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9 Comments | Report
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature October 30, 2015
Greayt Capture, whoever is on that wave is a great surfer "good work"

Doug
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richardpetersen October 30, 2015
thnx Dug.....!
EdinF45
 
EdinF45 February 11, 2016
very very cool photo
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richardpetersen February 11, 2016
thnx Edin.....!
captjer
 
captjer June 02, 2019
Nice powerful shot!!
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richardpetersen June 02, 2019
Thank you captjer......!!!!
Hood PRO
 
Hood Apr 27
Wow!!
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Thank you Hood...!!!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
The surf's wy up on this incredible shot, Richard. Two thumbs up.
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Thank you very very much texaaronpueschel....!!!
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gabrielejones Oct 12
Congratulations on all your Awards...well deserved!!!😀
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Thank you very very much gabrielejones....!!!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
Powerful. Dramatic. Captured as only mono can do it. Mono is a good choice.
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Thank you very much texaaronpueschel ...!!!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 Oct 17
Very clever capture. Congratulations on your awards in this image!
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Thank you very very much GigiJim08 ....!!!
ronjudyluv2travel PRO+
 
An amazing capture Richard!
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Thank you very much ronjudyluv2travel ...!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
Hi people! I live on a very small island in the caribbean just off of the main island of Puerto Rico. It is a 7x3 mile island named Culebra which means snake in spanish. We have a small town and a small population which many folks call "The Last Virgin". I have to agree with them for our island has none of the large hotels, cruise ships, and taxis typical of most caribbean isles. Our island is most famous for its' Flamenco Beach, which for the last decade has found its way in the top 10's of best beaches in various popular travel magazines. There are however many, many other beaches in which one can go and be completely alone. This photo was taken during a swell on one of those beaches. However, I can't reveal its name as it is somewhat of a surfers' secret spot.
Time
This photograph was taken on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 4:51:48 PM. That day was a rather balmy day, with the occasional cloud hinting at rain...
Lighting
I didn't have the luxury of picking my day, because when the surf hits here its normally accompanied by some rain activity. But from what I understand overcast days have their own advantage. So, with this in mind we hiked to this little secret surf spot with hopes of amazing waves to happen. There were nice waves that day, definately worth the hike. I myself got a little tired of the hike and stopped short of the surfers entry point. This left a few of my fellows who had hiked with us to surf a little puzzled. Why would I not hike a little more and be able to shoot a little closer? The reason to me was simple enough, if I had hiked to where they were located, all of my shots would have lacked perspective. Being at the angle which was created from my vantage point allowed the island mass in the background. As well, it allowed for more wave definition. In other words if I had shot the action straight on, the photos would be missing some of the beauty of the waves.
Equipment
I still use an old Nikon D70s which still has the original battery after all these years. This particular shot was taken with a Tamron 70-300mm 572D. We had to hike down a trail for 40 minutes or so to a not so accessible beach. I was not to excited at the thought of taking my camera which was just cleaned to a windy, sandy beach. The thought of dragging along a cumbersome tripod and missing certain freedoms of movement, or missing that opportunity for a rare wildlife shot, made my decision to not bring along a tripod very easy. Camera: NIKON D70s Aperture: f/5 ISO: 200 Exposure: 1/400 Focal Length: 20000/100
Inspiration
I had been asking my friend "Pan" for the opportunity to photograph him surfing off and on for a few years now. He is normally quite reserved about being photographed. He and I had been going over a few of the surfing photos I had taken one day, when something sparked him. A week or so later he called me up and said a swell had come in and there might be some decent waves in this secret spot of his. I grabbed my camera and in 5 minutes I was out the door and in the car!
Editing
I usually do post-processing on 99% of my photos mainly just to correct the horizon lines, ha! As well if I see something that captures my interest in a photo I will usually remove some shadows and and enrich the colors just a touch. I prefer to leave as much of the original ambiance as possible, however occasionally I may try to introduce a new color to give the photo a little more personality. Here on this particular shot, I began experimenting with different hues and colors, and nothing was working. All the color was distracting from the real subject. So I switch to black and white, and bingo! The subject stayed and the black and white added some character, so I kept that and began working with different cropping styles -thirds, seconds, golden ratios, or just whatever seemed to be the best overall feel for this shot itself.
In my camera bag
I am an amatuer photograher so I don't really have a lot cameras and lenses. But, I have an Nikon D70s and 3 lenses. A Tokina 100mm AT-X Pro Prime , a Tamron 28-80mm 177D, and a Tamron 70-300mm 572D. The Tokina is for my macro stuff, the 28-80mm for group shots, and the 70-300mm for just about anything.
Feedback
Well I'm no expert thats for sure, that being said, I would suggest to anyone who loves photography to pursue shooting things u enjoy in your free time. Also there are a number of little groups available for free on the internet that often give out free user tips and tricks out there these days. Some of it is repetitive but there is always some little gem of knowledge in those articles. Also take as many shots as u can from different angles and distances, you may never have the time or chance to come across the subject matter again. But, for the most part, enjoy your time in the field. I really enjoy being out in nature and having an activity like photography will drag me out of my cave and off on some little adventure.

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