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OBX 2015 - Wave Riders - Oly EM5Mk2 & 75-300/4.8-6.7 (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by gryphon1911, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    OBX = Outer Banks of North Carolina, which are a series of barrier islands off the coast of the state in the USA.

    I was going to call this thread "surfers" but that seemed too narrow a definition.
    This will encompass anyone that rides the waves. :D

    Spent a week in Kill Devil Hills this year vacationing with family. To say this place is a target rich environment is an understatement.

    All images in this thread were shot with the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II and Olympus 75-300/4.8-6.7

    The majority of the surfer and paddleboarder shots were taken in electronic shutter mode, which allowed the EM5 Mk II to shoot at an decent 11fps. EXIF data for 99% of the images were 1/2000, f/4.8 - f/6.7 at ISO 200-400. I shot short little bursts to allow for the focusing to be more precise. I saw no issues with warping from the use of the electronic shutter.

    The bright beach sunlight was ample for the 75-300mm lens. The EM5 Mk II was sufficient, although I learned early that the C-AF was still worthless, and shooting S-AF is still the way to go. The EM1 with the PDAF and firmware 3.0 is still the sports action kind in the Olympus lineup.

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  2. SnapDawg

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Very nice sets, Andrew, looks like you've spent a great time there.

    BTW, I've read about some recent shark attacks at the NC coast. Happy surfing folks.
     
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  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Indeed, there were some while we were there. About an hour south around Hatteras. We were up in Kill Devil Hills. A fisherman at Avalon Pier snagged a 7 foot sand tiger shark, which was roughly 1/2 mile from our condo on the beach. Lots of factors such as the weather, fishing/bait in the water and the fact that the baby sea turtles had just hatched not too long ago and were going back into the water kind of made the perfect storm for the sharks to be in the area looking for food.