"Behind the Lens" Part 30 Mariquita

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Published 17:11 on 6 May 2020

For me probably the most photogenic yacht in the world is the 125 foot classic Mariquita, originally built in 1911.

During the 2012 Westward Cup in The Solent I set myself a challenge to capture the feeling of the pictures from the era when these classics were originally racing.Cameras of that era didn't have fast shutter speeds so I restricted this to between115th and 160th of a second rather then the usual 11000th required to get a pin sharp image. I had a lot of rejects but there were a few that worked. Of course it was much easier for me shooting on a digital camera with endless capacity, rather than just 8 images on glass plates from a rowing boat like Mr Beken used to do. Respect.


Nikon D700 17-35mm lens 1/20sec @f7.1 ISO400

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