• Nyfiken på… Cory Silken, seglingsfotograf

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    When I was in school I crewed aboard the classic 12 Meter fleet in Newport during the summer, doing a charter and racing program. I often had my camera with me during charter and would snap away whenever I wasn’t busy running the boat. I started a general photography business when I graduated school in 2001 but, at that point, when I was racing I focused on racing. You cannot do both at the same time if you want to do them well! I was selling some of my fine art sailing photographs, so the following summer I shot a couple classic yacht regattas to get more images. People loved the photos that I showed on my computer and started ordering them. In April, 2003, I went to Antigua to photograph their Classic Yacht Regatta and that was when I started specializing in nautical photography.

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    My preference changes from time to time, and every winter I make time to edit my work for myself; to find something new that I think is unique. Recently, my color photography has improved dramatically, so I am very satisfied with that. But overall, I am especially fond of the Velsheda start image, The Cannon, which was on the cover of my calendar last year. I also put together a project with Summer Rayne Oakes, a model and environmentalist, which we shot during Antigua Classics in 2005. The theme was Eco Fashion: styling from designers who use environmentally conscientious fabrics and practices.

    Best regatta to shoot?
    Any one where I have the time and flexibility to be creative, rather than trying to capture a sellable picture of every boat.

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    Any race where the club/group running the regatta is disorganized and does not communicate or plan well. Or if they do not want photographers– it is illogical to not want publicity!

    Who inspires you?
    I really enjoy the work of Mark Tucker, who is a neat lifestyle photographer, Vincent Laforet, who shoots very graphic aerials, and David LaChapelle, a fashion photographer known for his highly saturated colors and crazy themes. I also like some of the old Rosenfeld photography, but it’s funny- I started most of my similar B&W techniques before I was aware of their work!

    What gear do you usually use/favor?
    Canon 1Ds II cameras and lenses from 16mm to 420mm. I also use rain/spray covers, which nobody else seems to use.

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    If you’re not onboard, a good driver is essential – one who understands sailing as well as having a good sense of space and timing. Also take the time to look around and be aware of everything that is happening around you, not just through your viewfinder.

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    I think people will always love spectacular photographs of gorgeous boats, and I think they will be getting those images faster and through new digital media. Most photojournalists see video and video stills as the future, but I’m not sure that relates to my business. The video stills I have seen are a compromise: easy to get but never the right moment. Shooting on the water is about the right moment, not like other sports where you might want to shoot 8 or 10 frames per second to capture the whole sequence of a kick/catch/hit/throw.

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  • Byta båt?

    Många av de båtar som presenteras under rubriken “Sweet…” kan ligga lite utanför budget. Jag har fått en del tips på båtar som funkar både på kappseglingsbanan och med familjen, och som ser ganska prisvärda ut.

    IMX 38, 1995, England, 490 kkr (finns 2)
    11 m Judel-Vrolijk IMS-racer, 2004, Italien, 840 kkr
    IMS-33 “Pilsner”, 1997, 445 kkr
    Sydney 36, 1998, Holland, 1.100 kkr

    YachtWorld hittar man också en hög med Mumm 30 från 450 kkr, Mumm 36 från 420 kkr och 7 stycken Farr 40 för mellan 1.200 och 1.600 kkr. Sydney 38 för 930 kkr eller en Sydney 40 för 800 kkr.

    För de som vill ha lite mer komfort finns 45 stycken First 36.7 för mellan 680 och 1.200 kkr och 51 stycken First 40.7 för mellan 800 och 1.600 kkr.

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  • Nyfiken på… Peter McGowan, seglingsfotograf

    Peter McGowan bor i Massachussets och har bland annat jobbat åt Oakley, Sailing World, Sperry och Sweden Yachts.

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    I grew up on the water sailing and on boats. After finishing a 6 month photography program I just started shooting at regattas and whenever I was on the water and soon was published.

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    Typically images where I’m trying to achieve a particular composition or angle please me most. Overall few of my shots am I ever entirely happy with. I believe it comes from creating where you have such little control over your subject and its location.

    Best regatta to shoot?
    Wherever water is clear and there is some wind. Miami Race Week (the old SORC) and the Nioulargue in St. Tropez have been my favorites.

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    Many regattas that had both no wind and rain. Sometimes you can get creative with no wind but it’s next to impossible with rain or a thick overcast sky.

    Who inspires you?
    I try and get inspiration from painters more than photographers. The Rosenfields were who I studied growing up. Nevertheless I always am looking at the magazines to see whose doing what. All my contemporaries take great shots at one time or another that make me want to get out there and do the same.

    What gear do you usually use/favor?
    I’m a very recent convert to 100% digital. I’m using a Canon 5D and will get the fast new Canon 1D Mark III as soon as its available. I use lenses from a fisheye to 600 mm although I like to shoot wide as much as possible.

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    Look through photography books and sailing magazines constantly, endlessly. Then shoot, alot. Visual pushups every day. Your style should eventually emerge.

