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  1. #1 new surf film: South Africa's Jordy Smith 
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    My longstanding attraction to surfing has always been through the elegance of style. Watching the way someone can navigate a wave, connecting moves, making every motion look effortless... it's why I see this sport more akin to an artform. And while there are many surfers I admire for their style in the water, Jordy Smith has distinguished himself on a level above all else. Jumping from Hawaii to South Africa to Indonesia this last year, I witnessed Jordy push his surfing to another level, as he paired his talent with his insane personal drive. Being courtside to him surfing, whether sweating on the shores of a jungle atoll or dodging coral reefs and white sharks with my waterhousing... it was like running with the bulls, witnessing a display of raw power and energy only so few have ever achieved athletically.

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    Gorgeous!
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    omg amazingggg!!!
    can you take ma along next time? ill ome for free and ill fly anywhere :D with camera and all. love this!
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    Awesome! I love the use of b&w at the opening. How did you achieve that look?
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    thanks!
    its from 2 sessions on overcast days. i shot one on my 14mm f/2.8 and one on my 35mm f/1.4
    i shoot a bit over-exposed, and then just desaturated it and crushed the blacks in Source Settings to get a bunch of contrast.
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    That was really great. Great music selection and pacing. Great overall colors and angles too, absolutely made me want to surf! Is this lots of high f stop stuff for deep focal planes? Beautiful footage.
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    Wow! Some stuff I have never seen before there -- great surfer. Really good cinematography as well. Love the post-narration blue section -- beautiful!
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    Really nice. All of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Van Heest View Post
    Is this lots of high f stop stuff for deep focal planes? Beautiful footage.
    thanks!

    unless early morning/late night, i would keep my lenses around:
    14mm f/2.8: scenics at f/5.6, water at f/6.3
    55mm f/1.2: f/4.5 - 5.6 for almost everything
    80-400mm: a lot of vignetting on this lens at 5k, so either 4k and i could shoot closer to f/6.3, or 5k and f/9

    i do shoot higher shutter speeds (usually always 1/400th) and low iso.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganMaassen View Post
    thanks!
    its from 2 sessions on overcast days. i shot one on my 14mm f/2.8 and one on my 35mm f/1.4
    i shoot a bit over-exposed, and then just desaturated it and crushed the blacks in Source Settings to get a bunch of contrast.
    Thanks!
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