Friday, August 28, 2009

S/V Jest at Sunset, Narragansett Bay, RI 2009

Jest at Sunset
1/6400 sec at f/4

S/V Jest finishing up a Tuesday evening race off Jamestown with her sails full of wind and sunset. The intense red and orange hues of the sky at sunrise and sunset are mainly caused by scattering of sunlight by dust particles, soot particles, and other aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere. Sunset colors are typically more brilliant and more intense than sunrise colors, since there are generally more particles and aerosols in the evening air than in the morning air. For more info visit:

Length (LOA) – 32 feet / Beam – 11 ft 4in / Draft – 6 ft 9 in Displacement – 3 tons
Built by Quest (Holby Marine Company), Bristol RI USA

S/V Weatherly, Narragansett, RI 2009

Weatherly on Starboard Tack
1/3200 sec at f/4.5

S/V Weatherly proudly displays a crisp American Flag off its transom on a beautiful summer day. She won the America’s Cup in 1962 for the New York Yacht Club Syndicate. For more info visit:

Length (LOA) – 69 feet / Beam – 11 ft 8 in / Draft – 9 feet Displacement – 29 tons
Built 1958, Luder’s Marine, Stamford, CT USA

Weatherly on Port Tack
1/800 sec at f/4.5

Water and horizon can be seen reflecting on the stern quarter and transom of this classic America’s Cup winning 12 meter yacht. Interestingly, the “12-meter” designation does not refer to the length of the boat; Weatherly is 23 meters. It refers rather to a formula that ensures boats involved in a competition are roughly comparable, while still giving individuals the freedom to experiment with the details of their designs. The result of the formula must be less than or equal to 12 meters, taking into account length, beam, girth, sail area, and freeboard of the vessel. For more info visit:

R "12" Bell, Narragansett Bay, RI 2009

S/V Northern Light, Narragansett Bay, RI 2009

Deck Chair, Bannister's Wharf, RI 2009

Castle Hill Light, RI 2009

On The Water With Onne Van Der Wal, 2009

Photo by Kelly Owens

I recently spent some time at a workshop on the water with my favorite photographer, Onne Van Der Wal. We spent approximately 5 hours in Newport Harbor/Narragansett Bay on a 50' converted lobster boat (M/V Gansett) shooting 12 meter sailboats, lighthouses, and other great subjects. I had a great time and learned a whole lot. Photos from this trip will be posted soon. I highly recommend attending one of his future workshops. Thanks to Onne, Kristin, Kelly and the rest of the crew for putting it together. More info on Onne and future workshops can be found here.