• Nyfiken på… James Robinson Taylor, seglings-fotograf

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    I was working in Florence as an editorial (fine art) photographer, when I met Franco Pace…. I’ve raced since I was small, so I thought I’d get my cake and eat it too.

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    If you mean exceptional images, I may get a few dozen each season.

    Best regatta to shoot?
    It’s the conditions that make it “the best”

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    Barcolana.

    Who inspires you?
    Ansel Adams, Bert Richner, Raffaello Bencini

    What gear do you usually use/favor (camera/lenses)?
    Nikon, now using the D2x; lenses from 17 to 500. Bought a goretex bag, tailor made, excellent investment. Post production on Mac.

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    You’ve got to love being on the water, then you’ll survive a strong SW in the Channel on a little rib. Then technique: stability, high shutter speeds, treating the driver well. I drove myself for years and love it, but it does have its limits. My years in large format photography have stood me well: you become very conscious about light; and not many others have that technical background, it will get you out of a lot of critical situations.

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    I was struck by what Gilles said, ever increasing resolution in video displacing most of the stills…

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  • Äntligen fredag… Go the Cone!


    För er som inte hänger med är “The Cone of Silence” en helt sjuk skapelse. 2.400 kilo Reichel-Pugh Super 30 “Maxi Killer” som en bra dag (med mycket undanvind) piskar upp en VO60 på scratch och ställer upp i långa havsrace som Transpac (2.200 distans). Crazy!

    Man är också kända för sin samling porr i förpiken…

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  • Seaquest till Sverige


    Härom dagen puffade jag för Seaquest 36 som jag tyckte var en cool båt. Sedan damp net ner två mail i mailboxen. Ett från tillverkaren som tyckte det var kul med intresset från Skandinavien: en båt hade just gått till “Holvikken” och en annan var på väg till Norge. Det andra mailet kom från den lyckliga ägaren i Höllviken :-)

    På bilderna: hans nya Seaquest 36 Mk1 “Tundra” från Skottland. Mäter 1.080 i IRC så den borde landa på 1.35. Sweet…

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  • Nyfiken på… Paul Todd, seglingsfotograf


    Stunning race conditions for Day 2 of Skandia Cowes week 2006. 18 knots of wind and a warm sunny day saw some great sailing and great wipe outs. JOG boat off Egypt point

    Paul Todd var segelmakare och proffs innan han började fotografera på heltid.

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    I lived on a boat as a young child and sailed around the world. After leaving school I became a sail maker and professional sailor with a camera always in my hand.


    Team New Zealand winning the America’s Cup 1995

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    The shot of Team New Zealand winning the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego showing the jubilation and emotions on the teams face.


    The 180th Skandia Cowes Week, Day 4 with the wind from the West averaging 18 knots with gusts of 29 knots. RED GBR76R 1.353 TP 52 owned by Charles Dunstone and designed by Jaudennes Theys


    Volvo 60 takes on a tanker off Miami 2002

    Best regatta to shoot?
    Any Class word regatta where crews have come from all over the globe and keen to get the best start on the first day of racing (men and women)

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    A sailing event that has fog. You can always make a picture of a boat race when you can see it, but very hard when the fog is thick and there is no visibility. (“stick a boat in front of me and I will shoot it”)


    Classic 6 Metres racing in 18 knots of wind. The British Classic Yacht Club Annual Regatta Cowes – 15th-22nd July 2006.

    Who inspires you?
    Fraco Pace has been around for ever and sees art in every marine image. He is an amazing photographer. Also Carlo Borlenghi, only because he always has the best lunch on the media boat especially when it was made by Prada.

    What gear do you usually use/favor?
    I have been shooting with Canon for about 17 years and in my box at the moment 1D II, 5D, 15mm, 17-35, 70-200, 300, 600.


    Team New Zealand Race 1 America’s Cup 2003. NZL 82 sails upwind, but the hull is filling up with water and the crew have to bail it out with a blue bucket.


    Super yachts at night New Zealand 1999

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    You need to be observant and anticipate a lot. Be a good sailor yourself and know your equipment extremely well.

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    Digital has watered down the industry a lot in the last 7 years and new people to scene are willing to work for free to get in to the business. The future does not look good!


    In the Sea of Cortez/Mexico 2000 (trip of a lifetime)

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  • Expedition version 4.3


    Nu finns Expedition i version 4.3. Många små förbättringar framförallt bland funktionerna för kryss/länsbana, bättre stripchats plus massa annat smått & gott.

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  • 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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