I’m more of a big barrelling slab style wave type of guy… but, when a fine selection of the best loggers are gathered on your home beach to compete at the annual Snowy McAlister Winter Longboarding Competition you have to go check it out, and so I did.
Having never really shot this type of surfing I tried to focus on what longboarding is all about: style and footwork.
I’m quite happy with how the shots turned out and will be adding a few of the shots to the Print Store in the coming days – but as always: If you see something here that you can’t find in the Print Store, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks to the organisers of the Snowy 2015 for putting up such a fun event and to Olympus Imaging Australia for the ongoing support!
Awesome shots!! Just found your site this afternoon and I’m impressed. Like you, I switched away from Canon gear to Olympus a couple of years ago. I’m currently shooting with an E-M1 and have the following lenses: m.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8, and m.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO. I just got the 40-150mm a week ago and have shot a few high school baseball games and a bunch of beach soccer games. I have to honestly say that I’m not terribly happy with it. I always seem to just miss “the” shot while shooting in the 10.5 fps mode. I’m using S-AF instead of C-AF. I really don’t think its the camera because when I use the 75mm f/1.8 for sports, I always get “the” shot. Maybe I need more practice with it. I’m giving it another go this weekend. But it does have me wondering if I need to send it back and get a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 along with the 7D Mark II for my sports photography.
I love your surfing photos and would love to get into this myself. I live in Virginia, USA on the east coast in Virginia Beach and about 90 minutes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which has the best surfing on the east coast. Your photos are definitely inspiring!
Thanks for the kind words and for reaching out.
I’ve found the 40-150mm to work quite well. I do shoot it mostly with C-AF tracking mode as surfing subjects are usually either moving to or away from me.
I’m sure with some practice you will get more out of the 40-150mm. I find that all lenses require a bit of getting used to – knowing how fast the lens reacts, how well it performs and most importantly understand it’s weaknesses will help getting better shots.
I also own the 75mm f/1.8 and absolutely love it for shooting in the water. It’s just amazing how sharp it is!
Thanks for your awesome blog and all the info as usual..:) Ended up getting the OMD 5 Mark II and its so much fun. Love the small size. Quick question if you dont mind..:)
Thinking about getting water housing. If a lens is not listed under the housing for OMD 5 Mark ii such 12-40mm f2.8, Can you get an adapter or something to make it work?
Thanks again and keep up the awesome blog.
Thanks for the kind words! Always great to hear that people enjoy my work.
The E-M5 Mark II is a great camera isn’t it! I had the opportunity to test it the other week and it really blew me away how well the sensor stabiliser works. Amazing!
Regarding the housing for the E-M5 Mark II I’d say have a close look on the chart here on the Olympus website:
I know the lens isn’t listed, but try to find a similar lens with similar dimensions (when the 12-40mm is fully extended/zoomed out). I’m fairly sure you can make the 12-40mm lens work – however I’m not 100% sure if you zoom ring gear will fit and work with it. Best you contact Olympus AU directly (via Facebook messenger – or else email to email@example.com)
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Enjoy the E-M5 Mark II!
The Amount of details the OMD 5 Mark II picks blows me away. It is incredible for a tiny little camera. I love also how small it is and it just sits nicely in my back pack.
I only have the portrait lens 45MM F1.8 and Need a wide zoom with low aperture (F2.8 and below). If I can make the 12-40MM F 2.8 sit in housing at 12M and make it work or the new lens 7-14MM sit in housing at 7MM and make it work, I would be super stoked. I love the low aperture shots at F2.8 and below during golden hour, it delivers those magic images.
I still have my Canon gear. I think I still love canon as well. The Images are also very buttery. Both Gears are super fun. Just dont like carrying all the bulk…lol
Just wanted to share some thoughts. Thanks again for your superb blog.