Summer is over and beaches are still not empty yet, instead of bikini babes sunbathing on the beach, you will see more surfers going for the waves. Even after work, the enthusiasts do not rive back home but towards the waves for some surfing actions to ease their itch! While photographing the surfers with my 70-200mm f2.8 on my 5D II, I can see more surfers coming into the beach as it gets a little over the office hour. Observing their excited faces as they rushed down to the beach for warm up, I can really feel their passion in surfing, as great as one’s hobby.
I really had fun photographing the actions down, especially when I see some real cool swift actions while riding the waves. The waves were not somewhere more than 6 meters high, but it was already enough to see the surfers riding on it with some efforts. I can see that those surfers were intermediates and I have made few nice images out of them. They were approximately 300 meters away and with my 70-200mm f2.8, it was still not enough to reach them. Therefore, cropping was done with photoshop. For the first two pictures, I would like to share the shots that I took of the surfers while they assess the waves when entering the water with one of them hesitating seeing how strong the wave is.
One more image portraying the surfer slowly making his way down into the water.
The pictures below were cropped approximately 100% when taken at 200mm. Some surfers ride the waves easily without much efforts and some need more tries to get their boards riding the waves. I knew it seems much harder than it looks and I am glad to be at the bar beach in Newcastle, Australia, taking shots of the surfers. It was a short drive away from my hotel and I grabbed this chance to visit the beach before it gets dark. During this time of the year, sun sets earlier at around 5pm.