Surfing Wipeout at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, CA

The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens would have been the ideal lens for photographing surfing this afternoon. However, the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens was ideal for photographing a previous track and field event, and I couldn't manage both lenses.

Usually, a too-wide focal length is better than a too-long focal length. Cropping is easy. Creating a missing scene is not.

Fortunately, gaining a longer focal length for the surfing action was as easy as mounting a Canon RF 1.4x Extender behind the 400mm lens, creating a 560mm F4 lens.

Everybody loves to see a crash (with no injuries), and the Canon EOS R6 Mark II's 40 fps continuous shooting rate captured the perfect moment of this fast wipe out. The high-speed frame rate adds to the selection challenge, but the key frame is rarely missing from the results.

Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 160
4095 x 2730px
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