I'm going to update this post with a photo that Alex took with his XTi and 300mm lens. Looks a lot nicer, doesn't it?
Anyway, this is Andres who just shaped himself a brand new twin fin with the colors of his Smack.
Sometimes it's good to have somebody in front of you, since you're forced to do a tight turn...
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Taking advantage of Costco's crazy return policy (3 months! It used to be 6, but somebody must have taken too much advantage of it...), I bought (or temporarily borrowed if you like) a new camera.
It's a Canon Rebel XSi and it came with two lenses, one of which goes up to 250mm .
I know nothing about photography other than pushing the button of my trusty little Sony and I'm having a hard time (of course I didn't even open the manual). The first two shooting sessions were quite disappointing as I will explain hereafter.
First, let me mention the main (and only so far!) advantage I found in it: continuous shooting rocks!
Here's Patrick Bergeron in a sequence of a nice aerial yesterday (Tuesday) at Hookipa. I was impressed by how well he sailed also because, truth to be told, he didn't sail well at all the day before! I guess we all have our good and bad days...
Here's instead the disadvantages I found (so far) of an SLR camera:
1) heavier and bigger. You can't really keep it your backpack.
2) more expensive.
3) sure the quality of the photos is better (supposedly), but the size of the photos is way bigger. The shittiest smallest quality with the Canon means around 800k per photo. With the Sony it's around 300k. My disk space is limited and I don't want to bother with external disks or have to change my PC...
I take photos for my blog (and for the fun of taking them). On it you can't even notice the difference in quality (or can you?).
4) There's no way (or at least I didn't find it yet) you can use the LCD display when you shoot. This is Glenn.
I'm not used to the viewfinder and I wear glasses. It wasn't too bad... just harder to keep the horizon line horizontal, since often it ends up in the very top of the mini screen and I just don't see it!
In addition to tilted, the horizon line also appears a bit distorted (kind of concave) to me.
This is another little sequence. US1111 (still can't remember who's that...) is pretty well on focus in the first shot. I'm using the sport settings with super short shutter times (like 1/1000) and autofocus and the lens has Image Stabilization.
Now, can anybody tell me why in the second shot US1111 is not in focus anymore? Is that because I moved my hands? I'm not using a trypode (and I really don't want to).
In the third shot it's a little better on focus...
Oh, and the zoom of the 250mm is not even as strong as the 12x of my little Sony...
And in the fourth shot is mysteriously back on focus (kind of)...
Most (MOST!) of the photos were kind of blurred. Even this close up of this cute Spanish girl! When I saw this photo, I almost brought the camera back ahead of time... cute Spanish girls cannot be blurred!!!
That's actually going to be my answer to the customer service employee's question:"and... what was wrong with it?"
What can I say... I have a lot to learn and I should be reading the manual instead of posting bad shots...
Philippe. BTW, sequences are nice but they take forever to load on blogger...
In the end, it looks like moving from longboard to shortboard surfing. A hell lot of disadvantages for a very little reward. But it's just day two...
Here's a couple of shots from today, instead.
The wind was light, gusty and offshore, very difficult sailing (at least for me, as usual). The new NW swell started to show up late in the afternoon. This guy caught the biggest set of the day.
Buzzy Kerbox took advantage of the offshore wind and got covered.
Oh look, a swiss beauty! Not particularly missing Guernsey, I's say...
Indoor shots are pretty good instead. How's that grab?
Allright, NW swell on the steep rise. The NW buoy shows 13 feet, 16 second from around 315 degrees at 7pm. I have no doubt where I'm gonna surf tomorrow morning: NOT at Hookipa!
Here's a well done video forecast
As they mention, the Triple Crown will start tomorrow morning at Haleiwa. If you don't live in Hawaii, check the live webcast online.
If you live in Maui, instead... see you guys in the water!
Don't forget the wax! The bikini one, I mean!