Saturday, December 13, 2008

2009 Calendar

images from Maine, Newport, Block Island, and San Francisco. the shot from San Fran is pretty wet, these guys just started planing past us and everyone in the boat basically got a similar shot, of course I thought mine was slightly better! The shot of Katabatic reminds that a guy fell off right about there and JH and I had to haul him onboard the Dauntless and then actually drop him back off on the boat.. here he is in the water!..

I was telling someone today how back in 1993 I got my first calendar published using a $100 Pentax K-1000 that I had used in my photo classes at Bowdoin... now that's starting at the bottom.. here it was in 1993..
You gotta love those colorful bloopers... Wow that's 16 years ago isn't it?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cruising World September 2008 Cover

My dad will like this one, cause I used his tender to putter around the harbor at sunset and shoot this sunset with all these beautiful wooden yachts ready to race in the reach regatta the next day. I think that's a Abigail in the forefront.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Waves from Hana and my air show...

Good day to shoot the Gannet out at halfway rock skimming the big waves from Hana in low light... the Navy Blue Angels were in Brunswick today but I got my own private air show!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

IOD's at Northeast Harbor

What a fantastic sailing day in Northeast Harbor and Hinckley and Morrisville USA... the IOD labor day regatta is posted here, and all the cruising shots are here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Stay Calm

Nice shot by JH Peterson during thursday's NYYC Race Week, the trick is just to relax and go with flow. I've never hit anyone - seriously. Have I got yelled at, maybe... and by not just yacht owners.
Check out all the pics from the race week here

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pumpkin Island on the Reach

Shooting the Reach Today with friends out for the ride! What a beautiful day for a sail.


Got the gyro going for this, I'm glad the Honda has pretty much perfect touch control because shooting this with no driver was slightly tricky... what a fantastic boat to shoot and sepia tone... just call me Morris Rosenfield please! Now if I could just sell my collection to the mystic seaport museum for a million I could by that helicopter I've been eyeing on ebay...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lift Off!

I chased this eagle in the photo boat at top speed across Rockport Harbor after seeing him out by the lighthouse, and he landed in the trees across the harbor and I got out the big lenses to capture him taking off again. It's great to Eagles making a comeback on the coast of maine and beautiful to see one this close.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Halfway Rock Light

Not a really windy day for shooting yachting anywhere, so after about 10 hours sorting photos in the office, I headed out to Halfway Rock with the ipod, snapped this shot and headed back in the dark...I think the the trip was worth it, I'd never actually been there by boat, though I have some nice aerials of this I wanted the sunset shot.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Perfect Summer Cruising in Maine

Fantastic sailing days and lots of cruisers out on the beautiful Maine Coast thursday and saturday. Shot a bunch beautiful yachts with some great backdrops, here's the track map with locations of a few good ones! If you weren't out sailing these two days you need to think hard about what you are doing with your boat!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Contrasting Lifestyles

Ken and I were heading out to Swans Island to pick up the 17' Montauk so he could shoot the Atlantic Regatta over in Blue Hill. This mega yacht comes along with this woman doing a workout on the deck with ipod on and clearly some added hardware... meanwhile a bunch of schooner people are going the other way checking out the whole scene. Now there's some "contrast" for you... hmm... who looks like they are having more fun?

Peeks Island Ferry at Sunset

I lived on Peaks Island for a winter back in the early 90's what a beautiful spot. Here's the ferry coming into to Peeks last night... wow how'd I'd catch the moon so perfectly?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Down East Race, Cape Rosier, The Reach, Swans

Some beautiful backdrops here shooting down Down East Race Weeks final day racing from Castine around Cape Rosier and Under the Deer Isle Bridge as well as some nice cruising shots around Pumpkin Island. That's my dad's Francis 26 Petrel on the mooring with the moonrise in Mackeral Cove on Swans Island where he spends the summer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Casco Bay - what a day

Well I was on a mission to shoot Wendameen at this angle today for an artist... I think I did a pretty good job on that one, then I bombed around and got some other great shots, and really got a nice tangle on the prop and had to get out not only a knife but even pliers to get this all off as it was really jammed up in the crevase between the prop and lower unit, not a pretty site, it took me about 15 minutes, and I was way out there at point #21!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Maine Boat and Harbors Show!

