Pro Surfers in Huntington Beach Shot with the Nikon D4 + 600 mm F4 Nikkor Prime & Panasonic X900MK 45WINDSURFER! Shooting Stills & Video Simultaneously!
I used the above Nikon D4 + 600 mm F4 Prime & the Panasonic X900MK 3MOS 3D Full HD SD Camcorder to shoot stills and video at the same time at the Nike US Open surf contest at Huntington Beach--Surf City, USA! Next year I look forward to using a 4K or 5K video camera in the above 45WindSurfer / 9shooter configuration. The great thing about the 45WindSurfer is that it will forever surf Moore's Law, allowing the photographer/videographer (the 45WindSurfer) to captialize on the best available video and stills capturing technologies, marrying them together in an unprecedented manner.
I shot stills & video of pretty much the whole week-long contest, so it will take awhile to edit all the footage. This post focuses mostly on the stills and video of Lakey Peterson's record-setting heat at the pro women's Nike Hurley US Open Surfing contest in Huntington Beach, along with some footage of reigning 11-time champ Kelly Slater (Ke11y Sl8r).
Stills from the Nikon D4 + 600 mm F4 Nikkor Prime & Panasonic X900MK 45WINDSURFERTM!
Here's some more of the video I shot with the above 45WINDSURF / 9SHOOTER rig:
I purposely did not add a soundtrack, so you can hear the Nikon D4 firing away (as well as the crowd cheering!) Be sure to watch the above videos in full HD!
And here're the Nikon D4 photos of Lakey Peterson:
Nikon D4 with AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR & Video Camera @ Huntington Beach!
Shooting some video and photographic stills of surfers at the Nike US Open at Huntingon Beach!
I call the above DSLR+camcorder combination the 45WINDSURFER as it lets you SURF the intermittent waves of stills photography, while catching the constant WIND of video. :) I shoot all my models with a variation of this setup too, using the D800 instead with the 70-200 mm VR2, which you can see pictured belowand in the right sidebar.
Here is my gear for the Nike US Open as well as for the Hurley Pro Surfing event in Trestles next month:
Nikon D4 with AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR & Video Camera!
The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR is a high-speed, high-performance prime lens which features Nikon’s VR image stabilization and Nano Crystal Coat!
The Nikon D4 rocks! It focuses fast and continuously! It can shoot 11 RAWS/second! Ideal for shooting Kelly Slater/Lakey Peterson cutting, carving, and catching air.
The video camera is the amazing image-stabilized Panasonic X900MK 3MOS 3D Full HD SD Camcorder. The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor. Pixel Shift Technology, which took years to develop, provides a huge number of effective pixels for moving pictures – equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD. This technology renders ultrafine images with excellent color reproduction and superb detail! It is built with an awesome F1.5 LEICA lens! The image stabilization is amazing on this, even at full zoom!
Using a rugged Manfrotto tripod and a Manfrotto Bogen tripod head! Next time I may use a fluid video head, though due to the great mass of the Nikon D4 + 600 mm F4 Prime + camcorder, the Bogen tripod head operates extremely smoothly!
Wish me luck @ the finals! :) Wish you could join me to shoot stills & video of the world's greatest surfers!
The pictures of the gear were shot with the awesome 24 MP Sony Alpha 65 (A65).
The panasonic camcorder shoots at 60P, and I slow it down to 24P in post for slow motion! Some of the Sony camcorders shoot at 60P too, and I think Canon is releasing a 60P camcorder soon. Let me know what camcorders you would use! I look forward to using a 4K camcorder sometime next year. :)