Babes on the Water

Witchy introduced me to the art of watching boat races, today. of course, me being me, I had to photograph this gorgeous spectacle. As I’ve never been to a boat race before, nor tried to photograph one, I had no idea how hard it was! These catamarans, once they got going, were blasting through the water, crossing who knows how many sim crossings…

… this made getting good pictures pretty hard, certainly on my first ever attempt to do so…

… getting a camera lock on these rapidly moving craft was tricky, then I’d have to wait for their textures to properly rez…

… panning down was a nightmare, this close to the water, and panning around was asking to totally lose the boat…

… I’d have a shot all lined up, and they would go over a sim crossing, and I’d either lose them, or they would freeze in place, while each boat coming up behind them would also freeze in place, creating jams of several boats, all frozen together in a bizarre lump…

… out of the hundreds of images I took, I have stitched this post together. The sequence of these images probably bears zero relationship to the actual order of the real race, but it makes a nice little sequence…

… and I’m pretty pleased with these few decent images. I found the whole event quite exciting! Not just because I was franticly attempting to get good images, but because, zoomed into the participants, you can hear the sounds of the cats ripping through the water, the sounds of the crew adjusting rigging, and just seeing them perform their art, you realise how technical it all is, these avi’s are really piloting these craft, they aren’t just automatically going through the water…

… and there is huge potential, here, to get some fabulously dynamic images…

… so I’m totally hooked, and will be back for another round of the steep learning curve involved in photographing gorgeous avi’s blasting through the water on their sailing machines (: