As long as there is swell to be had, an overcast day doesn’t keep people out of the water at Huntington Beach. Also known as Surf City, USA, the pier at Huntington Beach is a Southern California icon equipped with rollerblading dudettes on the boardwalk, old school fisherman hovering their bait high above the pylons, and surfers shredding on whatever they can grab their fins on.
Walking along the pier gives you a prime spot to watch the surfers give it their all, and seems more like an observation deck with passerby’s cheering for surfers to get into that next big wave.
Using my Samsung NX mini I was able to catch some sequenced action shots, like the one below. With my camera in Continuous or Burst shooting mode, I could take multiple frames per second, allowing me to capture the progression of the surfer below getting tubed along the wave.
Continuous shooting mode allows you to continuously capture photos while you are pressing [Shutter]. You can capture up to 6 photos per second with this setting. Alternately, Burst shooting mode lets you capture up to 10 consecutive shots per second (3 seconds), 15 shots per second (2 seconds), or 30 shots per second (1 second) when you press [Shutter] once.
These two action shooting modes are more than enough to get that perfect picture in any sport. Instead of worrying about clicking the shutter at just the right moment, you’re able to get a series that in a matter of seconds. Then you can take your time and choose the best.
Between witnessing surfers attempt the “Huntington Hop” down the line, or just sitting and watching the horizon, my day at Huntington Beach was a mix of zen and excitement that I was glad to capture.