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Powerboat racing.

By franken
This event is held once a year off Whitmore beach at Barry. I was determined to get there this year and I'm glad I now went.

The event took place over the weekend and looking at the weather forecast I opted for Saturday morning as it was going to be cloudy and not raining.

As I left the house the weather was cloudy and looked as if it was going to get brighter.

By the time I'd arrived at the beach ( 1 1/2 miles from home and about ten minutes) it was pouring down!Sad

When it stopped raining I went down to the waters edge and used my trusty walking stick/monopod to hold me up and steady the camera!.

The weather changed rapidly from really gloomy to gloomy to slightly brighter etc so I set the camera on aperture priority, centre weighted metering and iso 800.

I had a few trips back up the beach for shelter as it poured down several times and annoyingly the tide was going out so each journey there and back was getting longer!

I had my waterproof boots on so I went into the water a little bit. One chap waded right in with his camera and monopod and he may be my next upload.

I was surprised as to how many shots I'd taken in the end.

The scenery in the background is the West country and looks a lot closer than it is due to the use of a telephoto lens.

Tags: Barry island Vale of glamorgan Powerboats Whitmore bay Sports and action

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Comments


fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
20 Aug 2012 7:50AM
A fine set of action shots.

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1445 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 8:04AM
Good set. I like V2 & V3 for the 'man overboard' effect - and V4 for the spray!
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 8:31AM
An exciting set that offers a powerful explanation of what must be a most exciting event.
I like V1 best for the impression that the boat is heading straight at you - there is virtually eye contact!
Fine description too, Ken.
Regards
Bill
20 Aug 2012 8:40AM
Super set of action images Ken,
Fred.
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
20 Aug 2012 8:49AM
fantastic set ..
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 8:51AM
Super action shots Ken SmileSmile
Helen
20 Aug 2012 10:24AM
Looks like it was fun apart from the changable weather situation a good set of action shots

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
BarryC123 7 43 25 Ireland
20 Aug 2012 10:30AM
Great set, full of action.
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 11:33AM
An excellent set Ken! Love all that action - it sounds as if you had great fun taking them all! Well worth it, I'd say!! Smile
Ann
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
20 Aug 2012 11:53AM
Awesome set of images Ken and each one worthy of it's own upload, you can feel the action and speed of these boats, excellent set!

Regards

Trev.
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 12:11PM
Great set Ken, V4 is my faveGrin
Diane
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
20 Aug 2012 12:32PM
V1 and V4 my favorites Ken, action packed. Glad you went !!
Ron.
20 Aug 2012 1:08PM
Excellent set, really caught the feel of the action.

Richard
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
20 Aug 2012 1:30PM
Well worth the drizzly weather-- A most interesting sport!
20 Aug 2012 2:19PM
An excellent set,well done..Lin
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
20 Aug 2012 2:42PM
Stunning series Ken. They really do sum up the pace and violent action in this particular sport.
Ron
20 Aug 2012 4:32PM
A wonderful set of images. Nice action captured. Deep
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 4:48PM
Everyone a gem, great shots Ken. Pity you got so wet.
Brian
CaroleS Plus
6 414 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 5:11PM
What a set, terrific action, V1 with the boat coming towards you is great.
Carole
danbrann Plus
11 582 16
20 Aug 2012 7:23PM
Tremendous action photos Ken.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
20 Aug 2012 7:53PM
Excellent set and great description, Ken. v1 the best for me. One boat sharp and coming straight at you with purpose, and the two sprayed covered ones behind. Top action stuff and well balanced composition.

Dave
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
20 Aug 2012 8:41PM
Great set Ken - good choice for V1.
Brian.
21 Aug 2012 12:09AM
Fantastic action captures
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goso 9 2 1 Australia
21 Aug 2012 2:06AM
Top action pics Ken ...Bill
Ray42 8 3 England
21 Aug 2012 7:39AM
A super set of all action shots - right in amongst it all
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2012 5:18PM
Fantastic reportage both text-wise and picture-wise, Ken!

I love the juxtaposition in V5 of the calm sail boat at the back with the rabid powerboat in the front Grin

Andrew
22 Aug 2012 7:12PM
Great set of action images
Brilliant set - caught the action most certainly GrinGrinGrin

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