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Sailboat Race | by sydandsaskia
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Sailboat Race

I was on watch while fishing one sunny afternoon and we found ourselves in the middle of a sailboat race. I don't remember which race it was or where they were headed. I wanted to photograph this unique spectacle but I only had my 50mm standard lens on the camera (for some reason I had left my 135mm and 300mm lenses in the locker above my bunk) and the range was too great for that small lens. The boats were mere dots on an ocean of blue. My crewmates were all asleep and as I didn't want to leave the bridge unattended to get the larger lenses, I taped my camera to one side of the binoculars and shot off a half dozen frames. By this time we were crossing more than a nautical mile behind the last boat. This was the only shot that really turned out. Has a bluish pre-1950’s feel to it.

Taken from the LE 62 'Pietertje Elizabeth'.

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Taken in August 1983