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p.1 #1 · 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 ;-)

C&C welcome.

Enjoy.

Denis
www.widgic.com

#1 - The pre/post race dock area (mooring actually).
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v52/p340563704-5.jpg

#2 - JP Morgan boat with the Golden Gate bridge in the background
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v57/p132738734-5.jpg

#3 - Prada boat
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v68/p286522959-5.jpg

#4
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v61/p512380765-5.jpg

#5
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v58/p42170386-5.jpg

#6
http://widgic.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v60/p485741331-5.jpg


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Aug 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


My God, windy and foggy in San Francisco- whou would have thought


Aug 23, 2012 at 03:26 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


okito wrote:
My God, windy and foggy in San Francisco- whou would have thought


Well, the weather during the weeks around Labor Day (first week-end in September) here are usually very nice, with hot, dry weather with the fog rolling in (if it does) only much later in the day.




Aug 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


I think under difficult conditions you did a good job
Thanks for posting
Bob



Aug 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


Great set of shots, especially given the "crummy" conditions you had to deal with. I really like how you were able to put many of the local icons in your backgrounds. Gotta love Lightroom! Were you on a private boat, or were there charters available to view the race?


Aug 26, 2012 at 06:15 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


Nice set of shots. Must be hard shooting a race amongst a pile of people on a moving boat.


Aug 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Shooting the America's Cup in San Francisco (or how to make crappy conditions look good!)


Good shots.

Were you there Thur? I was there Wed, just as foggy

you did real good under those conditions

Rags



Aug 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM





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