Photographing the Huntington Beach Airshow

At this point, I’ve photographed many airshows both big and small, but never at the beach. I wanted to focus, no pun intended, on photos that included both the aircraft and the water to emphasis the unique location. After all photos of planes in the sky without any foreground could be taken anywhere. Because of the salt water and sand, I didn’t take my best camera equipment and some of the photos reflect that but I still feel like I met my goal.

Photographing Surf Dogs

I saw a photograph of a bulldog riding a surf board as an advertisement for a Surf Dog Competition. I thought it would make a fun event to photograph. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who thought so..

Media Frenzy

Media Frenzy

Turns out it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. While I expected the dogs to be escorted by their owners/trainers, I didn’t expect all the junior lifeguards. I think there were about 5 lifeguards for every dog in the water.

Get Out of My Way, I'm coming through

Get Out of My Way, I’m coming through

Sometimes the human element added to the photograph…

A Moment Between Friends

A Moment Between Friends

..but most of the time I cropped or otherwise removed distractions

Tail in the Air

Tail in the Air


Besides being on the beach, there were photographers in the air and the sea

Photography By Air and by Sea

Photography By Air and by Sea

Like human surfers, the dogs had their own moves. Some liked to go backwards..

Backwards

Backwards

I’m not sure what angle of view this camera is getting 🙂

Just Where is the Video Camera pointed?

Just Where is the Video Camera pointed?

..and some sidways..

Sideways

Sideways


..and some sit..

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty


..and some stand..

Surf Dog

Surf Dog

..and some couldn’t run away fast enough

Get Me Out of Here

Get Me Out of Here

They didn’t mind posing for cameras

Posing for the Cameras

Posing for the Cameras

and a bunch had cameras of their own.

Camera Ready

Camera Ready

Camera Not so Ready

Camera Not so Ready



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US Open of Surfing

Ok, so I know nothing about surfing or what makes a good surfing photograph. However, I thought the US Open of Surfing might be a good opportunity to give it a try as Huntington Beach is so close. The first challenge is parking. The Huntington Beach pier area can be very crowded and difficult to drive around. I had the idea if that if I went early enough I might beat the crowds and find a close parking space without having to park on some side street and walk miles. The surfing competition started at 8 AM so I got there at 7 AM and as I hoped there were few people around at that hour.

Second challenge is where to shoot from…the beach or the pier. I chose the pier as I was shooting with a 70-200 mm lens and the pier would get me closer to the surfers. It was a very overcast day so I had to increase by ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Third challenge was editing my photos afterward. I had set my camera for burst mode and at 8 frames per second that produced a lot of photos. I found in culling through them all that the ones I liked the best were a combination of their facial expressions, which meant those that were facing me, and body positions or gestures.

I enjoyed the experience so much I went back a second time with a photo buddy. These are a combination of both days. Click on a photo to view them all larger

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