Piers Blackett  

Using the Jib by Piers Blackett

November 2021 - Using the Jib

November 2021 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

Sailing can be a photographic challenge in finding the optimal lighting, direction of the boats and visibility of the participants and not concealed by the sails. At a nearby lake in Oklahoma City, they race quite far from the shore, so the best option is a telephoto lens on a tripod. The photo was shot at about 11 am with the sun mostly behind the camera, and at a point when the racers were using the jib for speed, a colorful addition. My settings were 1/3200, f/8.0, ISO 800 at 490 mm. using a 100-400 lens with a 1.4 extender and tripod. In postprocessing tonal adjustments were made in Lightroom before denoising and going to Photoshop to remove poles and wires on the shore and adding sky from my own collection using Luminar 4.

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7 comments posted

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I, too, love seeing sailboats under full sail, racing with the wind, and wishing I was on board.
In your image, the sense of movement is portrayed with zeal. I love the colors and shape of the sails.
The overall scene looks like muted light. It's not as vibrant as I would expect if it's a sunny day. The body of water appears to be a resevoir (man-made) as indicated by the nearest houses being below the waters berm. The background, overall, is distracting, despite the better-looking replaced sky.   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:26:48

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your insightful impressions. There was a overcast haze so I used the dehaze slider. The choice of clouds was arbitrary but not sure if other choices would be better. The elevated lake level is an advantage for catching the wind. There are seldom good background choices, so blurring it out could be an option.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:00:13

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love how you have captured the movement and the bold colors of the sails. Replacing the sky from the drab overcast I think was a good idea. Perhaps one with more blue would give some contrast with the trees. I hesitate to say anything about the buildings and trees of your background because we can fix up an image so much that it's no longer the story of the location.   Posted: 11/03/2021 16:44:51

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Piers, this is a great action shot. The stance of the sailers leaning back gives me the feeling of really moving along rather swiftly. I don't mind the muted colors surrounding the sails because I feel that the colorful sails really catch and hold my focus. Because the background is muted, I don't find it distracting. The image feels like mostly shades of grays with the brightly colored sails. I think it's great as is.   Posted: 11/04/2021 14:12:02

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
This is a great action shot! I would crop it in even tighter and use the patch tool in photoshop to get rid of the building on the right. The focus of the image is those sails and the speed they are attaining which I believe that a tighter crop would accentuate. I agree with Shirley that perhaps less clouds and more blue in the sky might be worth a try.
Makes me want to go sailing! haven't done that for a while.   Posted: 11/05/2021 08:15:39
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I agree. I found an image in the sequence with better background to work with and cropped as you suggested, and also added blue sky.   Posted: 11/15/2021 18:45:50
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Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Love this!   Posted: 11/16/2021 15:12:36