Monday, September 29, 2008

Antique Wooden Boats-5

Two wooden boats running side by side at high speed.  These are both 30' triple-cockpit Hacker runabouts, SULTANA  and FLASH.  I was in a third boat that was pacing these two.  This is in the North Channel of the Saint Clair River near Algonac.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Antique Wooden Boats-4

This shot was unscripted.  As we were running in the St. Clair River, SULTANA ended up between me and the sun.  I had stopped shooting until Mark started making some high speed turns while heading for the photo boat.  This shot is backlit but I like the action of the turning boat.  And it is heading right at me!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Antique Wooden Boats-3

Here is a close-up of the stern of SULTANA at moderate speed.  This is a replica of a triple-cockpit, 30' Hackercraft runabout.  I was standing in the second cockpit of a similar boat and trying to shoot over the windshield and deck.  This was too difficult at high speed but possible when we slowed.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Antique Wooden Boats-2

Here is SULTANA at speed in the St. Clair River near Algonac.  Lake St. Clair was too choppy but we would not have had any annoying background had we been able to use it.  The river was smooth but there wasn't room to get away from the distractions of the shoreline.
I mostly used a 100-400 IS Canon lens.

Antique Wooden Boats

The start of a photo shoot of a 30' triple-cockpit Hacker runabout.  We are in the South Channel of the St. Clair River, Michigan.  I'm shooting from a second 30' Hacker runabout.  I switched to a third boat later in the day and got shots of both Hackers running together.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rudder-Lake Freighter

Here is a close-up shot of the rudder on a freighter underway in Lake St. Clair.  I am almost at water level as I was shooting from a 21 foot boat with fairly low freeboard.  The shot was difficult because I was framed tightly with the lens at 400mm and the boat was rocking and rolling.  And I dared not get any closer as this behemoth churned by me.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Great Lakes freighter

I took a boat to the shipping channel in the middle of Lake St. Clair Monday morning, just in time to get shots of this freighter that was upbound from Detroit.  The weather was perfect with a clear sky, light and variable wind.

I used a Canon 100-400mm lens set at 250mm.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Springboard diving-2

Here is another shot from the indoor springboard diving competition. f2.8 at 1/500th.  Still not a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the feet on this somersaulting girl.