Fun to be on the other side of the camera for a change! Nice shot by Jeff Scher who was shooting for Six River Marine, who builds these beautiful boats.

ERR 2008 Reflections

At Eggemogin Reach 2008, these boats looks good even when there is no wind... see all the pics here

Friday, August 8, 2008

No wind but who cares at Eggemogin...

Annie Pathik took this photo at the Eggemogin Reach regatta, with my dad driving, there's no way I could ever get this reaction! Nice work Annie, now tell me exactly what you did to get these boys to do this! see all her pics here and order some great ones!

Sail Newport Regatta Fun Stuff

Nacra's rounding on sunday at the Sail Newport Regatta, photo by Ken Winokur with Annie Pathik driving the Montaulk...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Castine to Camden Feeder Race Finish

This day started out just foggy as all heck, but there was a glimmer of hope at the finish... then some rays of sun!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Try to beat this time (1:46)

Can you beat my quick solo boat haul-out time of 1 minute 46 seconds? Here's some tips for you if you are one of those slow pokes...

Points East Cover shot, pick it up free at your local yacht club or marine store! Great free reading... This shot is of the J24 "Bad Apple" during last years MS Regatta in Portland, which was probably the windiest MS regatta ever, fun stuff. See all the pics from that day here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hyannis is Windy...

Ken said he came really close to flipping the Montauk here in Hyannis today, they called the races after things got a bit out of hand apparently, Ken got some great shots up until they called things off... check them out here

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lightning over Nubble Light in York Maine

I find photography is really a combination of many skills which is fun. This photo came about totally unplanned since I was driving back from Newport and hit a bunch of lightning coming into Maine. I thought to myself where can I quickly drive to (it was already like 11pm) and shoot something with lightning behind. {skill #1 gadget freak skills} I stopped and pulled up the POI memory on the GPS in the 4 Runner and realized Nubble light was only 7 miles away... so I just hit "guide" and away I went. The roads were practically flooded so I tested out the 4 runner's water fjording capability on route {skill #2 offroad driving skills}. When I got there I pulled in and somehow dug out my tripod and set up a shot. The camera was getting soaked so I backed in and flipped up the hatch for some protection {skill #3: creative use of available assets} ... the problem was I only getting the lighthouse clear when people would drive in with their headlights, so finally I got this guy in a mini cooper to shine his lights on the lighthouse for me {skill #4: being able to talk people into helping you out} ... still not a lot of luck but I was getting the time of the exposure I liked on the red light of the lighthouse itself... then I really started to get on track when I found my portable high intensity spotlight and starting "painting" the lighthouse with it during 30 second exposures {skill #5: carry all possible items at all times and know how they all work} . Luckily I also had this portable power battery I got at Wal Mart that is supposed to jump start your car or boat, but also has a cigarette lighter... so I could walk around and light things from different angles and trigger it on and off during the exposures. I think I took over 35 30 second exposures or something before I thought I had my "base" material {skill #6: understanding digital photograhy and the 40D's functions to produce sharp images at night} ... the final process involved layering the images in photoshop and basically taking what I needed out of each image to create a final piece {skill #7: knowing how to post process images creatively in photoshop} , I'm not sure the name for this but it's a few of the photoshop books I've read at Borders in Annapolis... yeah I'm still too cheap to buy them... is that skill number eight? Click the image to enlarge and don't steal it please except for your personal wallpaper... the great thing about this kind of photo is people actually think you were genius enough to walk up at the right time and just shoot a photo that came out like this, and that's the way we professionals like it cause they'll never get anything close to this with that kind of thinking, and neither will we!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Full Moon and Portland Head Light

