Aug 26, 2010

Time to Get Ready

***Again here is a new template. I like this one. I still need to tweak some things but bare with me I'm pretty busy today***

The one thing everyone has been talking about this week is Hurricane Danielle. I've been losing sleep trying to jockey my work schedule around the favorable tides, figuring out what equipment to rent, and when the peak swell is going to arrive. Good thing is that if I mess my schedule up and miss the opportune times to shoot it looks like I'll have a second chance to get it right with Tropical Storm Earl.

Lot's of good things to look forward to for a beach that has seen basically no surf this year.

Tropical Outlook

Danielle and Earl so cute

After being downgraded to a Tropical Storm for a brief while, Danielle has now "weathered" the unfavorable dry air and wind shear. Computer intensity models are showing she could become a Cat 3 storm soon. Her path is nearly perfect, mirroring the Eastern shoreline approximately 1000 miles off Folly Beach. Her distance from us will be perfect to groom the swell. Hopefully the forecast N/NE local winds let up earlier than expected. Nonetheless it looks like we'll be seeing the beginnings of the swell by late Saturday and have some cleaner conditions by early next week.

Tropical Storm Earl is looking good. He is expected to intensify in the next 48 hours to hurricane status. I'll give more updates on Earl when he gets closer. For now the path is looking good. Check it out below.

Recent Photos

We've actually seen some decent surf over the past couple days also, warming everyone up for the bigger stuff. I know I said yesterday I'd have the rest of the pictures of by last night but I got home super late and none of you were up that late (hopefully).

All above photos from yesterday Tuesday Aug 25th.

Camera Talk

Shots will only get better this upcoming week not only because of the waves but because of the glass I am renting. As many of you know I shoot with a Nikon D300s and a Nikon 70-300mm G lens. To everyone reading this who has no idea what I'm talking about let me put it this way. The current pairing of my camera and lens is like Jessica Biel (camera) dating the ugliest caveman looking person you know (lens).

I wanted to rent the Nikon 300mm f2.8 but it was out of stock until September 3rd. My next choice was the 400mm f2.8 (this is the lens you see photogs using on the sidelines of football games) but I was nervous that I would have to stand in the street because the focal length is so powerful. Nikon recently released a powerful zoom lens that I decided to go with. It's the Nikon 200-400mm f4 lens. The lens has received rave reviews for its versatility and quality.

The 200-400mm is in the middle

If you didn't read all of that just be happy because the picture quality is going to increase. The lens is getting here tomorrow and I have it for a week.

This lens is huge so if you see me with what looks like an anti-aircraft gun, come say hi!

Here is a great video if you aren't familiar with the size of these prime lenses

That was probably the biggest post I've ever written. Leave a comment or question if you'd like.

Mike C


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