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How to get great picture of your boat while sailing!

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  1. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
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    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Jon Hansen, the nonchalance of the guy on the rail, cool, calm, explains that 'ride' you mentioned. Everybody is at ease in that photo, as if they could go forever. I can hear the sizzle of the wake.

    Of course, it's not a good safety photo. :)
     


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  2. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    In particular, LEEWARD marks with spin boats. Every crew-member is in action. Sail changes. A time and distance game. Its a contest to see who can leave the kite up longer and still round the mark cleanly. Our club photographer routinely hangs out there.

    DSC_2656-XL.jpg
     


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  3. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    I think lighting is what you make of it. Exposure controls can give you control of your shot, and sometimes the backlight works creatively. This shot is severely backlit, but it totally works.

    20161106_143623-crop.jpg
     


  4. Scott B

    Scott B Moderator

    Joined Sep 20, 2006
    2,587 posts, 147 likes
    Hunter 33
    CA Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada

    What a great shot. Of course you have to be a sailor to understand it, but you can just feel the speed.
     


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  5. DayDreamer41

    DayDreamer41

    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,227 posts, 601 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    Mac Day 2018
    Mac DayS.jpg
     


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  6. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,628 posts, 1,497 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    I like this shot and leveled the horizon. That comes at a cost in image size.

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    Because of the small file size, the bright area fell apart trying to adjust the highlights.

    Jac's leveled.jpg

    Here it is a few steps before that happened in Lightroom.

    Jac's leveled 2.jpg

    I love backlit photos. On your boat, you can often diffuse the bright sun by putting something between it and the lens to diffuse it. Sails are a soft diffuser. You can use something more opaque but small like this flag shot.

    Sunrise flag Seal Cove (1 of 1).jpg

    Another diffuser, this hatch: Putting the setting sun behind it let the rest of the softer light make the exposure.

    Eggemoggin sunset Tommy bow 646 (1 of 1).jpg
     


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  7. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,313 posts, 3,468 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I like the last photo. Was that Lightroom or more the construction of the image?
     


  8. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    The small image size was a function of another great tip we have not talked about much, image cropping. Both to zoom and removed distracting elements, a good crop can make a good photo great. Here is the original image, as taken from the boat we ran down. It can also allow you to level the horizon BEFORE cropping, saving image size. But in this case not as much due to the subject being against the hard edge, so I left it un-leveled to save the full subject. But in hindsight Tom's version looks better!

    20161106_143623.jpg
     


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  9. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

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    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    That image is almost original. The unique sunset was the result of a low cloud mass that trapped the low setting sunlight between it and the water. I’m not on my computer now to post. However, without placing the sun behind the hatch, image would have been just white sun wash out
     


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  10. jssailem

    jssailem

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    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Being at the right place and time is often a key to photo excellence. Sometimes it happens by design, but I think it often happens due to serendipity. And a person with an eye for the image developing before them.
     


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  11. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,628 posts, 1,497 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    The old photography adage: “F8 and be there”, still holds true with digital.
    F8 being analogous to your camera on Auto Exposure
     


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  12. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,347 posts, 1,062 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    My digital Nikon is so sophisticated. I don't think I'll ever use its full capabilities. Aperture-preferred. Shutter-preferred. Auto. Then all of the other adjustments, corrections and compensations. Not at all like my old Canon FtB.
     


  13. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Does the 'F8' refer to the min working aperture of most AF systems vs a big F4 tele with a 2x tel-extender on it?
     


  14. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
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    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    In the old adage, before auto exposure on film cameras, you’d set your aperture to the middle setting leaving you the best chance at a good exposure of some spur of the moment event that required a snap exposure.
    But I think it also means being there is the most important setting on the camera.
     


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  15. Bill19233

    Bill19233

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    417 posts, 326 likes
    Hunter 340
    US Baytown TX
    For me, being in the right place at the right time is what it's all about. The camera is always hanging on the helm grab rail. Most shots are with a Canon T6i with a 55 to 250 zoom, it stays on auto. Sometimes, I don't even look through the lens, I just point the camera in the general direction of the shot while I'm steering. These photos are from races this winter on Galveston Bay.
    IMG_1077.JPG IMG_1873.jpg
     


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  16. Randy Rohrbeck

    Randy Rohrbeck

    Joined Jun 4, 2004
    72 posts, 15 likes
    - -First 310
    US -
    My old First 310. Springfield paper was doing a story about sailing on Lake Stockton, MO. No comments about sail trim. It was really blowing that day and there were just the 2 of us on board. Photographer was Bob Linder. Magic 1.jpg
     


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  17. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

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    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    I see nothing to complain about at all. Both sails twisted off, genoa cars back, leech profiles match, vang on, backstay on, and the reef looks tight enough. Carry on.
     


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  18. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
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    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    ‘Scuse me while I greatly prefer the version without the highlights adjusted. Tom, you know how much I admire your work. But dang those highlights looked better before you worked on the image. Ok, I’ll say it. They look muddy. I do prefer the straight horizon, though.
     


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  19. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,189 posts, 629 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    360° photos are fun see link below

    Last weeks Raftup

    So are overheads with a big lens.

    52948694_1438602999607186_5704696410042007552_n.jpg
     


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  20. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
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    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Nice picture Chip... So you travel from boat to boat to share an adult beverage with your neighbor on the other side of the circle. Did anyone try to race?
     




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