Monday, February 29, 2016
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I know there will be a lot of people that don't find this interesting but for the ones that are thinking about a new zoom lens, this is for you. (And for Paul since he was playing with his zoom lenses!)
Just out of curiosity one day I took a photo of a woman sitting on the beach reading a book. I had a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter on the 200-500mm f5.6 lens so this first shot is at 280mm and I was about 100 feet away.
I took the second shot at 700mm and cropped it 50% just to see if I could make out any of the words.
Needless to say, I was impressed with the results! Even with a teleconverter I can zoom in on this photo and read the words on the page without any problem.
If you are thinking about one of these lenses you won't be disappointed.
Monday, February 8, 2016
This is my friend Patrick fishing on the far side of Hardy Bay... 7012 feet away.
After I got home I Google Earth measured the distance from where I was to where he was. Not bad for handheld, thank goodness for image stabilization and vibration reduction.
The first picture is with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm, The next 3 are with the Nikon 18-300 and the last 4 are with the Sigma 120-400 and crops thereof.
Also known as being in the "tube". It is said that it is one of the most difficult and fun things to do while surfing.
One of these days I'm going to have to learn to surf if for nothing else just to be able to say I can surf. Little tiny waves probably but still...
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Even though we didn't get much snorkeling time this last trip to Maui because of the high surf it did bring out the surfers in droves.
As luck would have it, Aaron and I were driving around the north end of Maui looking for photographic opportunities and stopped where some surfers were to take some photos.
We met a professional videographer that was filming the surfers and he gave us the run down of who was in the water.
One of those surfers was Bethany Hamilton-Dirks, a world class and world famous surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack about 12 years ago.
I have to say she is truly an inspiration for pushing through hardships and getting on with your life.
When the news broke out of the shark attack, a family of fishermen led by Ralph Young presented to investigators photos of a 14-foot-long tiger shark they had caught and killed about one mile from the attack site. It had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements of its mouth were compared with those of Hamilton's broken board, it matched. In late 2004, the police officially confirmed that it was the one that attacked her.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board.
Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum.