A surfer rides the waves in the ocean along Huntington Beach, California.

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.

I want this camera and lens!

I have serious lens envy.

Here, a surfer catches a wave under a rainbow!

Surfing Under A Rainbow Print print

More surfer photographs on a calendar I designed.


Filed under Life, Photography, Travel

12 responses to “Outgunned

  1. Considering that it rained so much while you were here, I’m glad you got some incredible surfing shots on one of the few sunny days. If you’d stayed longer, you could have gotten some great shots of mudslides. It all goes with living in Southern California. Looking forward to getting you back out here soon. Surf’s up!


  2. Fantastic photos! Your D40X might be ‘little’, but it sure did a super job. Wow, surfing in January. I envy that.


  3. These are great shots! It must have felt so cool to be standing amongst all those photographers taking those pictures. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Carolina Maine

    Awesome photos!!! I want a new camera so bad!


  5. Carolina Maine

    How do you get your copyscape logo to show up–mine didn’t. I’m thinking Kal had the proxy settings too high–might try it again.


  6. I love all of your photos, but this one, by far, is my favorite. It’s clear you love surfing! Thanks for sending your joint comment my way while you were visiting California. Looks like you had a splendid trip!


  7. Spectacular photographs! The top and bottom shots are sublime. Good thing you put a caption on the second shot, I was going to ask how you did that. 🙂


  8. I checked out the calendar link. That is way to too cool!


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  10. Reblogged this on Catherine Sherman and commented:

    I’m re-posting this in honor of #NationalCameraDay National Camera Day, June 29.


  11. You definitely knew when to pull the trigger!

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