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Old 01 April 2009, 10:11   #1
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The photoboat....a very small rib.

http://thephotoboat.com/

I like this site very much, do you have any simular around the southcoast of uk.....?
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it does!


joakim- is it the rib or the photography service you are interested in?
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Old 02 April 2009, 03:41   #4
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joakim- is it the rib or the photography service you are interested in?
I am a photographer... And i will move to uk this summer, and it is the combination i like. Maybe little bigger with a steeringwheel...
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I'm no expert & am sure there are a couple of pro's on here but I'm not sure that size boat would cut it in the UK . I think the subject of coding & photos has come up before - but I'm not sure standing up to take pics from that would give enough stability ( or protection from the water ! )
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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?

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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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Tim's spot on there. You'd need a bigger RIB. I know there's a company on the south coast that franchises the work out. Got the website bookarked somewhere, I'll try and find it.
I thought about trying it last year but due to other things happening in my life I never took it further.
Even if you use the cheapest DSLR you can find it's still going to be expensive in gear. DSLR's and lenses don't like being near salt water spray. They stop working very quickly so a divers housing would be a good investment. But very cumbersome to use. You could chance it and never have a problem but if your doing paid work you need to know your gear is going to last untill the end of the job. A back up camera would be an idea too. You could have a telephoto on one camera and a wideangle on the other so your not exposing the sensor to the enviroment.

I'd say min camera spec would be
atleast 5fps
clean hi ISO1600 for over cast days
Dust and splash proof DSLR and lenses like the Canon 1D MKIII with L glass or any of the Nikons fromt the D300 up. I'm not sure which Nikon lenses are sealed as I was a Canon man.
And soemone to jockey your boat who understands where you need to be and why
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I think this is the topic of conversation on hundreds of boats that I photograph… “Why in the world is that idiot out here in that little boat!”…
Well, I used to work for www.YachtShotsBVI.com , and my good friend Guy Clothier originally got the idea from Tim Wright, while he was photographing in the BVI.
Now, I photograph a large amount of sailing regattas on the US East Coast. I thrive in heavy wind conditions with wave heights well over my head, miles offshore… and so far, since I’ve been in business (since 2005) have never ruined any equipment… maybe lucky so far. I do admit that in seas over 5ft or so, I slow down to around 8kts while traveling upwind to avoid flying off the top of one wave, just to plow into the next.
I use Nikon D300’s and like slimtim said, I don’t change lenses while on the water. I have a spray guard that covers my camera and my hand to half way up my forearm, the only exposed part of the camera is the front of the lens itself.
I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to check out www.PhotoBoat.com
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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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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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I think this is the topic of conversation on hundreds of boats that I photograph… “Why in the world is that idiot out here in that little boat!”…
Well, I used to work for www.YachtShotsBVI.com , and my good friend Guy Clothier originally got the idea from Tim Wright, while he was photographing in the BVI.
Now, I photograph a large amount of sailing regattas on the US East Coast. I thrive in heavy wind conditions with wave heights well over my head, miles offshore… and so far, since I’ve been in business (since 2005) have never ruined any equipment… maybe lucky so far. I do admit that in seas over 5ft or so, I slow down to around 8kts while traveling upwind to avoid flying off the top of one wave, just to plow into the next.
I use Nikon D300’s and like slimtim said, I don’t change lenses while on the water. I have a spray guard that covers my camera and my hand to half way up my forearm, the only exposed part of the camera is the front of the lens itself.
I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to check out www.PhotoBoat.com
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