I could get used to being a surf photographer only because of the sand between your toes and the beautiful sunshine but I had no idea how to photograph a Surf Lifesaving Club Enduro Swim.
What I do know is that camera gear is not water proof and I figured that I could go up to my knees if I needed to get some shots.
But the opportunity to photograph the competitors ends once they sprint into the water and start swimming. So I waited around the finish line for about 40 mins and looked around to see if I could photograph anything else.
I also never reset any of the settings from previous shoot so my ISO was set at around ISO 50 or ISO 80 which was probably way to low for what I wanted to achieve. I need to remember to reset the settings after each shoot or at least check them when before I start.
Shirts optional when you’re photographing an event at the beach.
It was at this point that I realised I was on the wrong side of the finish line. All of the competitors ran to the left of the finish line and I was on the other side. I’m not sure how to fix that, maybe try and work out where I think they would run and move to that side before hand, either way its going to be guess work.
I also realised that a Sony A7 with a 28-70mm lens is insufficient and that a DSLR with a selection of lenses would have been much better suited to this type of event. I would have liked to photograph more of what was going on in the background however there wasn’t much happening at the time which is probably due to the event starting at 8.30 am.