Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B  

Flyer Looking Down by Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B

June 2020 - Flyer Looking Down

June 2020 - Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B

Original 1

June 2020 - Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Title: “Flyer Looking Down”

These days, I guess most of us are digging into our archives, and, hopefully, we’re finding some forgotten gems. This photo was taken on December 18, 2017 at Pipeline/Back Door on the north shore of Oahu. The surfers were a long distance away from the shore, perhaps 100 or more yards. I was able to follow this surfer all the way through his run along a 15-foot wave; and at the end of his run, he went flying. “Flyer Looking Down” is heavily cropped, perhaps 25% of the sensor area. I’ve also included the original as “Original 1” to show how much was cropped. The other photo, “Original 2,” is also cropped (perhaps about 50% of the sensor area), shows the ocean horizon and a little more of the splash from the wave.

Do you think the image is acceptable in PJ sports international exhibitions? Also, which do you like better “ “Flyer Looking Down” without the horizon or “Original 2,” with the horizon and more of the splash visible?

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 320, at 1/5000 sec under sunny blue skies.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Gerald, as usual a top surfer picture. Personally I like the cutout of the original 2 best, because it still shows the horizon in the background and the surfer has more space downwards. The photo is also suitable for international exhibitions.   Posted: 06/01/2020 11:42:01
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Thanks for the comment preferring "Original 2." It probably shows a little better story for PJ. Perhaps I should try "Flyer Looking Down" in PIDC instead of PJ.   Posted: 06/01/2020 16:42:24

Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Hi Gerald, I agree with Hans. It's a great image but in version (1) there is no depth to the photograph whereas in (2), the horizon gives such a good perception of distance and height it adds so much more.
I would be tempted to reverse-crop the image to gather even more spray to see if it enhanced it even more.
The blue sky is just perfect and the high shutter speed has caught the spray beautifully.   Posted: 06/08/2020 05:42:36
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Thanks, Dan, for your suggestion on flipping horizontally. Generally, I like the lighter or brighter side of an image on the left side of the frame, so I left the white surf board on the left. But, I tried your suggestion, and with the board on the right side, the surfer appears framed by the board, and the splash seems to appear more prominent. Do you like the "flipped" version better than "Flyer Looking Down"?   Posted: 06/08/2020 10:58:48
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Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
I also tried flipping "Original 2." Here it is -- it does seem to have more depth.
I suppose the next question is "Which of the four images -- "Flyer Looking Down," "Flyer Looking Down" flipped, "Original 2," or "Original 2" flipped?"   Posted: 06/08/2020 11:05:42
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Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Hello Gerald, I think I have misled you with my comment! When I said reverse crop, I meant zoom out (the opposite of crop) to give a larger frame!
Having said that, the image is good either way as there are no identifying marks on the surf board.
Original 2 for me, flipped or as original.
(Sorry!)   Posted: 06/08/2020 11:16:19
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
One more try -- zooming out seems to work better as a horizontal, especially if I try to include more of the splash.   Posted: 06/08/2020 13:03:15
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Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Gerald, I think that is a far better image. Remember though, it is opinion!   Posted: 06/09/2020 09:32:22
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Thanks for your input, and, of course, everyone in DD59 is interested in the opinion of all.   Posted: 06/09/2020 15:04:52

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
Your submission photo, to me, is the most personal. I connect with the surfer. Of all the others, the horizontal, last one seems to tell the best story.   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:56:36

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Gerald, Interesting conversations with this one. I am with Hans, with a close crop but the small amount of horizon to give reference. Nice image with lots of impact. Bruce   Posted: 06/15/2020 21:06:16
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
I think I looked this image in as many ways as I could. Actually, it was lots of fun to interact on what might be better. I think Diane's comment summarizes it the best -- the closeup "Flyer Looking Down" is the most personal; the last revision, the horizontal, tells the best story. Thanks for your opinion and comment.   Posted: 06/15/2020 21:29:21