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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time:June 1, 2008 14:23
Aperture/Shutter Speed: f/6.3 | 1/1250
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO: 160
Flash: None

Long story behind this shot. We're down at our annual vacation spot on Topsail Island, North Carolina, this week. So far it has been a great trip! We spent a good part of today lazing around on the beach. I was perched on a low beach chair with my trusty old D2X and a manual-focus macro lens taking some very close shots of grains of sand on my hand. Then this happened in front of me. A woman with a skimboard (who really knows how to use it) stands five feet in front of me and waits for just the right wash of light waves to coat the sand. Then she throws the board down, runs very quickly after it, and slides a good twenty feet or so on the board without losing her balance. She goes back and forth in front of me a few times. I of course am frustrated because I only have a manual prime 100mm macro lens on my camera, and my left hand is full of sand. And I'm way too close to get her into the frame! I manage to readjust the camera settings with a combination of my right pinkie and my nose, and fire off a few shots. Of course the shots are too cropped in because I was not far enough away, but somewhat dramatic nonetheless. I'm happy with the way this one turned out...

I must clarify that this is NOT my daughter.

Furthermore, skimboarding holds a special place in my heart, in that it was in this very spot almost exactly two years ago that I tried skimboarding with disastrous consequences. On only my second attempt, I fell hard upon running onto the board and I tipped over with my foot planted on the board. This caused a severing of one of the major ligaments in my ankle and it nearly ended my running career. After enduring months of physical therapy and pain, my ankle still is not 100% today. To see this girl skim around this easily brought back a bit of envy, not to mention some painful pangs...


06.03.08, 04:47 AM, Navin Harish:

Brilliant shot...specially after considering your condition. It is not easier than jumping through a hope

07.07.08, 04:40 PM, Rian:

i also really liked how it turned out.. great action shot..

07.13.08, 07:47 PM, cool daddio:

Nice work. My own single attempt to skim resulted in an impossibly quick landing flat on my back. Some things SHOULD be left to youth ;-)

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