Gerald Emmerich, HonPSA, GMPSA  

The Wave Wins by Gerald Emmerich, HonPSA, GMPSA

January 2020 - The Wave Wins

January 2020 - Gerald Emmerich, HonPSA, GMPSA


About the Image(s)

These two photos were taken in sequence in December, 2016 at Pipeline on the famous “North Shore” of Oahu, Hawaii. The surfers were about 100 yards away. The images are cropped a bit and represent only about 50% of the original amount of information captured in the frame.

My camera is a Canon 7D Mark II (1.6 crop sensor), and the lens is the EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens at 400mm. The settings were f:8, ISO 400, at 1/8000 sec in bright sunlight.

I like the action, but the splashes block the view to the face of the surfer in both images. I like the composition of “The Wave Wins” better, but the splash blocks the face more. On the “original,” the face is a little more visible, but the composition isn’t as strong. Which image do you like better, and do you think either one would be accepted in PJ international exhibitions?

3 comments posted

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I like the second image better with the face showing and the surfboard flipping out more, although I think they are both really fabulous. I don't know anything about exhibits yet, so I can't answer your question on which would be better.   Posted: 01/09/2020 20:00:49
Gerald Emmerich   Gerald Emmerich
In my experience in entering international exhibitions, the judges usually react better to an image that shows the face of the subject. So perhaps your preference mirrors that of the international judge. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 01/09/2020 22:53:21

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Gerald, I like the original one better as well. The face is still obstructed some but not as much. I like that it shows more of the wave and the board is clearer. In my humble opinion, that one would be more likely to be accepted. Bruce   Posted: 01/14/2020 18:48:45


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