Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B  

One Watching Eight by Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B

June 2021 - One Watching Eight

About the Image(s)

Title: One Watching Eight

A couple months ago, I showed a surfing image that was a bit “noisy” and not to well-exposed. I searched my files and looked for a similar, but better, image and came up with this one. This photo was taken from a 100-foot high cliff overlooking Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. The 20+ feet waves were breaking on the opposite side of the bay, so I used a 1.4 extender with my 100-400mm lens on my full frame camera (Canon 5D Mark II) for an effective focal length of 560mm. The surfers were almost a quarter mile away, so I cropped this image a lot “ I’m showing probably only about 35-40% of the area captured on the sensor. Other details are f:8, ISO 320, at 1/2500 sec in bright sunlight.

I’d like to know if you think that this image is better than the March image and whether this image would be “acceptable” in PJ Division international exhibitions.

8 comments posted

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Gerald, I Like the view of all the different surfers body positions and the mist coming off the top of the wave. For me the March image is a stronger because of the composition. in this image the surfer on the left is really close to the edge. The action in the images makes is a strong image, however to me the March image is the better one. Bruce   Posted: 06/02/2021 16:02:40
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Thanks for your comments. I also felt uncomfortable with the crop on the left edge, but I thought it was better than including another "watcher" and two more surfers.
I've included the other surfers on the left side, and there's a little more room. Do you like this image below better than the March image?   Posted: 06/02/2021 23:38:40
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Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Gerald, I agree with Bruce that your March photo is stronger than your June image.In the June picture there are too many actors in the picture and the surfer lying in the water in the foreground bothers me. As a exhibition photo, the March photo is better.Even with more surfers on the left edge, I don't like it any better then.   Posted: 06/03/2021 12:15:51
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Thanks for your input. I just entered the "One Watching Eight" photo in a 3-judging circuit, so I'll see how the international judges react. Gerry   Posted: 06/03/2021 17:08:10
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Gerald, good luck with your image, will look forward to the results. Bruce   Posted: 06/03/2021 18:32:28

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
I'm in agreement with Hans-Werner on this one. While a nice action shot, it doesn't strike me as a strong competition image. Good luck with the competition!   Posted: 06/09/2021 17:31:53

Ronald Davis
About the Image
This photo of a Melbourne suburban rugby match Eltham v Hawthorn-Kiwi. Taken with Pentax K20D and a Sigma 70-300mm not my normal gear but gear that is waterproof and could be damaged by rain on the day without much loss. Taken 40 metres from the action ISO 800, 170mm, 1/800 sec, F4.5, probably 2/3 f stop underexposed. The original in RAW when cropped had much colour noise especially in the black clothing. Topaz has done a great job removing. I have entered photos like this in club open competitions before and judges see them as ok but other photos to them are much better, white goal post, yellow padding loose hand to the right side distractions and not pin sharp. Merrit is about my normal score. Your opinions please.   Posted: 06/14/2021 22:43:38
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Ronald Davis
Sorry being a new member I think my entry has ended in the wrong place, hope you can adjust.
Ron   Posted: 06/14/2021 22:45:40


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