I love photography, I love to watch surfers catch a wave and I love photographing surfers catching a wave, so I was thrilled when I recently stumbled upon a surfing competition in Huntington Beach, California. I’d been hoping to find surfers, so a tournament was a bonus. My ever-patient daughter waited as I shot photo after photo.
I wasn’t the only one there with a camera. My little Nikon D40X was like a child’s toy next to the dozens of big guns stationed along the pier. I slipped in among them, and we all watched as the surfers waited for a worthy wave. When a surfer rose up, a chorus of clicks followed the surfer doing all sorts of fancy moves on the waves.
In a break in the action, one photographer pointed out a pod of dolphins to me, and I hurried after her to find a better vantage to photograph them. My telephoto lens was outmatched there. The dolphins were too far away to get a good shot. I had serious lens envy. I sell a few photos, but not enough to justify the expense of a bigger rig. Although if I did upgrade (and it would be a seriously expensive upgrade), would I be more aggressive both in photographing more subjects as well as peddling my wares? So far, I don’t have the nerve.
Here, a surfer catches a wave under a rainbow!