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Sports Illustrated : North Shore Windsurfing
Sports Illustrated : North Shore Windsurfing

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Maui, Hawaii (USA)
Date: Jan 23, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

Post-Challenge Comments
No one was more surprised than me about the purple water. Because I was traveling, I edited this on an old Sony laptop. Besides being painfully slow, it is impossible to calibrate the display and I think the 4-year-old display's brightness and colors have deteriorated. I might re-edit it and post the outtake here if I have time.

Photographer’s Notes
On the north shore of Maui (Hawaii) is the Ho’okipa beach, popular with surfers for its great waves. When the wind blows the surfers away, the wind surfers come to play. Conditions today were 10 to 16 foot swells and 20 to 30 knot winds. Could life get any better?

BTW: The pictured windsurfer nailed a perfect landing after a 360 degree loop!

The photo was taken from a high bluff above the bay, a perfect vantage point I shared with a dozen other photographers all will long lenses.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (PS CS3 Camera Raw)
• Crop
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Sharpen (USM and mask)
• Deepen Blues and Cyans (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Border (Stroke Layer)
• Save for Web (PS CS3)

Camera Data
• Date: 2009-01-23
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: 70-300 mm @ 270 mm
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/8
• Shutter: 1/2500

Place: 102 out of 454
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Views during voting: 245
Votes: 162
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 08:32:01 PM
Color of the water works well for me. Lines on the boards and sails are nice and sharp. Great capture!
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02/06/2009 12:40:32 AM
I'm not sure if the water was purple when you took this shot or not, but I would have definitively enjoyed this one more if water were more on the blue, normal side.
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02/03/2009 10:03:45 PM
Nice action shot. The purple waves make me think of Grape Kool-Aid
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02/03/2009 12:26:09 AM
dang, that is some funky colored water. is it really that color? is my monitor wacked out. (It looks purple on my screen, really purple, but the other colors look normal).
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02/01/2009 08:53:42 PM
Purple water? How was this done?
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02/01/2009 06:03:43 PM
nice capture, great color
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02/01/2009 01:15:43 PM
Nice capture. Interesting photo.
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02/01/2009 01:46:58 AM
Who dumped Kool-aid in your ocean??
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