With big waves hitting Southern California yesterday, I had to go to the place known as Surf City USA – Huntington Beach, California!
Water is one place that seems to consistently fool in-camera meters. What I usually do when photographing around water is switch to manual mode. Here, I set my ISO at 400 because I needed the speed. I then set my aperture wide-open, which was 5.6 with my lens, because again, I needed maximum light. I have my camera set to blink when I over-expose and blow out any whites, so I began trying different shutter speeds until I blew out the whites, and then increased the shutter speed just slightly until I didn’t have any “blinkers” , in this case, 2,000th of a second. This method gives me the maximum possible exposure, so that the surfer doesn’t turn to a black blob, and yet the whites don’t get blown out and lose detail.
Had my shutter speed been a number below 1,000 – I would have increased my ISO setting a little more in order to get a bit higher shutter speed to help freeze the action.