I had two surprises last week at my favorite beach for sunrise photography. I had probably been photographing for 15 mins when I noticed that there was a fire further up the beach – it was still quite dark at 5 am and so hard to miss. As I looked closer I realized that there was someone sat at the fire and so I didn’t feel a pressing need to rush over to investigate further. I did have a chance to chat later – it was someone on the first night of their vacation so excited to be at the coast that they wanted to be sure they saw the sunrise and were keeping themselves warm while they waited. As it got lighter I also realized that there was a sailboat anchored in the cove and I rushed over to take the shot above. While it’s hard to tell from this image, the sailboat was probably in about 12 inches of water and must have been on the bottom at low tide. I’m not sure what kind of boat can stand that treatment but it made a nice change.
I would be the first to admit that I struggle to handle wide angle lenses. They cover a huge amount of real estate which makes it a challenge to control all the details within the frame. One of the things that I’ve consciously been working on with my rocks at the waters edge project is to use a wide angle for the majority of the images, just to force me to use it and get used to it. I naturally gravitate towards a longer lens that allows me to extract details from the whole, often resulting in an image that takes a moment to figure out what you’re looking at. This was the case for the image above. The larger fishing boats were at the dock in Scituate harbor and the yellow in the nets caught my eye.
There are few things that I enjoy more than poking around boatyards. I was lucky last fall to have a chance to spend some time on Martha’s Vineyard and to have an opportunity to visit the Gannon & Benjamin yard in Vineyard Haven. The shed that they started out using is still in use, although they now have a bigger building nearby. I hadn’t realized that these buildings are three sided so that they boat builder can roll the hull right side up when it’s complete. Poking around the shed there are all kinds of treasures that I can only imagine came from boats that were being refurbished and held onto in the hope that they could be useful in the future. This spinnaker pole perhaps falls into the same category. It was in a rack at the side of the shed, starting to show signs of being exposed to the elements.
When we sailed into Dutch Harbor towards the end of the 2010 sailing season one of the first things that we noticed was the curious looking trimaran heading out. It turns out this stunning looking boat was ‘Three Little Birds’, an ACC 11 built by Aquidneck Custom Composites. The weekend we visited Dutch Harbor Boat Yard was the first weekend that the owner had been able to take Three Little Birds out. It certainly seemed as though all on board on her were having a blast. Three Little Birds seems to have been well received at the Newport Boat Show and was described in a recent article in ‘Ocean Navigator’.
I look forward to seeing more of Three Little Birds next season. Hopefully I’ll manage some shots of her ‘in flight’. If I can keep up that is!
I was surprised to hear on the news recently that a fishing boat from Scituate had been involved with a freighter and badly damaged. I was even more surprised to hear that the fishing boat was the ‘Michael Brandon’, one of the boats that I have photographed regularly during my visits to Scituate harbor.
I wish the owner Thomas Bell the very best of luck in getting Michael Brandon back in operation again and I for one will look forward to seeing her reclaim her place in the Scituate fishing fleet.