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Straight out of camera.Photographer in a slightly-uncomfortable position.

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Very nice picture, well framed and as you say, from a slightly different angle from the norm. Were you somehow on the same boat or along side?

I love how the picture is dominated by just two colours, very good work, well done!

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Antony, thanks.


I do not want to give out so much at the start of the thread, but I can surely tell that I was indeed on the boat (as I for the previous several thousand miles...)

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I do like the composition and framing. From no sailing experience and without thinking too much, I guess you put on your Superman suit and flew alongside the boat. I do wish the guy had on a brighter shirt; remember the red glove suggestion you gave me?
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Salvatore, this really gets the meaasge across. The guy on the bow looks alert and engaged, and the small patches of colour are well placed in the image. I would guess that you were harnessed to the boom?
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Daily, it was risky indeed. Expecially fumbling single-handed with the white balance from my position.


Paul, thanks!


Thai, the most ironic of all things is that the guy at the bow has a fleece which is exactly of the same orange colour of the daggerboard to the right of the shot... but -for once- he was not wearing it!

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I was indeed hanging below the boom, which is the reason for which it is coming out -out of focus- from the top right of this image.

It was great fun!

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blow me down...we'll hang'em from the yardarm.

Nice photograph Salvatore Great placement of the horizon and just enough color to add to the excitement. It would have been nice if the bow was pointing a few degrees to port. Your shipmate would then have been framed against the lighter sky instead of the darker Scottish mountains.

Good thing Nessie didn't come up from the deep and grab you that day! Regards.

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Walter, you make me cry in despair...


I wanted to frame him there, but we were already stretching the angle at which the gennaker will stay full in light airs, no hopes of bearing away.

We even lowered the main sail to give it no wind shadow nor disturbance.


And then, thes un-cooperative fellas who do not change course for the sake of a picture... the alternative was to shot while hanging on starbord, as in the previous picture, but the light was quite flat on the sail...and I asked to be "gybed" in -I recall- not so soft a way...

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Oppressing, in the good sense. The 1/3 sky, low, flat clouds and length of the mountains makes it quite claustrophobic, and the crop of the sail seems to add to this. The man seems to be looking out for something dangerous, but not Nessie. She only appears when you're on land, and far enough away :-)


Reminds me a little of Jason and the Argonauts, when they have to pass through the Clashing Islands, or whatever they were called.

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Salvatore, this is a great perspective, and well worth your while to get. It is my favourite of your sailing shots. The light is subtle and moody. The water looks beautiful (could that silkiness be enhanced further?). The sail is gorgeous. The figure is a little lost - maybe could be brought out with a mask and curves. I can't say I like the orange... thing, but presumably it served a purpose and needed to be there. You've inspired me to post a sailing shot of my own, which is quite a contrast to the nice mellow feeling I get from yours. Nice job!
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Stephen, it somewhat felt oppressive all along the fault of the Glen. Sky always low, hills steep on both sides, murky water. That's why I like the orange daggerboard and the backlit sail to give some opening to it.

As for encounters, Nessie did not show up, but that was the famous night of the druid ladies...

Julie, if only he would have had his orange fleece of the same colour of the daggerboard that would have really pulled him out. Incidentally, I am really fond of our daggerboard, they make great subjects when you've a great magic light but nothing to take pictures of, like above here, or are a great support to shoot walruses.Getting serious, a project for the next sailing stint will be to try some long exposures and get indeed silky smooth waters.

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