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Stand-by for the Genacker

Stand-by for the Genacker
Copyright ©2005, Jens Birch
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This is helmesman Mitch Booth (#3 in the world) and his crew Herbert Dercksen preparing to round up and hoist their Genacker (the blue sail packed in the front of the boat).

It is one of my better pictures from the Europeans in Tornado, an Olympic sailing class considered something like an F1 counterpart in sailing. Unfortunately, the wind was very calm this week but fortunately, on such boats, they move fast and there is some action going on even under such conditions so I got something interesting to shoot anyway.

Cheers, Jens.

Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Action shots
Uploaded: 09-Sep-2005 10:04 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/1600 s
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal length: 200 (400mm)
Lens: Zuiko ED 50-200/2.8-3.5
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
White balance: Clouds
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
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Image resized to: 600x800

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Great action shot of those sailers. Well done..;-)

Fonzy - at 19:31 CEST on 09-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Thanks Benoit,

Benoit Comblin wrote:
> Uneasy to get a good picture from something moving to target another subject moving too.

Yes, it is taken from a small 4-5 m outboarder boat. It takes some training to get the horizon straight in this situation.

> Not frightened to splash your E1 too!

Of course not! If it get splashed with seawater, I simply flush it wit fresh water to get rid of the salt.

> Congratulation, one shot to undestand the event.

I'm glad you liked it!


Jens Birch at 23:23 CEST on 09-Sep-2005 [Reply]


The cool thing about this shot is the low DOF, which focuses the attention on the boat. By the way, where did this competition take place ?

Alfred Molon at 08:47 CEST on 10-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Hi Alfred,

Alfred Molon wrote:
> The cool thing about this shot is the low DOF, which focuses the attention on the boat.

Yes, the large aperture of the Digital Zuiko ED 50-20072.8-3.5 works beautifully in this case. - And... it doesn't hurt that this lens is pin sharp from edge to edge even wide open :-) It delivers when used correctly!

>By the way, where did this competition take place ?

The Tornado Europeans were held in the waters outside V?stervik at the Swedish Baltic Sea coast. I shot it on assignment from the Swedish Sailing Federation and could come very close to the action as I was in small outboarder boat together with a TV photographer.

Cheers, Jens.

Jens Birch at 13:16 CEST on 10-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Stand-by for the Genacker

Funny, it did not stay long. I still believe this is the best shot for this week so far; both technically and in composition.
- Sergey

Sergey Green at 17:40 CEST on 11-Sep-2005 [Reply]


Jens - another incredible shot.
If you ever decide to quite teaching, I think you could make a good living as a professional photographer!

Loren Lewis at 00:39 CEST on 14-Sep-2005 [Reply]