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A bit more on shooting water based activities

brian1208

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A bit more on shooting water based activities

26 Feb 2019 7:45PM   Views : 359 Unique : 193

I thought that today I would talk a bit more about where I shoot along our local coastline, the types of sporting activities that I cover and maybe branch out into a bit of "Art".

As I've got older my mobility and willingness to drive long distances has reduced so my "local" water sport coastline stretches roughly from Hurst Castle to the East along to West Bay to the West. I do go on a few coach holidays which take me further afield and can sometimes be found down in Cornwall shooting surfing action in places like Newquay or St Ives (of which more in a later blog)

This time I will concentrate on shooting off Hurst Castle Spit an excellent location for events such as the Round the Island Race, Fastnet race and Cowes - Torquay - Cowes powerboat racing.

In the old days I would walk out to the castle along the shingle bank but now I just catch the ferry from Keyhaven (a lovely location for shooting coastal birds) and the Gun is a great pub serving most excellent Crab Sandwiches and Fries Smile

I usually travel light these days, typically the EM-1 mk2, PL100-400, monopod and spare batteries + cards in a Slingback bag with plenty of water and maybe a thermos of hot chicken consommé soup (old person's cautionary note - the only toilets there are inside Hurst Castle and you have to pay to get in, take your own toilet paper too!)

On a good day its possible to get some great action shots but more often its a case of grabbing what you can whilst waiting for the action then filling your spare time with "opportunities"

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and a bit of "Art" - this shot in its original form was bland and rather boring as it was a flat, grey day but the image I share here was a commission for someone who was sailing in the race and asked for something with these boats and the IOW in the background. It was cropped to the "right" format and then I simply played with different fog and light effects until this result popped out. I produced several variants (morning / evening colour balance, different levels of mist filter etc) and this was the one that was selected. It was printed out as a 24" x 12" print on Lustre paper then mounted and framed in a plain white rectangular section frame behind glass. Made me a few bob and pleased a client Smile

I'll do a bit more on exhibitions and why we do them in another blog (that's my wife and me, not the "Royal We" Wink ) but this sort of contact and commission is a big part of it

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This next little sequence illustrates how I took what I considered a rather mundane shot and played with it to try to create something that had more meaning for me. I never have a preconceived image of how such a piece will turn out but one of the key things I remember from talking to various fine art painter friends and watching a lot of art programmes was that many artists created an image, then on further reflection cut it down to provide a different feel to the finished piece, that is essentially what happened here.

The initial image is a small section form a much larger general scene of some of the boats out watching the race. As I worked it though various bits of software using my "finger-painting" method (just pushing sliders about until I got something I liked, then using local effect brushes to refine areas further) I realised that I wanted a tighter crop.

What was unexpected was that when I showed the finished print, on Permajet Museum Heritage paper (a nicely textured matt fine art paper), to my wife she reminded me that the previous week we had watched the film on Turner and I realised that he had been whispering in my ear as I was creating the image. As an aside, its been a very good seller and is doing rather well in both club and inter-club competitions at present.

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I think that's enough for today, I'll do a bit on powerboat racing in another blog

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JJGEE 14 7.5k 18 England
1 Mar 2019 8:59AM
Like the " olde " postcard effect on the last two images

And if I remember correctly The Gun also serves some nice Ales as well ... which can, having then caught the ferry, cause an issue with no toilets outside Hurst Castle !


Quote:I'll do a bit more on exhibitions and why we do them in another blog

Perhapsy because you both enjoy doing it and a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people for a chat Smile

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