Well I got locked in the park after this shoot without my phone. Since there's no coverage out there anyhow it's kind of funny that they have this sign at the gate that says "if you are locked in, call 767-3323" Luckily I had downloaded a free video on my new ipod touch that I had hardwired to my JBL in the 4 Runner, so it was like being at the movies until the cops finally came and let me out... "sir, we were told by dispatch that you refused to leave the park when requested after telling the ranger you were shooting pictures of the moonrise"... I also got bit by about 243 mosqitos, man I earned this one. Check my complete Maine Scenics geotagged collection here

Video- Melges 24's at Sail Newport Regatta: Sunday

Well I just had the video camera mounted on this bracket I wasn't even looking through any lens but at least it's halfway decent. I'll have some great photos from all the courses coming up, as I covered all the outside racing while ken was in shooting all the one designs during this fantastic day of racing in Newport... check my site for links to the outside and inside circles. All photos are now posted.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Big Air

After shooting some of these guys and seeing how much fun they are having, I think I may have to trade in my windsurfing gear for one of these babies. I'm thinking I can actually carry it with me, whereas windsurfing gear is just so bulky and I can't really leave it around on top of my car when I'm shooting races... anyone got any ideas where I can make a trade? I guess Island Windsurfing in Newport has some swap sales, they apparently don't take used stuff for cash though... This photo is pretty cool, I took part of it at the big boat series in 2006 and the other part on cape cod...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Rapid Fire in Newport Sunday July 6th

Here's my track log from Sunday, I basically shot everything and everyone that was moving and apparently having a good time. All the photos are online now at shutterfly so you can all purchase prints at reasonable prices right now.. Just Go here..

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Searchable Galleries beta (self pat on the back)

Well I just posted my first database driven photo gallery while also learning Adobe Lightroom after switching to RAW format on my 40D .... I think I slept about 3.5 hours per night the last week. Since it's in "beta" I wanted to create a mirror, but my other server host kicked me out for over quota... well lets just hope my personal web server doesn't crash.... it's pretty cool though, I've always kind of hated the "add to cart" photo systems I think they just make everything really confusing. Anyhow tell me what you think... it's basicaly a "mini-site" right now, but it seems to be working! I can't believe it...mysql, php, flash, apache, to name just a few of the terms I've been throwing around! Well here it is give it a spin and cross your fingers...

And don't forget to track me this weekend, hmm.... where might I be going?

Thursday, June 26, 2008


This is what happens when you work too late sorting photos, they get harder and harder to ID as your eyes start getting blurry, finally you are basically hallucinating and the photos look like this and are really hard to identify! "hey I think that sail number starts with 4 and ends with a 36" Hmmmm.... now if I just look over the scratch sheet for 2 hours I should find it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Detour on the Commute Home

It's nice to live in such a beautiful spot here in Freeport Maine. I saw this rainbow on the way home yesterday, and like any good pro photographer, I didn't have my camera with me, so I ran into the house grabbed my camera and drove down to the docks which are luckily only about a mile from my house. I played around with this a bit in photoshop then uploaded it to Panoramio and Geotagged it... check out my geotagged photos on Panoramia if you haven't seen geotagging yet, and pick a picture you'd like for you wall! I was pretty happy to see almost all my photos were selected to be viewed in google earth by google, cool!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Newport to Bermuda Race Update #1

Well it's 3am and I'm back home from a great day of aerial shooting off Newport for the BIG RACE. We also had the boat out there with two photographers shooting from the water, so we'll most certainly have the best selection of pics of any outfit, and you'll actually be able to see them online, get cropping and corrected proofs via email, choose exactly what paper you want, and order exactly what you want rather than getting a tube of really expensive aerial photos mailed to you that you don't want, then returning them only to have a collection agency after you. We had 21 knots up at 600ft. so it was probably a bit less down there, but it looked fantastic. We worked our way up and down the fleet and got some great "down the bow" shots that should be picture perfect for your wall. All the images we shot were shot in RAW format using Canon 40D's and L series lenses which means a few things, but let me just make simple and say it doesn't get any better than that... quality prints, reputable custom service, no wind vortex on your sails, and people who know sailing inside and out... the dedicated team at wavelength... and here they all are, just type your boat name in the search box...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Enroute to the Newport Bermuda Race Course

