Shooting water skiiers from the boat. Questions

Started Aug 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
RBFresno
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Forget about the AF shooting water skiers from boat (pics)!
In reply to fotoph, Aug 8, 2012

Hi!

One big advantage of shooting a water skier from the boat is that the skier is a constant distance from the boat (unless the line briefly goes slack).
Just manually focus carefully from the same spot in the boat and you'll be set.

Lighting will be one of your biggest concerns, Harsh backlighting can make it difficult to see the skiers features. Your best bet is when the skier is facing the light.

Nikon D2h ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/2500s f/4.0 at 400.0mm iso250

Don't sweat the D40 and 80-200 Nikon. Here's a shot with a lesser DSLR and lesser lens:
Nikon D70 ,Tamron AF 200-400mm f/5.6 LD IF
1/1250s f/6.0 at 400.0mm

Nikon D2h ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/4000s f/4.0 at 400.0mm iso200

I won't have to be shooting at ISO3200 all the time, but I'm thinking that might end up being the case regardless of weather conditions.

Even if cloudy, there's usually plenty of light to allow relatively fast shutter speeds and low ISO.

Good Luck!

RB

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