On July 4, 2015 I had a dream come true. I photographed a moving full sailed tall ship!
The day began with me heading to the dock not really knowing what to expect, I didn’t know the client I was working for as I was hired by someone to do this for advertisement photos for a pirate festival event in 2016. I didn’t really know what kind of boat I would be on. I arrived at the dock and knowing a bit about tides and “draw” of sailboats I knew it would be a while before we could head out, we had to wait for the tide to rise so we could disembark from the marina. I met Captain Troy and his crewman Jonathan and two other passengers that were part of the “pirate” look for the shoot. I also met a most lovely lady named Sandy and spent a good amount of the time talking to her and finding out more about my day. Sandy and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items for the trip and got to know one another. She and the Captain were dating and she had never been out on the sail boat and wasn’t sure if she would today or not because of the storms. However, she climbed aboard and even took over the helm a few times.
As we began to get under full sail in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, I transferred to a chase boat where I would actually be getting my photos from. This is not an easy task, but my lack of fear and knowledge of boating made the transfer quick and easy. I was more concerned with making sure my gear arrived safely in the boat.
I will stop here and say, I am very much at home on the water I grew up boating and always in the water and had friends who sailed so this was not new for me.
The images I got were incredible and it’s not easy to do when the subject you are photographing is moving AND you are in a moving boat and hitting wake from other vessels. Below is a compilation slide show complete with music and cinemagraphic effects and music. Please enjoy.