Here's a fun, non professional, video I took with my Pentax Optio W30 -- a great little waterproof camera for onboard shots too-- of us heading out to the start of the Newport to Bermuda race... what a beautiful day for a plane ride...join me for the ride!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Most Valuable Lens

This isn't sailing but it's pretty cool... Me and my nephew Jasper headed down to the Celtics Victory Parade and got some great shots with the monopod and the 900mm on the 40D and me up on the edge of one of those statues hanging on for dear life. I then made this from the best hi-res photo and put it on ebay for sale as a print... Heres the complete gallery of photos... Jasper managed to leave his backpack on the TRAIN at Harvard, but luckily the SPOT tracker was in the knapsack so we had his mom track it online, and told the MBTA that it was going up and down the line, and to have someone one grab it for us... it got returned after a wild goose chase and 2 hours spent riding around the T... another lesson learned.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Block Island Race Week update #2

What a pristine perfect clear day for the "around island race." My associate Ken Winokur was in the Cessna dogfighting the boatpix chopper. Just a quick tip: do not buy helicopter shots from boatpix or any chopper outfit unless you want to continue to have them ruin both the purity of yachting and ruining your wind with their downward vortex. I am a CFI and I know you can take great pictures out of plane. Boatpix is a helicopter school, not a marine photography business of any quality, check the anarchy topic here on them before you fill out their online form. I'm sure you saw me in the Dauntless with the 300mm getting you head on and with the cliffs and ligthhouse in the backround... should be some fantastic shots... but it's been a long day and I'm hitting the Celtics Victory Parade tomorrow with my Nephew Jasper, then driving back to Newport for the Bermuda Race... wow, went to the pre-race party thanks to SLAM and I must say, the boats in this year's race are more than amazing, like mind boggling sick crazy carbon fiber rocketships.....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Block Island Race Week update #1: whoa!

I headed out to Block Island today and rented a bike to get some lighthouse shots, since the wind wasn't so great for yachting photography, and it looked like wednesday was going to be THE day to shoot... when I got out to the lighthouse I was shooting a portrait for this lovely woman (see up in the tower?) when an R44 came flying right through the lighthouse!... the Canon 40D is amazing, it shoots like 7 frames a second so I caught this image in spectacular fashion... surprisingly when I went back to the dock and told people about what I saw, they said I had been drinking a smoothie with one hand and fell off my bike and injured my brain - (yes I did fall off when my shoe slipped off the pedal while I was holding a smoothie in one hand, and yes I did decline the helmet, but my brain is just fine!).. so just email them this! Tomorrow we will have both aerials and on the water shots taken and lets hope the lighthouse reappears in its original form so we can get some great shots with you going by it intact and in all it's glory!

Photo to Art? Your decision....

Looking at the forecast for block island right now... decisions, decisions...
Well I made this at the coffee shop yesterday, if I get enough positive comments (and not too many negative ones,) I'll make some more of this kind of stuff, so let me if you thinks it's complete rubbish or a masterpiece that should be in the MFA! (click "comments" below)

Monday, June 16, 2008

NYYC Racing Sunday : Blow it up!

Here's a nice shot from sundays race of the new open 60 called Speedboat, and this thing sure is fast... Once I saw the facial expression of the crew, -sorry guys I hope your girlfriend(s) thinks this is funny at least- I realized this would be a great example to show how much information is actually in these photos which you never see online when you are perusing the galleries. I have heard comments in the past that customers think the photos look "fuzzy" online and that when they printed them out they weren't very sharp so they weren't sure whether or not to order an enlargement. This example shows the 3 people highlighted blown up to 100% on my computer screen. What does this mean you ask? Well I'll tell you. Your computer displays 72 pixels every inch. This means if you were to need a computer to view EVERY pixel of this image which is 3888 pixels wide, your screen would need to be 54 inches wide. That's pretty big, so if you have a 51" Samsung HD, you would be viewing every pixel of this image, and if you blew it up any more the screen, or rather the software used to run it would have to "interpolate" i.e. guess what pixels to put where you have to see something - ie. you can't just leave them "blank"... this whole process works in reverse as well when you shrink a picture down so people can view it easily on the web and it doesn't take an hour to download, you simply have to cut out pixels, which imaging software does when you save an image for web viewing. So the moral of the story is, remember there is always more information in all these photos you don't see here on the web, and photos can be blown up and cropped to a very large degree; for instance if you wanted to "cut yourself out" and order a 5 by 7 of that cut out, it would be plenty sharp even you took up only a paltry 20% of the photo! Make yourself a star and blow yourself up!

