Dusted off the old DSLR for a mountain bike shoot at Oxford Falls in Sydney. Fun day and happy with the results.
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.
Have been doing some thinking about photography and gear recently. The large DSLR (Canon 7D) has been collecting dust a little bit lately, the iPhone has been the go to camera but I have managed to use my old micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GF1) a little bit lately and have been enjoying the shallow focus that is possible with the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. The movie mode on this camera has been especially fun with the defocus slider control. So much so that i’ve ordered the Panasonic GX1 (it’s been discounted lately). Should arrive in the next few days so will do a mini review soon.
It seems like my photography is falling into three categories – iPhone for everyday shooting, Micro 4/3 for portraits and photography that has a bit more “thought” behind it, and the DSLR for the sporting events.
March 2010 was a busy month this year with a trip to New Zealand to photograph the Volvo Ocean Race in-port race and leg start. The concept of the Media person onboard has really grabbed my attention. Its becoming one of my goals to be a media person onboard a yacht/catamaran or trimaran in an offshore race. The Sydney to hobart race in 2011 I was bowman onboard Menace and did photos and videos and published to the web as we sailed. This gave me a taste of life as a media person. It wasn’t as extreme as the volvo boys have but its certainly got me in.
The week in Auckland was amazing getting to see the speed of these boats, I was on a media boat and our skipper mike did a fantastic job and managed to follow the boats a good way offshore. Overall I was happy with the photo opportunities and the results are below.