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    The advent of the digital age should allow people to experiment more and achieve results more quickly as it’s like shooting with Polaroids and being able to examine your work as you shoot.

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  • På gång i hufvudstaden

    Under mars händer det massor av saker i den kungliga hufvudstaden. Boka några kvällar för att få koll på nya prylar, routing, spinnakerskärning och årets kravatter.

    3-11 Allt för sjön i Älvsjö

    3 mars 12:00 @ sal K13 är det dags för Novaförbundets årsmöte. Gäst i år är KSSS VD, Fredrik Feldreich, som bland annat pratar Gotland Runt (kan det bli 5 Novor i år?). Sedan blir det årsmöte och annat Novasnack.

    7 mars 18:00 @ sal K11: LYS-ande Eurocard Gotland Runt 2007. Roger Nilson och Björn Österberg ger navigationstips, diskuterar vägval, väder och vind, vaktschema, mathållning – Ja allt du behöver veta för att vara med och segla Eurocard Gotland Runt.

    8 mars 17:30 @ Trimma för fart – för kappseglare. Segla lägre och fortare, en utmaning i bankappseglarens undanvindsbogar. Björn Österberg och Anders Lewander har koll på vinklarna.

    8 mars 19:00 @ KTH, Brinellvägen 23, sal B1. SHF ordnar “Go for Speed”. Denna gång: Kappseglingsreglerna med Claes Lundin.

    11 mars 14:00 @ båtmässan, SHFs årsmöte. Skall man gissa att det blir fler som kommer i år?

    och till sist får ni inte missa…

    21 mars 18:30 @ Grand Hôtel, Vinterträdgården. KSSS modevisning med lättare buffé och vin. Då får man veta vad det är som gäller på bryggan i Sandhamn till sommaren :-)

    Förresten skall KSSS ha cred för att de länkar till blur.se. Mer än man kan säga om min egen klubb ;-)

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  • Nyfiken på… Patrick Eden, seglingsfotograf


    Moonbeam of Fife. Americas Cup Jubilee 2001

    Patrick Eden bor på Isle of Wight och har skjutit kappsegling på Solent professionellt sedan 1985. Hans devis är “If I can see it, hear it or smell it, I will photograph it..”

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    I have lived in Cowes on the Isle of Wight most of my life so the sea has been a constant subject for my Photography.

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    At the moment? I think the picture of Skandia Wildthing at Cowes Week is my current favourite.


    Skandia Wild Thing. Cowes Week 2005

    Best regatta to shoot?
    Cowes Week. The Admirals Cup was great fun, but sadly it is no more.

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    Ones without any wind :-)


    Rexona Men Round the Island Race 2001


    Ellen MacArthur 2005

    Who inspires you (other photographers)?
    Conflict photojournalists, Don McCullin, Larry Burrows and Sebastiao Salgado. Any one can take a good picture, but not when someone is shooting at you! The sailing photographer who impresses me most is Franco Pace.

    What gear do you usually use/favor?
    I use Canon Eos 1D Mark IIs with 16-35, 70-200 and 300 2.8L IS plus 1.4x and 2x converters. I am looking closely at the Mark III at the moment.


    Laser 4000

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    Personally the three most important things in photography are composition, composition and composition. The best way to learn is to look and keep looking at the great painters, they are the masters of light and composition. Shoot lots and lots of pictures, practice makes perfect!

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    Digital allows us to try pretty much anything now, I think the sky’s the limit.


    Shenandoa Bowman. The Needles. Americas Cup Jubilee 2001

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  • Rätt låt vann?


    Är det killen längst till höger som gillar ORC-club? Å förresten, har inte Johan Kinde köpt en såndär CB96:a?

    Arne på regatta.nu tar ju tempen på svensk segling. Hett är som alltid CB-båtar, psykningar och handikappregler. Det senare har diskuterats flitigt och nu har 300 personer svarat på Arnes fråga “Vilken handikappregel föredrar du?”

    Resultaten är spännande:

    LYS = 53% (158 pers) stort intresse för vanlig enkel LYS-segling
    IRC = 34% (101 pers) oj, fler än väntat – eller bara högljudda :-)
    IMS = 12% (35 pers) färre än väntat – eller ett tecken?
    ORC Club = 2% (6 pers) frågan är – vilka är dessa 6 personer???

    LYS direkt till final i Globen. IRC och IMS går vidare till andra chansen på SHF:s årsmöte, 11 mars på båtmässan.

    Några andra obegåvade slutsatser man kan dra?

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  • Överallt dessa Norrmän…

    Sedan tidigare har ju Norska Navico slagit ihop B&G, Lowrance, Simrad och Eagle. Nu köper man även amerikanska Northstar, Navman och MX Marine och bildar en jätte inom marinelektronik.

    Man är inte bara bra på att köpa, bygga och kappsegla fräsha segelbåtar. Man vet hur man gör business också. Cred.

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