Ireland, Photography, sport, surfing

Lone Surfer at Sunset

The clocks went forward on Saturday night, and now we have extra daylight in the evenings: Great for sunset surf sessions. Conditions were good; gentle offshore breeze, 3-5ft swell, and, after a grey day, the sun finally made an appearance.

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SB_20140331_0063_webGotta get myself a longer lens. These were all shot on a 50mm Summicron, which is a great lens, but something like a 90mm or longer is really required for sports photography if you want to get right in the action.

 

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Photography, sport, surfing

The Search for Surf

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Nice peeling lefts and rights!

South East Ireland is not the ideal location for surfing; we are pretty much sheltered from the big swells that come roaring in from the Atlantic. Occasionally, however, a swell will come far enough south to hit our beaches: If we are lucky the wind will be offshore; if we are really lucky the tides will be right; and if we are really really lucky, the sun will be shining down on our smiling faces!

Yesterday was one such day.

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Photography

Life’s a Beach

I admit I have been really bad lately at updating the blog, I don’t have any genuine excuses, other than whenever the weather and conditions are right, I can be found in the sea with my bodyboard and a couple of surf buddies.

Recently I have been plagued with a horrible chest infection that seems to be lasting forever. I haven’t been in the sea for a few weeks now, but I still make the trip to the beach to see my friends in action.

So far this Autumn the swells have been pretty good. The water temperature is dropping (currently 12 deg.C) and I need to get myself some good quality boots and a hood. The longer I can spend in the water the better.

As you can see from the photos, I don’t have a telephoto lens. I think all of the photos here were taken with a 50mm lens. A 50mm lens covers just about most situations, but If you want to keep your camera dry shooting watersports, then you are gonna need a longer lens. I recently got a waterproof reusable film camera, so I hope to post some more extreme surf shots here in the near future.

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