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Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
 

Shooting Tall Ships


 
 
I hope is an ok place to ask this. But coming up next week there is going to be about 15 Tall Ships coming through my town, and I have a nice spot picked out to capture them farily well. By the time they came through I should have a front lit subject. But I was wondering if anyone has tips for shooting these things. I have a Canon Powershot S3 IS, and I tried out the zoom, etc for the location;
But it is probably going to be very warm and humid, any tips for keeping my shots from looking hazy?

Thanks!
I'm sharing a practise shot.


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7/26/2006 2:19:21 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey rachel,
like in this shot you posted and asked for a fix you don't give any info.ya know.polarizing filter,iso,aperture,time of day.even the lens you used?
can you go to where they are docked in the evening?morning about to set sail?
i'm thinking you want to bump your shutter speed up?kinda bright out there eh?just pray for clouds.
fixed lens,missed that but i'm not going to look it up to find out which one and all that.
so I guess no.


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7/26/2006 8:11:26 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Sorry, I thought I had included all that on the pic.
Second, thanks for taking the time to give a suggestion. I'll hope for clouds and use a faster shutter. Also, here is the shooting info from my camera for that shot;

Shooting Mode
Program AE
Tv
1/1000
Av
4.0
Metering Mode
Center-weighted averaging
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
80
Lens
6.0 - 72.0mm
Focal Length
72.0mm
Digital Zoom
None
Image Stabilizer
On
Flash
Off
White Balance
Daylight

And I had no filters of any kind on, just straight camera. And the time they will be coming through is from 3 in the afternoon till 7 p.m. Location for the shot is harder because they are coming through from a bay, into a canal, then out into Lake Michigan. So I'm stuck shooting when they come through, on land where I can get close enough...between people.


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7/26/2006 9:22:05 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Tripod! Turn off the digital zoom if you can. Find a spot where you can shoot them both coming and going. If a cp won't work, try shooting thru the lens of polarized sunglasses..:-)
We had the Tall Ships here last summer, they are fantastic!!
Bob


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7/27/2006 7:31:33 AM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Thanks so much for the helpful comments Bob C.!!!! I know that my digital zoom is off, so that is a step in the right direction! And thanks for the good tip about the sun glasses : )

Thanks again for your help!

~Rachel


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7/27/2006 10:28:54 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  'Welcome..:-)
And I don't know about your canal, but when the Tall Ships were here, there were a million small pleasure craft surrounding them....so practice up on your cloning out in photoshop or whatever....There are a couple in my gallery, 3rd page maybe that I had to remove several smaller boats from.....Altho, maybe to you, the smaller boats will add to the image, I didn't like them...:-)
Have fun!!
Bob


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7/27/2006 10:45:42 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Greetings Rachel: I've photographed a number of these spectacular ships in Monterey, CA for the State. While the long portrait view, so-to-speak is nice, like the one you've posted, the closer you can get at some point, in order to photograph individual details of the ship, the better, IMHO.

Close up, detailed shots of rigging, under sail or not, ornate wood work, crew portraits in period costumes, shots through port holes if you can get access, and sure, as Bob suggested shots of smaller boats with the larger ones will help give them scale. Have fun.
Mark


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7/27/2006 11:20:46 AM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Thanks so much Mark and Bob for all the great tips and comments! I hadn't thought about the smaller boats, but there might not be too many in the canal at the same time. I guess just wait and see.
Thanks too for the idea of getting close up details of the ships. Two from Canada are going to be moored here for an extra day, so I am hoping to put those ideas into practise!
Thanks again to you both for the good ideas! : )


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7/27/2006 11:42:07 AM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
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  ....also, the pic was taken from on the side of the canal where I hope to be.


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7/27/2006 11:44:36 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  If you can buy tickets to tour the ships, do it now!!
If it's anything like when they were here, there was a line from here to tomorrow and back.....


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7/27/2006 11:44:57 AM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Unfortunately no tickets. The ones that are staying here over night, are staying for some privet party.
Actually the whole groupe of ships will be docked for a week at a city an hour from me. I just don't know if I can fit it in. : (


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7/27/2006 11:56:41 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Besides getting tickets in advance, talk to your local chamber of commerce and get them to retain your services to photograph the ships for use in local brochures and promotional materials (if any) with photo credit of course. THEN get them to make special arrangements for you to photograph "close aboard" so-to-speak to avoid the crowds and get what you need photographically.
M/ ;>))


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7/28/2006 11:14:53 AM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  didn't mean to sound like a school teacher scolding you rachel,it's just the way I speak(print).
anyway..with that shutter speed and IS you should be in pretty good shape.since there will probably be a lot of people around i'd worry about them kicking the tripod or tripping over it.yet they might see your set up and show a little respect.?
that haze could be very pleasing at sunset from the right angle.and in the early morning(sunrise)the humidity condenses near bodies of water like a light fog,sometimes in layers.so instead of hot and hazy,ya get cool and foggy.
time for recess,sam


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7/28/2006 1:35:55 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Thank you Mark for the idea of asking the chamber of commerece to use me. I don't know if my skills are quite that good yet, but it is something to think about. Thank you very much!

And Samuel, no worries. Thank you for the ideas for shooting with the fog/haze. I hope that I can find a spot that will let me get some sort of sunset in my shot as well.
Thanks again to all!!!!! : )


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7/28/2006 1:41:56 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
 
 
 
Thanks all again for the suggestions! Things moved so fast that they have been here and gone! I got a few keepers from the pics I took.
But I now know better what to do for next time.
Thanks again for all the help! Here is a shot that I am fairly pleased with : )


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8/1/2006 9:47:28 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Well it wouldn't show the pic... : (
Try my gallery.....


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8/1/2006 9:48:39 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Hey Rachel !!! I'm proud of ya !!! Nice work !!! I liked the silouhetted one best. Keep it up.
Mark


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8/1/2006 9:56:24 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Thanks Mark for the nice comment! : )
I'm glad that you liked the silouhetted one....it's my fave too.


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8/2/2006 10:22:55 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Yee Haw!
Good job, Rachel! I like the rigging shots!

bob


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8/2/2006 5:07:22 PM

 
Rachel E. Slepekis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/9/2006
  Thanks so much Bob for your nice comment! : )
Glad I could share! And thanks so much for the tips!

~Rachel


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8/2/2006 5:39:04 PM

 
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