. There's nothing like shooting the nikon D4 with the 600mm prime for quality, but I felt it was cool to give up a bit of quality for far more variety this year! Plus I do not want to become a pixel-peeper! :) Shot with a Sony A77 and Sigma 50-500mm Lens! Instead of shooting the Nikon D4 & 600mm F/4 Prime on a tripod, I decided to be a bit more nimble/mobile this year, running around with a monopod! I also had my Nikon D800E slung over my shoulder with a 28-300 lens. :) A beautiful day with tall, thin, fit goddesses at the beach! So psyched to shoot the 2104 Roxy Pro and 2014 Quicksilver Pro in March with the upcoming 4K motion Sony 4K FDR-AX100 Handycam Camcorder shooting video on my 45surfer rig! :) Sally Fitzgibbons won last year's Roxy Pro. Best on your epic hero's journey! Johnny Ranger McCoy :)