500mm [tag]


Gallerypost | 2023.01.06
Charging on January 6th


Couldn't resist with that title. Photo conditions today were a bit challenging. Even at low tide, the break was pretty far out. The inside waves were also tall and mushy enough to occlude a lot of the action and throw mist on the rest. I stopped over at Scripps after Black's but the wind had killed it. I cropped the bottom of most of these.



Gallerypost | 2022.09.25
Danger zone system


Danielle is into planes right now so I took her to see the Blue Angels. I brought along the 500mm since, you know, when you have a telephoto, everything is far away.



Infopost | 2021.01.20
Current events


The last two weeks have been... strange. Since the controversial stuff seems to have finally burned out, I'll do what I can to recap the lunacy and the memes. For posterity.



Gallerypost | 2021.01.03
Swell


2021 brought a pretty decent swell. I can start making notes on surf spots now:



Infopost | 2021.01.02
The next break


It's 2021 now. Not too different from 2020 but people are more optimistic.
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Black's is supposed to be firing tomorrow, but I took the 500mm down this evening to get some sunset shots. I'm not super into the silhouettes and focus was troublesome (backlit haze), but it was worth experimenting.



Gallerypost | 2020.12.06
Edges and corners


The first week of December almost always brings one of the biggest swells of the year. This one wasn't epic, but good enough to take a vacation Friday for some 0730 shooting and 0930 surfing. The lead image is a pretty good depiction of the difference between pre-sunrise shots and early-sunrise shots. The Black's cliffs make for a pretty tight window for good lighting.



Gallerypost | 2020.09.30
Above-average Wednesday


Looking for a different angle, I wanted to take the 500 out to a jetty. My goto would be Mission Beach, but Derrick was sure Ponto would do the trick.



Gallerypost | 2020.09.26
Seascape


Seascape session.



Storypost | 2020.09.09
The four horsemen


You already know about the covid, now you know about the sharks. The (relatively mild) brushfires have given the sunlight a pleasant orange tone.



Storypost | 2020.08.08
Revisiting


Covid time is time to revisit old projects and entertainment.
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Having browsed a lot of used lenses, I decided to invest in a neoprene sleeve for the 500mm. I'm not sure how effective it'll be against moisture and sand since the rotating seams uncovered (as a necessity), but it doesn't hurt to guard against scratches. Most of the Lens Coat products are camo for nature photographers or try-hards, happily, they have a non-military snow camo print that may keep some of the sun's heat off the lens.



Gallerypost | 2020.08.01
Shootin' buckets


The saga of the lens started about two weeks ago:
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I was looking at the 500mm f/4g that was made from '07-'15, optimistic about a good deal on a lens that might be taking up warehouse space. Naturally, a week after calling to check on my order status, the retailer informed me that they had made a mistake in the listing. My options were to cancel the order or consider paying a bit more but getting the '15-now model for considerably below retail. I considered if it was worth it and if this might have been their play the whole time, but decided to go for it.
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None of these are cropped (except the lead image), so while a couple of them could be tighter, in general 500mm is pretty good for a beach break. I cut the monopod to place the viewfinder about at my height, this afforded a decent perspective for waves that weren't very clean. In a perfect world I might get lower, but that certainly wasn't happening today.