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| p.1 #1 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!) |
Went out to "the city" (as San Francisco is known for us leaving in the Bay Area) to shoot the America's Cup AC45 match racing today. Since I didn't know what to expect, I took minimal equipment with me: one body (D3s), my 600mm F/4 with a monopod and a 24-70mm F/2.8. Not really knowing how far we were going to be from the boats I also took a collection of TC's.
Equipment wise, the race course was close enough to the spectator area that the 600mm was a good compromise. The problem with the 600 is that it is so freaking big with the hoods that when it's windy it really acts like a sail... So keeping things steady is pretty hard. Next time (Friday), I'll bring the tripod and gimball. The problem will be to setup the tripod in the middle of the spectators... Today was OK, I suspect that Friday it will be a zoo.
Weather wise... it sucked! The fog had rolled in, making lighting crappy (all flat) and cutting down on the sharpness with the 600mm and the wind wasn't strong enough for these AC45's, so the action was so so...
Here are a few action shots from the day (for those who want to see more you can go to my gallery at http://widgic.zenfolio.com/120822-01).
I also posted a "before and after" post processing shot to show how with a little work in Lightroom one can make crappy conditions acceptable ;-)
#1 - The pre/post race dock area (mooring actually).
#2 - JP Morgan boat with the Golden Gate bridge in the background
#3 - Prada boat
Before and after: