I got up early on the 4th of July because my friend Andrew Nunn was competing in the TransPac sailing race this year. He and his team aboard the boat named Bebe are making their way from Long Beach to Hawaii as I type, and I continue to send them the best of luck. For those of you that don’t know Andrew, he’s the one on the front of the boat in the shot below.
This was my first time shooting a boat race and it was an educational experience to be sure. While I’m used to rapidly manually focusing with long lenses on small objects in the distance, I try to use a tripod whenever possible for stills (partially to enable bracketed exposure options). The boat let me know (in no uncertain terms) that I was going to have to do this shoot on my own as the sea churned and we kept our distance from the competing vessels.
I came back exhausted and sunburned, having learned not to take my sunblock cues from Ashley Nunn: shade seems to be her favorite sunblock. I definitely felt out of my element compared to shooting landscape photography, portraits, nature photography, music videos and documentaries, but it’s always good to try something new. If any other photographers want to chime in on how to make life easier shooting on a boat (in terms of stabilization approaches, accessories, etc.) I would appreciate the education.
Nonetheless, sometimes you have to go the extra mile for your friends.