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April 3rd, 2012

Kua Bay Shorebreak 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth

Kua Bay Shorebreak 1, Kohala Coast, Hawaii

While I was in Hawaii in February, I spent more time photographing shore break waves. It’s a lot of fun waiting for a big set to come in and amazing how fast 3-4 hours goes by. I’ve photographed in much more extreme environments, but never in a place where I get pummeled by my subject. This is my favorite tube from my efforts to date. I love the tube slamming shut and the light coming through the wave on to the shallow sandy bottom. My biggest limitation at this point (other than not living in Hawaii!) is that my camera only shoots 4fps. If I shoot video at 30fps and slow the action down, I can see all the images that I am not getting. In order to continue my wave photography ambitions, I am considering purchasing the new Canon 1DX which shoots at 12fps. I created this image with my Canon 5DmkII and 14mm f2.8 lens inside my Aquatech 5DmkII housing with a Aquatech 8″ dome port. This image is a single-exposure which required a minimal amount of processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.

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  1. Stephan Says:

    Wow ,good job on that one. I use liquideye water housing and a the canon 7D it`s the perfect equipment for wave photography.

  2. Jon Cornforth Says:

    Stephan-I’ve never heard of Liquideye, so I am going to look them up. I also have a 7D, but do not use it for wide-angle photography. like my landscape & underwater work. The 7fps would be a lot better than my 4fps on my 5DmkII. I just ordered the new Canon 5DmkIII, but that is still only 6fps. I’m saving up for the 1DX. 12fps is what I need for breaching whales and breaking waves. Happy Easter!

  3. Stephan Says:

    Hello Jon,
    If you come back to Hawaii (Oahu) I let you borrow my water housings( I have for the Canon M IV,5D M III,7D)
    The website for liquideye is http://lewhs.com
    The 7D is pretty good but the 1DX is on my wish list.
    Happy Easter back…

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