Sailing photos from a different angle

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Not everyone can spend the money on a helicopter to achieve aerial sailing photos. I needed an alternative for a regatta that was happening in my local area, so the idea came to climb the mast of a yacht and spend the day up the mast to achieve a different angle for sailing photos. Not quite looking straight down like you could in a helicopter but enough that the photos don’t show the background on a tight photo of a boat.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

The event was the 2012/2013 Cherub National Titles held on Lake Macquarie, hosted by the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club.

This is the view from a GoPro camera mounted on my head while i’m shooting the event.

GoPro Sailing photo

It was quite a challenging angle to shoot from, the yacht was motoring but the waves still made the boat move around quite a bit, this movement gets exaggerated the further up the mast you get so I needed to hang on and was using my legs to wrap around the spare halyards (ropes) to try and steady myself.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Camera settings were very similar to shooting from a boat, high shutter speed in the range on 1/2500 second to stop the action and keep the images sharp from me moving around.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Overall I am happy with the results from the DSLR. It achieved a different angle that made the boats stand out instead of being lost in the background when shooting from water level. Next I just need to keep the GoPro clean so the images are not hazy.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

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