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Powerboat shoot in Sotogrande

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This past December, our team were commissioned to create images to be used in advertising campaigns for a new business venture featuring ultra fast powerboats based out of Sotogrande in southern Spain. This assignment presented with its own unique challenges. Orchestrating the positions of both the 20 meter Sunseeker shoot boat and the 38′ Hustler Slingshot at the right angle to the sun was in itself tricky.

On top of that, I had to maximize the number of usable sharp quality images captured of an object traveling at more than 85 miles/hr. In choosing the camera for the job, I needed a model with a high frame per second rate to capture as many images as possible in a short time frame. Each pass of the powerboat would only give me about 5 seconds of shooting time.

Taking all these factors into consideration, I ended up using the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, which features a capture rate of 5 frames/sec as well as a huge 3” fine detail LCD screens for image review on the scene. I fitted the body with an image-stabilized EF70 – 200mm f2.8 lens along with a B+W polarizer to saturate colours and reduce glare from the water.

To stabilize the camera and allow for rapid vertical adjustments, I used the lightweight Manfrotto Neotec monopod fitted with a custom bracket.

Using a technique called panning, I was able to create a speed effect using a slow shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/100 of a sec while tracking the boat with my camera resulting in sharp images of the boat itself with blurred background and water.

Once the shoot was done, the team and I got a taste of serious speed by taking a ride on this 600 horse powered Yanmar diesel racing machine! All I can say it’s one hell-of-a-ride!