Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Head to Head Ski Race

This photograph shows two alpine snow skiers competing in a head to head giant slalom race.  The racers start simultaneously on side by side courses for crowd-pleasing action.  The skiers in this image are very close in speed and very close together on the course.  It makes for a dramatic photo to depict this kind of duals race.  As close as they are, though, only the nearest racer is in focus.  We were photographing from quite close to the course so there wasn't enough depth of field in the lens to allow both of them to be sharp.
100-400 lens at 135mm, 1/3200 second at f/5.0, ISO 200.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wood Boats Film

We've produced a short film about antique, wooden speedboats.  This was created from multiple photo shoots that were conducted during the recent summer boating season.  The film includes still photographs, video, GoPro pov camera footage and video from a drone quadcopter.  The two featured boats include a 1936 28' Gar Wood runabout and a 1930 30' Hackercraft runabout.

https://youtu.be/7ImhdFyx2bU

Monday, November 23, 2015

Racing Wooden Boats

These two wooden boats were photographed while running side by side and very close to each other on the St. Clair Flats in Michigan.  The boat on the right is a 1936 Gar Wood runabout and the other is a 1930 Hackercraft runabout.  The drivers of the wooden boats maintained a constant speed and course while the chase boat driver moved around them to offer different angles.  This procedure works very well provided there is no other boat traffic.  We like this quartering angle because it gives us a sense of just how close the boats are to each other while also letting us see some of the sides with the nice, varnished mahogany.  100-400 lens at 260mm, 1/1600 second at f/5.6, ISO 400.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Boat Marketing Videos

We are producing marketing videos for those who are in the business of selling boats.  These short (2 1/2 minute) movies are custom produced for each boat and include both still and video action photography.  The photography is done from our chase boat on Lake St. Clair, Michigan.  We need 2 to 3 hours of time on the water and a driver for the boat being photographed.  These films can be uploaded to a seller's website or YouTube channel where potential buyers can view them.  Aerial video footage from a quadcopter drone is available as an option.
A sample film can be seen here:

Sample Marketing Video for a Boat

Friday, October 9, 2015

Speeding Away-Two Wooden Speedboats

Here is an interesting photo of two antique, wood speedboats that was shot from behind as the boats were speeding away.  The styling and curves of the boats are more noticeable when seen from the rear.  The camera lens was only a few inches above the water and from that low angle the horizon is mostly hidden.  Some of the detail of the decks and cockpits is not visible but we like the drama that the low angle give us.  Both boats are triple-cockpit runabouts; one is 28 feet and the other is 30 feet.
100-400 zoom lens at 321mm, 1/1250 second at f/5.6, ISO 250.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wood Speedboats Running Together

These two antique, wood speedboats were recently photographed running together on Lake St. Clair.  This photo shoot was planned for the early morning both for the low sun angle and for the lack of other boat traffic.  The low sun shows helps show the rich, mahogany wood of these old boats.

The drivers crossed in front of the camera while turning slightly.  This allowed part of the decks to be visible.  The camera lens was just a few inches above the water so it would have been difficult to see the decks if the boats were running perfectly level.  The location was chosen both for the uncluttered background and for the relatively shallow water.  100-400 lens at 100mm, f5.6 at 1/1250 second, ISO 400.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wood Boat and Sunrise

We woke early in the morning to photograph an antique, wooden speedboat at sunrise.  The boat is a 28 foot, Gar Wood triple-cockpit runabout.  The long deck, the spray and the wake help lead the eye to the distant horizon and the rising sun.  Its difficult to decide on the best exposure for a photograph like this.  Getting detail in the boat means the sun and sky will be overexposed.  We decided to underexpose slightly and make some adjustments later when processing the raw image:  The sky was darkened slightly and the boat and spray were lightened.  The original exposure was 1/100 second at f10.0, ISO 100.  24-70 lens at 24mm.