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Old 02 April 2009, 15:24   #11
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This cover looks good! I donīt want to buy a underwaterhouse....thanks

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They seem to be using something along the lines of these to protect the cameras http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies...._one_cover.htm
I imagine it would keep the spray off but wouldn't do anything to protect from immersion. Even though they seem to use a harness to help brace themselves it must be difficult to concentrate on shooting the camera and steering the boat. I know I could only really do one or the other safely or effectively. I would have to fall back on my usual method of taking photo's - take loads and loads and the law of averages suggest you should get at least a couple of keepers.
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Old 02 April 2009, 15:26   #12
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I think 5-5,5m is perfect in size!!!

sent you a pm...

and i just saw your site.....This is good pics!!!


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Tim Wright (www.photoaction.com) has been doing this for years, I think he pretty much pioneered it. I think he goes through a fair few cameras though.

I used to shoot from a 3.4m flatacraft rib with a steering wheel. It was very wet and very difficult to use as a photoboat! My current boat (5.2m) I think is a perfect size for most stuff. There is much to be said about having somewhere dry to store extra camera gear and also somewhere comfortable to sit while you wait (sometimes for hours!) for races to start!

Are you a marine photographer or hoping to get into it and have photography experience in another area?

Cheers,

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Old 02 April 2009, 20:32   #13
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I could not open your link...maybe just my laptop today....

What kind of cover do you have?
Do you use any filter like polarisation or grey.....?
And the Nikon D300 works ok, i guess....?

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Yes... I just got off the phone with our web hosting service. They are having difficulties for a few hours. You can check out our blog at http://thephotoboat.blogspot.com/

Tomorrow, I'll put a photo on our blog of my camera cover.

If it's a nice bright sunny day, I'll use a polarizing filter. Otherwise I'll use a standard UV filter.
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Old 03 April 2009, 01:20   #14
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Love Tim's and Allens work and I shoot a similar (somewhat laid back version)here in San Diego. Have used a 5.5 XS RIb for the last 4 years and before that a 14ft achilles and even earlier a 12' zodiac.
Find the pod helm seat with backrest is ideal. You can stand and hold on with your knees and brace against the back rest,for a steady shooting position.
Don't quite have the "nippy' factor of "photoboat"
Don't usually have the extreme weather of some of the other guys, so shoot Canon equipment without protection.
20D for rougher weather and 5D for the sunny clear skies days. The RIB has a good high bow and the only time I have come near to a soaking is from jet skiers "rooster tails and so called friends from blighty !! Thanks Matt and chris (Made a pass and turn at speed way to close

cheers Dal
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Old 03 April 2009, 06:31   #15
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Love Tim's and Allens work and I shoot a similar (somewhat laid back version)here in San Diego. Have used a 5.5 XS RIb for the last 4 years and before that a 14ft achilles and even earlier a 12' zodiac.
Find the pod helm seat with backrest is ideal. You can stand and hold on with your knees and brace against the back rest,for a steady shooting position.
Don't quite have the "nippy' factor of "photoboat"
Don't usually have the extreme weather of some of the other guys, so shoot Canon equipment without protection.
20D for rougher weather and 5D for the sunny clear skies days. The RIB has a good high bow and the only time I have come near to a soaking is from jet skiers "rooster tails and so called friends from blighty !! Thanks Matt and chris (Made a pass and turn at speed way to close

cheers Dal
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Backrest is a very good idea!
It looks like this small rib and photo is a good combination... Your photos are very good.

Do you need 90hp on your rib?
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Old 04 April 2009, 23:44   #16
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The 90 HP on the RIb works out great.
If I just used the boat for photography, then I would probably go with a smaller boat and engine like "Photoboat" uses. They are much more manouvrerable and cause less wake amongst raceboats.
However I also use my RIB for a family primary boat. Fishing/diving /tubing and even been 26 miles offshore on a camping trip. So the 90 is useful when fully loaded with the family.
Also gives me speed and acceleration when chasing fast boats (like the BMW Oracle BOR 90 )which got up to the 35 knots + mark.
The high bow is very dry and I built in a shelf alongside the console to house my Pelican case. It clips in and provides a safe and very accesible way to store my cameras.
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Old 05 April 2009, 07:29   #17
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Limeydal, is that a a Peli case in your photo? I understand they aren't too expensive over there but for some reason cost over double here. I priced one up last year and decided against it as the one I wanted, looked allot like the one you have, worked out at nearly Ģ300. Yet in the states I think it was $150! Thought about getting one sent over but still worked out expensive due to the size.
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Old 05 April 2009, 21:17   #18
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JSP,
yes it's the Pelican 1500 that I have and holds 2 bodies with zooms.
I got it for about $150 as you said.
trouble is shipping anything back to the Uk as they usually hit you on tax when it arrives.
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Old 06 April 2009, 22:34   #19
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The Photoboat folks do get shots that others can't, because of the small boats that they use. It's sort of fun to see them zipping around the racecourse while you're sailing.
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I first came on this style in Auckland harbor wondering what this nutter was doing standing up in a 3.10 strapped using a three point anchor on to a windsurfer style harness and a tiller extension.
He got some great photos and I think he is part of the America's cup experience people or working with.

There are a few others doing marine photography, we occasionally get them out with us on events when we are doing safety and mark laying, http://www.fotoboat.com is the link to them, often they will have a peli case and a I think its Tom has a goretex jacket sleeve modified with a rubber seal on to the lens and the remains of the Jacket is modified to cover the camera but still allowing him to use it. It looks much more professional than my description makes it sound.
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