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The "backyard" | by Mark Emirali
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The "backyard"

Many of us refer to the Waitemata Harbour / Hauraki Gulf as Auckland's "backyard" - certainly true if have any sort or water craft - the sea is so accessible here. - now I just need to win the lottery and get a boat :-)


This is one of the older Americas cup yachts you can pay to have a sail on. The people on board clearly had a ball and I was lucky enough to have a crack at shooting this (well trying) from a chase boat - new experience for me . The sky behaved itself too which was handy :-)


The bow of this yacht was over the stern of the boat we were in a few times which made it pretty exciting (see shot 2)


Lesson's learn't - have two cameras (with wide angle and std zoom on) as very difficult to change lenses, polariser was essential and I need one that copes with ultra wide lens a bit better - mine is too dark also knocking 2 stops off, keeping a straight horizon was fun and most of these are cropped slightly due to some angles, I need to be more creative but just hanging on and getting some shots was enough to keep me occupied first time out:-), I used shutter priority set between 1/500 and 1/640 on the camera so the images wouldn't be blurred.


Shot 1/500sec | f7.1 | ISO200 | 17mm | Polariser

Waitemata Harbour, Auckland


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Taken on November 4, 2011