Monday, January 26, 2009

46 - Sailing sailing ...


Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso200, 1/750sec at f/5.6, +CPL

I love sailing, still doing it after 45 years. I'm much better at it than I am at photography. Put the two together in either order and I'm there. This group of images was taken today at the US Sailing's Rolex Miami held on Biscayne Bay in South Florida. Sailors from around the world come here to compete so the racing is some of the best. Granted sailboat racing is not a spectator sport, in fact if you've never raced its probable pretty boring. Knowing this I've tried to make these images as artistic and interesting as I could, without spending a great deal of processing time on anyone. This event will last all week and I will try and make it out at least one more day. The logistics of this type of shot has its own built in difficulties, dropping the boat in the water, trip out to the course, chasing the sailboats around the course being sure to keep a proper distance, protecting equipment from salt spray and of course suntan lotion.

5 comments:

J. L. T. said...

Hi Mike,
very lovely photo. Looks like the boats were dancing! What a wonderful passion! Many happiness on it for the next years.
Sunny greetings

a passion 'n frames said...

I think you did a fabulous job !! They sure make me feel the sea breeze despite my snowy surroundings. Beautiful and free

Jason St. Peter said...

YOur first image has a very nice fell to it!

david tinnon said...

Graceful stuff when sails and clouds get together. Nice treatment too. Some "creatives" look down on post processing as un-natural or "cheating." Probably the same folks that think cameras grow on trees. Time was when artist thought cameras were "cheating" and would bring the devaluation of art altogether. I'm happy to see your mixing the two.

MikeH said...

Thanks all, This work brings two of my passions together and doing justice to either has been a struggle. I start wondering why the leader doesn't tack and cover and I miss a shot, Thanks again for being here.