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Kite Surfing

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Jun 27, 2012 00:32 |  #1

Went down to the beach (which was washed away since I was there 3 days ago) in hopes of a cool sunset. TS Debby blocked anything remotely similar to a majestic sunset, but she did give us nice ocean-like waves, which the surfers and kite-surfers took advantage of. I've never done any type of sports photography, but couldn't resist giving it a try.

I was using a Canon 75-300, and along with 30mph winds, it was tough to keep my focusing point (center) where I wanted it, and as a result, almost all are oof, and I was in servo. In any case, I had a question about the two images below. Which one gives the better impression of him flying as high as he was? How would you guys have tried to capture this moment? I like #1, but the ground reference in #2 I think helps the viewer grasp his height.

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IMG_7198w (external link) by KirkS518 (external link), on Flickr

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IMG_7199w (external link) by KirkS518 (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 27, 2012 00:39 |  #2

Either one is impressive, but I prefer the grounding element of the water, myself, though. That is some SERIOUS air there!

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Jun 27, 2012 08:45 |  #3

really like 2, that's some serious air. good catches.

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Jun 27, 2012 09:08 |  #4

Definitely number 2.

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Jun 11, 2014 18:20 |  #5


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Jun 11, 2014 22:45 |  #6

Both out of focus, the second gives the viewer an indication of how high they are. But you have missed the kite. I think Kite surfing is the hardest sport to make look good. If you go in tight you miss out on the impressive kite above/away from them or don't show how high they are. If you zoom out and take in the kite you miss the detail of what the surfer is doing.

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