Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: “I stood on the bow with a
line around my waist so I could lean back safely.
With a camera you need both hands. I wanted to
capture what it feels like to drive the boat and a
slow shutter speed gives the wake a slight blur
that helps give the idea of speed. Any slower and
it would need to be on a tripod because of the
Ghost Captain: “This was taken early in the morning in calm conditions with a 70-200mm zoom
lens. The light is directly behind me so the boat
is front-lit, meaning there’s an equal amount
of light on either side of the hull. All that glossy
paint helps give it a three-dimensional quality.
I think that’s photographers’ biggest challenge
in taking a shot — trying to make it look three-dimensional. Here the deep reflection and shadows help. I got the captain to duck down to give
it a little twist.”
Day Trippers: “Sometimes we have a tendency to fill
the frame with the boat. It can be better to back off a
little and let the environment help tell the story. That’s
Owl’s Head Lighthouse at the entrance to Rockland
Harbor, Maine, in the background. I’m shooting from a
tower about 10 feet above the water in our chase boat.
I used a shorter zoom — a 24-70mm lens, at 43mm.
Another good idea is to play with the angle from which
you shoot. Going higher or lower gives a different feel
because we expect to see things head on.”