NYYC Annual/BIRW update Monday

Over at Brewed Awakenings (wish I was actually awake) in South Kingston early this morning, think I'll take the day off and shoot block island on tuesday and/or wed. Only 56 boats I see so not a big market this year. But worth a good day or two, I haven't shot the around the island race in sometime so let's hope that it's wednesday so I can rest up for the Bermuda start friday. Looked through my associate Ken Winokur's photos from Friday. Some really good stuff from above. You can't even get this stuff out of a helicopter (unless you are shooting when your boatpix helicopter crashes) ...Ken's invented a new unmanned aerial photo gyro system he's patented and will be shooting a number of events using this proprietary system for me. We bought the rights for all yachting photography using this system through 2030 (I'll probably be pretty tired of shooting yachts by then.) Anyhow, check out this great shot on the left... we'll be posting boats by individual galleries this year, so request photos of your yacht to be posted, because it's first come first serve. We also have many excellent photos of each boat in this years regatta, including many super close up portraits of crew members which we will price so you can purchase a photo of yourself in a 5 by 7 or 8 by 10 for a very affordable price.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

NYYC Annual Update #1

It's sunday now and we've got some great shots so far. Today I'll be focusing on the leward mark takedowns, and more close up crew action with the 300 or 70-200 if the seas stay calm. Yesterday I was able to use the 300 with the 2x (making it effectively 960mm with the sensor effect) due to the flatness out there and subsequently got each crew member individually. This lead me to start thing about how to make these photos more affordable to crew members (a problem which has plagued me in the past) Now that I have the equipment to get "individual" people portraits, I will be looking into how I can make these photos as available at a non-custom print print price so that you won't have to pay $100 for a picture of yourself racing... Normally I send cropping proofs and digital corrections ect.. which makes selling prints for $15 or $20 a loss considering the time I attend to each detail in the image. In this case I will likely upload all these crew portrait photos to an automated site such as shutterfly so I won't have to do anything... sound good? My associate Ken Winokur got some great aerials (see posts above for samples) and we should have some beautiful "boat portraits" from this day. Remember to email me if you are jazzed for photos, you'll get your gallery posted first come first serve, and we are much more likely to shoot a sequence of more images of a rounding ect. if we know you'll be looking on the site for them...

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Photo Boat Arrives!

I really get upset when the competition "out does" me so this time I ordered up a real bad boy. This thing can sink pretty much anything out there with one blow, and when the next boatpix helicopter crashes it'll be an easy salvage and a great platform to fly it from (with new graphics).. actually I think I'll just scrap it and actually take some good photos from the water... the only issue I had with the delivery crew is that they went and scratched my graphics while they were racing the CAT, that new high speed catamaran ferry out of Bar Harbor and Portland... you just can't find good help these days. My last assistent used to jump waves so much, he torqued the thing and the power head finally blew on the outboard. He's officially called "break-it" now and is always ready to lend a hand if you want to make sure something is rock solid (don't bet on it).

