How to get great picture of your boat while sailing!

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  1. gettinthere

    gettinthere

    Joined Nov 26, 2008
    1,853 posts, 154 likes
    Endeavour 42
    US Cruisin
    Everything. Digital media makes it very easy to try everything
     


  2. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,273 posts, 497 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    This.

    I take a lot of photos with our iPhone and a Cannon DSLR. I only delete duplicates. The rest I keep for memories or a chroniclogical history of projects, both home and boat.
     


  3. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,244 posts, 1,097 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    @Kermit , you might try getting a smaller selfie stick. The shadow from that one looks like it's a tree.
     


  4. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    If the intent was a solid picture of the boat. I would have pulled it forward out of the shade of the tree and still used that angle. You can do that when you have control of the subject matter.
     


  5. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Maybe, but being a portrait guy I like indirect light. I’ll have to keep that in mind next time. Thanks for the other point of view.
     


  6. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Nice place you have there. The only "trees" that big around here are telephone poles.
     


  7. RussC

    RussC

    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,226 posts, 571 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    Shaded areas can be your friend sometimes also! this one would be better with the boat in full view, but you get the idea ;)
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  8. Bill19233

    Bill19233

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    437 posts, 339 likes
    Hunter 340
    US Baytown TX
    Sometimes you get lucky, in 2018 I managed to “collect” some great photos of our boat. I found several great quality photos online a few weeks after a race, this is my favorite.
    C1764581-184C-4569-882C-5CE918B98BA2.jpeg

    In another late afternoon race, I shouted to a friend in his boat in front of us to snap a photo. He just had a point and shoot, but a pro couldn’t have framed it better or set up the lighting better.
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    In both photos the boat just happened to be clean and you can make out the crew.
    There’s probably not enough photo enthusiasts to set up a local “Photo Op” group on Facebook or some other idea to find out when others with cameras are out and can trade snapshots, even on a busy sailing location like Galveston Bay. Or it would just get lost in the Facebook mess/maze.
     


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  9. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,902 posts, 218 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Neither of these boats are mine as I took this shot. During our annual Tulip regatta. resize.jpg
     


  10. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    977 posts, 206 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    Finally found this in my archives.
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  11. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Amazing how a telephoto lens compresses distance. Almost looks like a crash. The faces, not so much.
     


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  12. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    What model is Syndi-cat? The sail looks like it has a Catalina logo. I've never seen an inset outboard like that. I don't get out much.
     


  13. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,902 posts, 218 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Catalina 27. Wasn’t to long after this when things piped up and that OB jumped off its mount and went overboard hanging by a line. Photo boat turned rescue boat. They tore it down that night and were back out racing next day.
     


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  14. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,705 posts, 1,633 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Good eye there. There are some good shots of boats here but this one has the added interest of another boat crossing it's bow, and another boat under under spinnaker, plus a background pulled in as subject.

    None of this would happen in a wide angle lens. A long focal length compresses the distances into a tight group.

    But a zoom lens results in a narrow angle of field.

    That's where Mark's eye came in: He waited for the interest of the crossing boats, maybe he waited for the spinnaker, too. The background is industrial but from this distance it's interesting subject.

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    If you don't take the background into consideration, the best you get is a boat on the water. With a long focal length (zoom) and distance from the boat you are shooting, you can make a far shoreline part of the photo.

    The photographer here might have scooted around in his shoot boat until he got the light he liked, and waited until the background had the interest of a close and far hill on the horizon. It gives the photo depth, location (North). Was it luck he got the name on the stern? No telling.

    Why Cruising World didn't pick the shot for the December page, is a mystery.

    CW calendar2.jpg
     


  15. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,705 posts, 1,633 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Rhodes Astro Vixen Concordia 2.jpg
    And it doesn't take a lot of focal length to compress things. This shot taken from my moored boat, about 300 yards distant, looks a little risky at 135mm.

    But had I taken the shot from a closer distance, with my zoom set at 28mm, you would see acres of space between the boats. Plus the background would have been half sky, low trees.

    Both lens's fool the eye.
     


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  16. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
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    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    i'm thinking concordia 41' .
     


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  17. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,902 posts, 218 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    The best places for shooting races are at the marks. Place the photo boat depending on background, lens used, wind, and what you envision the image to be..
     


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  18. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,003 posts, 3,912 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    So key to a great photo is to have a good eye for composition.
    And learning to have such an eye comes from taking bad photos, and getting critical feed back.
    No real room for a “safe space”.
    Go out and do it. It is ok.
     


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  19. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Especially these days when "film" costs nothing!
     


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  20. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,705 posts, 1,633 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    An overexposed shot might be a keeper in B&W. Stark contrasts between highlights and shadows in B&W make this an exceptional shot. Off FB:

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