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.