Yesterday, Mrs B and I spent the day on the Mornington Peninsula, about a 1 hr drive from home.
After I dropped off Mrs B at the function she wanted to attend in Rosebud, I had a few hours "leave pass" to do what I want
I spent the time going to Sorrento and the Rye Ocean Beach (both 20-30 minutes away) to take photos. These are 2 of the photos I took. I will post more as I post-process them.
While at the Rye Ocean Beach, I was lucky to have a group of surfers turn up. They must have been very keen as the air temperature was only about 10C (it is winter here atm) and luckily for me they seemed to be pretty good surfers and I got some really nice photos.
Panning while chasing moving targets with my Tamron 150-600mm (240-960mm eq.) lens is possible for me only if I use my tripod nowadays, especially at the long end of the lens. I simply mount the camera on the tripod and leave the swivel head's adjustment locks loose so that I can hold the swivel head's handle and pan in any direction I like (up/down/left/right).
Stationary subjects, like the bird, I can still capture hand holding.
I used aperture priority in burst mode for all the surfing shots and bumped up the ISO to 400 to ensure a shutter speed of at least 1/1000s to freeze the motion and hopefully the water while panning. I used Back Button Focus (my default camera configuration) to keep the surfers in focus while panning.
For the photos and the explanations concerning the tripod and settings. The one I prefer is the first one; a great action shot. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think she made it on this one... I also like to see the place in the seascape. I don't think I would swim there.
On another note, it is interesting to observe how the pictures are placed can generate a signification. On the first line, we may have the impression that the bird (heron?) is looking at the surfer. On the second line, when I look at the surfer on one side, and at the sea hitting the rocks on the other side, I cannot help mysefl to think: "No helmet?!".
Thank you BillieJean and Fauxtoto. I'm glad you enjoy the photos.
The tallest waves would have been between 2-3m as an estimate. The conditions definitely weren't for young or inexperienced surfers. These guys were in their 20's and 30's.
Wow Fauxtoto!! I am impressed. I'm glad someone noticed the subtle positioning of the images in my posts. You are spot on. In my OP, I first had them the other way around and the "balance" between the two just didn't look right when I previewed the post.