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.
This is the view from a GoPro camera mounted on my head while i’m shooting the event.
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.
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.
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.
Summer sailing has started again with 2 races completed. I’ve taken photos using a mixture of cameras, everything from a from a GoPro, iPhone and a Canon DSLR. Results below with many more sailing photos to come for this years summer photo project.
My old GoPro Hero camera had decided it didn’t want to take any more photos. Its the older model with AAA batteries and low resolution, its not good for much now so I pulled it apart to see the insides.
Very interesting to the sensor and how it sits with the lens. Also of interest were the buttons and how they achieve water tightness thru a little o-ring. 60m from one little o-ring is impressive.
The idea was to launch a GoPro camera on a KAP rig (or do some Kite Aerial Photography), and shoot some sailing photos from the air. The day started good with a nice constant seabreeze, unfortunately the breeze eased as the day went on and there wasn’t enough for the size of the kite I had. A few times the kite was lucky to stay above the water. A good practice day with plans to take photos of the 16ft skiffs on a windy sunday soon.
The only photo with a boat in the picture, hopefully next time with more wind and getting the camera higher will yield more usable photos.
Packing up the kite and camera, this was the last photo before the camera got turned off.