Life's full of yin and yang. Up's and down's. On the upside - last week Friday I collected a long awaited toy - my new canon 7D, complete with nice big 100-400mm lens for surfing. Not quite as much of a mother as Luc's monster 600mm anti-aircraft gun, but still big enough to get close to the action.
Luckily Luc was on hand to help me set it up and get familiar with some of the basics. Thanks Luc! Helluva lot more complicated than "muk n druk" ek se. Just remember that if any of you have a decent camera and Luc spots you with it set on "Sports" or "Auto" mode - be prepared for a tongue lashing. All our photag's are super cool guys, so feel free to ask them for some tips if you see em shooting at the beach. They don't bite! At least, I don't think they do....
Taking stills on this beast is one thing, but hang, shooting HD video is another kettle of fish all together. The quality video it shoots is mind-blowing - looks pretty much like what you see at the movies. Only hiccup is learning how the hell to use video mode is like trying to cram for final year exams in half a day. Info overload to the point your brain starts to feel like it's oozing out your ears. It's tricked out to the max - but you still gotto focus the damn thing manually. Geesh, pushing record on the camcorder is a moer of a lot easier.
Nonetheless, irrespective of the scary learning curve let's hope I can start uploading some quality HD video on Millerslocal in the near future. Just got to wait til I've bought a new super-computer to handle the massively processor intensive editing requirements of HD video! Maybe I should have just stayed with a muk n druk???
Onto the bad - for me - good for everyone else. Off to Joburg for the week tomorrow for work, so expect the west to come through and the swell to roll in. Everytime a coconut. Guess we all have to be the swell sacrifice sometimes.
Hope everyone gets lekker waves, just remember to say thanks next time you see me...