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Bournemouth , Dorset UK Surfing – 550d / T2i / Kiss X4 Video

My first attempt at making a surfing video. Did a few test shots in November, and then had to wait 6 weeks until there was more surf! Shooting surfing presents different challenges from skate and snowboard. Most prevalent was the lack of angles and features to work into the shots. Luckily we are blessed in Bournemouth with the pier, which allowed for some framing and a point of reference.

First proper video made with the new Libec tripod, makes a ton of difference over the cheapo one I had before (that fell apart). Great smooth fluid head with nice resistance.

Most of the shots I used my Sigma 70-300mm, its a cheap lens, but great value for money. In contrast I also borrowed my friend Jakes Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM. Huge difference in feel and quality of the build. The auto focus is also silent, rapid and very smooth. At full zoom the Canon lens maintains colours much better than the Sigma which tends to get very milky at full whack. This wasn’t a huge issue in this video due to the grading used.

Ive found I’m addicted to the super juiced S curve look, so forced myself to do something different. Went for the look as used in the ‘I like old movies – like the Godfather – 3” advert. De saturated and vintagey. This also helped with the Sigma milk issues.

Hope you enjoy ,

Kieron Howard

Bournemouth , Dorset , UK


Magic Lantern Firmware (used the higher bitrate only on about 2 shots though)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
and one shot with the 18-55mm kit lens

Libec TH-950

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Thanks to all the riders in the video.

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