I just love this shot. The boat looks pretty graceful given the conditions and if you need some bravado on the ocean, this does it for me.
Simply put, I was onto our chase boat with one hand holding on for dear life and the other using every muscle I had to keep the camera steady as I watched 25+ knot speeds in real-time. It took breaking an imaging stabilizer from the violent shaking to get this one!
What were your goals and hopes from this shoot? What surprised you (for the good and the bad)? Did you have a specific image or story you wanted to tell?
My goal for the shoot was to get some really stunning imagery of the boat in full action, but I had low expectations given the time of year (typically, New England has a high-pressure in mid-summer). I was mentally preparing to shoot this in rather underwhelming conditions and we most definitely got the opposite… so the challenge went from trying to use photographic technique to fudge the story, to physical strength to hold on tight enough to not miss the insanely sick action that actually went down.
This shoot was intense and the athletes were operating at a very high level. When you’re documenting an athlete at that level, what are you looking for so you can make sure you capture that story? What’s going through your mind?
I’ve been shooting long enough to know the best thing I can do is stay out of the way and let the athletes do their thing. The less I’m in the frame of their eyes the better, and I can get involved in a peak action moment. These are professional athletes that excel in these realms so it's my job as a photographer to disappear and let it happen.