As cliche as a sunset photo is there is a lot that goes into creating an interesting image from foreground to background. Without all the pieces of the puzzle you can’t properly tell the viewer the entire story. This image in particular, although seemingly easy was a challenge for me! When you are shooting panoramic images you have to watch for parallax error(The difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight), moving objects, and a wide exposure latitude. Location also plays a huge part in making an interesting image, although I was lucky enough to be sitting on a beach in Hawaii you can create interesting panoramic images of just about everything! This image in particular was a ballet of many factors coming together to create one of my favorite images I have ever created. Timing is crucial when it comes to panoramic images, if you are shooting mid day getting full detail in highlights and shadows will be difficult without the use of filters but don’t get worry you don’t need to anything but a watch! This image in particular was taken just after the sun had gone down, bringing the highlights in the sky and clouds to a reasonable amount for my digital camera. Once you have the timing down you have to work fast as the light is changing by the second. In this image I used the movement of the waves to reflect the sky giving the water a glassy, colorful look. Watch for people moving throughout the frame and reoccurring objects from the first frame of your panorama to the last. Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts to don’t come out as expected, slow down and remember the devil is in the details.
Although this is a still image my purpose for being at the event was to shoot video. My roots in photography come from editing together skateboarding videos of my friends, shortly after that I picked up my family’s camera and fell in love with how I could capture a moving, living, breathing moment in a single frame. I believe video is the future of my career and of many other photographers, even though I will always love still photography.
Kody Kerbox enjoying a nice paddle at sunset. We were testing out LED lights you can strap to the bottom of your board. They didn’t work all that well but it was an interesting effect. I took some GoPro photos under the water and it was crazy how much the LED’s lit up the surroundings. To capture this image at sunset was a challange, you have the bright and colorful sky, the deep blue water, and the glow from the LEDs all coming into the exposure, in order to capture all three i had to shoot at a high ISO and a lower shutter speed. i also had to gain a higher perspective to make sure you can see the LED lights underneath the board. All in all it is a dynamic image that was interesting to capture, hopefully that helps you to capture something similar!
Recently a teacher of mine sent me a link to a photo contest on Photo.net. I have always been interested in entering my images into more photo contests, I have always heard you can make good money and get tons of free stuff. This is the first contest I have ever entered and am really hoping to get some sort of recognition from it. Both of these images i took sitting on the Cliff at Ho’okipa while photographing Kody Kerbox surfing. I shot both images with my 300mm f/4, i bought the lens specifically for the trip and would love to make some money off them!
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Body Surfing at Makena State Park