Cowes, and not the mooing kind

On Wednesday, I went over to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, for the annual sailing festival.  I’ve been most years over the last 16 years, and have been trying to capture pictures since I had my first D40.  I always like to look for none boat based opportunities, but it’s mainly yachts and dinghies.  This year we were lucky enough to have a boat run aground on some rocks just off shore.  I’m not sure how they were going to retrieve it. The full album can be found on flickr


More Sailing – The Fastnet

The Fastnet is a race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock, which is south of Ireland, then back to Plymouth. It’s a bit insane!  I would have liked to have gone over to Cowes to get some shots, but it’s getting more expensive to go on the ferry, so I want to Lepe Country Park on the mainland instead.  There’s a fabulous spit which people stand on which added to the pictures.  I did find I’d generally underexposed my pictures.  I should have added some +ve exposure compensation. as I was shooting in Speed priority mode.

The full set can be found here.


Cowes Week

Each year in August, Cowes week takes place on the Isle Of Wight.  All sorts of boats spend the week racing, and the crews party long and hard at the end of the day (and still get on a boat the next day!).  I ‘ve been going for a few years, and enjoy the chance to get a new set of pictures.  Each year there are challenges.  Sometimes there is no wind and sometimes they race so far off the shore you can’t see anything!  This year there was some close in action (well I say action – nothing dramatic happened).  My 18-200mm lens can cope (just about) although I would love to get a longer lens for next year.

The full set of pictures can be found here.

Cowes Week

Cowes Week

Unusual Angles

It’s always a good idea to look out for unusual angles when taking photos.  I attended Cowes Week 2012 a couple of weeks ago, and find it much better to take the slow vehicle ferry than the fast cat.  This way you actually get to see something.  On the way back I was lucky enough to see four passenger liners coming down Southampton Water, and in the right position to get this shot.

Boat leaps out of water

Click on the link to see the full set from Cowes Week 2012