As usual at this time of year National Historic Ships has put the shortlisted images for its annual competition online – and as you’d expect they are a delight. If you’re like us and really enjoy a good photo, I’d say you should get over to the competition web pages as soon as you can.
The organisation has also published these tips on how to photograph boats – and I rather like their point about small cameras being more likely to be handy when you need them. I really like my little Panasonic TZ30, and the Samsung WB600 that went before got a lot of use too.
To their list, I’d add that I find taking shots a little after dawn or before before sunset seems to flatter a boat, and that while Beken (who supplied some of the tips) say we shouldn’t use a zoom, I don’t know what I’d do without mine.
So, like all these things, what they say is worth serious consideration but probably isn’t the whole answer. But on the other side of the argument, I knew how to take seriously good shots of boats, I’d be doing something else for a living, or I’d enter the competition myself!
National Historic Ships will announce the winners during October. Myself, I think they’re nearly all potential winners – but as I say, I’m a fool for a good photo!
Two Youtubes featuring some crazy music. Depending on your taste, you might like to turn down some of the piratey-rock nonsense in the first one and simply watch the lovely Morbihan go by – but that floating organ grinder is definitely entertaining…
Thanks to Hans-Christian Rieck for pointing out the boiler room video.
Once again, my photographer brother Matthew Atkin has gone out with his Fuji camera and brought home an oustanding set of photos, this time from Mumbai, India – and once again he shows how timber built boats remain supreme in many parts of the world.
Thanks Matt – this collection is jaw-dropping! I guess I don’t really have to add that these beautifully balanced photos remain very much his copyright, but they are.
My brother Matt Atkin’s mission to photograph interesting boats and water-borne life throughout the Far East using his Fuju Finepix X100 continues with a mass of illuminating photos from near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
He tells me these shots are of the floating village of Tonle Sap on the River Mekong, which as well as floating homes, a floating school and shops, a floating church (it has a cross above in the photographs), and a temple. The entire village moves from time to time depending on the level of the river.
I must say I like the cute little outboard canoes driven by what could easily be petrol-driven strimmers, and intrigued by the shallows-dodging prop-rudder-steering doberries the larger boats have.
Keep out of the prop’s way, though, if you happen to fall in!
The next selection of shots from this collection will include kids in large washing bowls, and a hand-powered travelling shop.