Find Me Spot

Wow it's working: Check out where I'm shooting (or where I last called it a day) at any moment now on a google map... I'll turn off the tracker at night when I'm wandering around aimlessly looking for a park bench to sleep on, or some boat that's got a nice empty bunk with my name on it. My loves this thing, and when people call and say "where are you" I just tell them to hit the site. I also found this great little pelican case for my blackberry which I am hoping will work with the new JawBone noise canceling blue tooth earpiece so that I can take calls on the boat of those high-tech folks who are surfing online while sailing, hit my spot page, and see that wow there I am 2 miles east of them... now all I need is a credit card reader for this thing and I'll sell them a flash drive full of photos on the spot after they call me from their cell 3 miles away and order the photo boat to start shooting them! My brothers wife who is a professor at the MIT media calls me an "early adopte." That's a nice way of saying that I'm the kind of person who can put up with many hours of troubleshooting technical issues in order to the coolest guy with the latest gadgets... and it's certainly true... (at least the gadget part)

* this service in beta, wavlength does not guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this service.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Headed out for a quick 3 hour trip to Monhegan Island. I had never taken the ferry before so I just wanted to enjoy a beautiful Maine day without launching my boat, wow that was nice, I could get used to this the image to enlarge!

Glassy Water

Shooting sea life in glassy water is actually great. When the breeze dies just head out with your 600mm lens, some ripped biceps (wishful thinking,) and a stealthy boat that glides quietly toward a rock of sunbathing beauties...I turn the engine off to drift in closer hoping they won't jump in, and what do you know, my cell phone rings! It's Jeremy wondering if I'm going to hockey today...and what's that yelping in the backround he asks? My dad had told me the seal pups are out now so the seals are pretty vocal and skittish at the moment. He said you can hear them yelping for miles at night when the water is very still and sound travels seamlessly... this is also good advice for cruisers... don't blab about stuff you don't want to see on Sailing Anarchy's forums the next day if you are moored in a quiet harbor at night with calm water.

Swans Island: Illegal Parking

Headed out to Swans Island for an early father's day visit since the NYYC races are next weekend in Newport... the only dock was the ferry terminal and I took the "don't ask or I won't be able to do it" route and just left the photo boat there. When I came back there monday to leave there was this hilarious sign the Harbor Master left on the top of the ramp - a "hastily written scribbled sharpie law of order" from the top - something one only sees in Maine! Also love the way this sign is tied to the post with some trap line that was probably sitting around in the back of his truck for the last 5 years...

Riding while shooting backward with one hand

Well this was easier than shooting the sugarloaf marathon runners a couple years ago while skating BACKWARDS on rollerblades... If you are crazy enough to hold a 2 thousand dollar camera and lens with one hand backwards while riding your bike 2 feet in front of someone, you too deserve to get a shot like this! Now all I need is someone of the opposite sex and really cute and outdoorsy then I might be able to sell this image for big money... any volunteers? I'll give you a cut!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bernard: Early Morning Panorama

Panoramas are pretty cool, there's whole books on how to make these. I always seem to forget to set up the tripod... and used to even shoot them horizontally, oops... anyhow it's really quite basic if you just set the camera on manual, and are shooting digital, and have some nice software to put them together. Back in 1999 I was hired by Hinckley to shoot their "rendezvous" and after dropping my film off at the lab I hiked over valley cove to get this panorama shot of a zillion dollars worth of Hinckleys all rafted up like one big happy Mutual Fund managers meeting. The images were stitched together manually from 4 slides that were scanned by a friend of mine who had a really fast computer... I had to pay him $150 at the time, a steal considering I sold all 30 of these I made...(you can still order one if you want, I'll make a one off) It also made the front page of the web for a number of years (no, they didn't buy those rights) the calendar (not those either) and the Xmas card (yes you can use it there I said!) ... the freelance marketing lady responsible for this "photographer abuse" has since been "let go" so no grudge against Hinckley here... Anyhow here's the latest from Bernard Maine, what a great surprise gift this make for our hosts who woke up to this daily... I took this from their front deck then went in and some awesome New Hope Mills Pancakes, they were so good I ordered 4 bags for my dad on for fathers day... try'em you won't be disappointed...The 2 eagles perched across the way were just too far away even for the 600mm, so I just looked at them from there... Make sure to click on this image so you can see the enlarged version... rather nice I must say...