Cardboard Boat Race! / by Stephen Ball

I had an interesting shoot on Saturday - a Client had asked me to take photographs of this year's Ocean Village Cardboard Boat Race - always a fun event and always well attended.

I scoped out the site early in the morning and noted that the floating office adjacent to the pontoon would be ideal as it would give shots of the boats on the start line with the crowds behind, plus the boats going past me mid-race and also a clear view of the boats at the far end as they turned around the marker buoy.  I met my Client just before noon and, as luck would have it, the floating office was where the press area had been set-up.

I had 2 cameras with me - a Nikon D800 with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, plus a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.  As the D7000 is a DX format crop sensor, this makes the 70-200 a 105-300mm lens so was great for the close-up shots.  It was good to have the 2 cameras as the action was fast paced and there simply wasn't time to keep changing lenses on the one body.  Settings wise, I was generally around f/5.6 (to give reasonable depth of field as I didn't want to completely blur the background and lose sight of all the spectators) with ISO200 to help keep the shutter speed high to freeze the action.

After the races and the prize giving ceremony, I headed round to the foam slide and the water slide where all the kids were having a whale of a time and I managed to get some great action shots with the foam and water flying everywhere.

I've put a couple of pics below of this great event.

Foam Slide
And they're off!!