2017 was also pretty much a year of testing techniques and discovering new perspectives. I spend a lot of time to find out how create new perspectives with copters under various circumstances on water. The most recent copters are a perfectly stabilized platform and this has some potentials for new visuals. The successful Mirabaud 2017 shot is likely one of the beste examples. The platforms are however also perfectly useable as a stabilized platform for filming slow motions on water. I was testing some footage in summer 2016 for Slomo shootings but could not really find how to get stabilized sequences. A copter has not the capabilities to do tele kind of action shots but wide angle slomos come out nicely with the 120fps on 1080p footage recording. Its clearly compressed footage at 100Mbit bitrate and the sensors is also not a high iso wizard but somehow its easy to generate footage that reveals new structures and it should be possible to also get precise Slomos from fast paced sailing maneuvers.
Here a cut from summer 2017 where we spend some weeks in Scandinavia at the coast of West-Sweden and Skagen.
Likely best viewed when all the stress is over these days and with a single malt at hand at late night contemplations :)
The French sailing journal Voiles&Voiliers took my Mirabaud Racing Image 2017 as the cover shot for January 2018. Thxs very much! – thats terrific and also looks very cool. As the shot format was “landscape” they needed to do an upright crop. The final version they did works nicely and fits well with the headlines (www.voilesetvoiliers.com).
This was an incredible experience and wonderful to finish up this sailing season. My int505 time-motion-stack image was selected as the winner image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Contest 2017! Thxs to the jury and to Mirabaud/Hublot/MaxComm to make this possible!
I got this magic telephone call already some weeks earlier by the end of October and had to keep it as a secret for a while – not so easy when friends ask you constantly “any news from “Mirabaud”?” ;) .
Have to admit that I had to google the telephone numbers of the MaxComm team (Emily/Sophia and Bernard) to check if that is real or a fake call/email.
The price giving took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Aarhus at the 28th of November as part of the Yacht Racing Forum. We took some days off the weekend before and spend some sunny and cosy days at the seaside in one of these unexplainable ;) expensive (in summer) beach houses close to the beautiful national park area Mols Bjerge NE of Aarhus at Boeslum. That was pretty relaxing and I was also able to edit some press statements for MaxComm at the weekend and do some running. The rest of the time we did some hiking.
And on a personal note: these photo-shootings mainly at long weekends are only possible when you have a supporting network. So a big THANK-YOU to my family for keeping me free of ties all the time to do what I love to do and shooting assignments and trying to create the images that come up regularly in my pre-visualisation.
In front of the Radisson Blu in Aarhus, than afterwards trying to fit the Hublot watch case into the car … ;-)
Some AT-housing shots came also out nicely – but the water is too cold to do these kind of shots now – nice light for two days before it got very rainy again.
The price-giving took only 15 minutes and was very compressed with a short question and answer session (also online on FB). Tomas Moya won the Forum Award with a very touching shot of two sailors working hand-in-hand to upright a dinghy and Zita Kovacs won the Public Award – the Facebook award.
Overall the smaller boats dominated this year the highly ranked shots slightly and this is especially surprising as we had some big international events in 2017 (f.e. AC and J-Class World Championships).
Thanks to Mirabaud, Hublot and the team of MaxComm to make this possible!
The full press release of MaxComm and some shots from the price giving and Yacht Racing Forum below.
My time-motion stack made it into the Top20 of the international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest. This is really great since it means that the image will be displayed on some events! When I planned this shot in winter 2016/17 I never thought that this concept would work so well – although I felt that the potential application of these kind of shots is clearly multi-folded. First tests in April already went very well. Its a very graphical visual but these kind of shot composites also reveal tactical errors or wrong tacking decisions. The flight altitude limitation is basically the main problem for these copter based imaging concepts.
One of my shots made it into this year “Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest”. This contest is the only sailing and yacht racing image contest available and to have one image displayed there is a really nice year-end success and directs some attention and awareness to your work.
Selecting the one shot of a full sailing season for the contest is however a real challenge – I went through my LR library and reviewed all my 4-5star and BestOf selections and finally came up with 10 candidate shots. The int505 stack from the 505 IDM wasnt my first choice originally but it had this “I have to look closer – whats going on”-effect that only few images generate. Its hard to create shots that remain interesting and complex even after looking at them for a while. Adding time as a component to images is always adding a lot complexity. Its easy to visualize tacking-errors or positional changes – tactical aspects of sailing appear visually. This can lead to strong imaging concepts.
In fact the original 505 stack was a wee bit different. I removed the multiple shots of the rib that sits between the lee marks. It creates this one-against-many effect that makes the image more powerful but the contest regulations do not allow removal of objects and the stack is likely also at the border of violating these rules anyway. So I kept the multiple rib objects in the stack in the original submission. The Mirabaud Contest goes here: http://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2017/soren-hese/
Zum Seglerhaus-Preis des VSaW waren die Bedingungen etwas zweigeteilt, Wind gab es aber das ganze Wochenende. Schönes Licht brachte der Sonntag, allerdings leider nicht mehr sonderlich viele Wettfahrten. Die Bahn war diesmal etwas zu knapp vor dem Berliner ED-R 4 Flug-Sperrgebiet gelegen, weshalb der Copter nicht weit neben der 2ten Luvtonne stehen konnte. Dort spielten sich allerdings mit dem schönen Halbwindkurs in den Spitzenböen sehr schöne Actionszenen ab. Gut zu beobachten war das diesmal auch von der DLRG Station am “Rehwäldchen” wo sich auch so einige Leute eingefunden hatten. Bei tief stehender Sonne sind die Oktober Regatten immer etwas Besonderes (wenn denn die Sonne scheint – derzeit ja brilliant die Bedingungen).
Starke Szenen gab es beim Fotoshooting für das Drachengeschwader bei der IDM der Drachen 2017 auf dem Ammersee. Die ersten Sturmgradienten des Herbstes zogen über den Süden Deutschlands exakt zu den Wettfahrttagen der IDM. Windige Bedingungen mit schnell grenzwertigen Szenen gab es in der ersten Wettfahrt am Mittwoch. Leider war es in Folge schwierig komplette Wettfahrten durchzuführen, da sich kein stabiles Windregime lange genug halten konnte. Auch am 2ten Tag setzte sich schnell wieder eine sehr starke Nordströmung mit zeitweise 7Bf durch. Trotzdem sind am Morgen des 2ten Tages schöne Bilder entstanden, für eine volle Wettfahrt hat es aber am 2ten WF-Tag nicht gereicht. Eine Wettfahrt zum Sonnenaufgang um 7 Uhr hätte es getoppt:). Das Morgenlicht über dem Ammersee mit dem Bergpanorama im Süden ist einfach herrlich als Backdrop für Segelbilder. Aufgrund der Bedingungen war aber nur ein Bruchteil der Planung umsetzbar in 2 Tagen. So gab es nur wenig Gelegenheit für schöne Splitlevel-Shots auf den raumen Kursen und auch den Copter konnte ich nur am Morgen des 2ten Tages einsetzen. Angesichts der Bedingungen ist aber recht gutes Bildmaterial entstanden. Super intensive Tage im Süden mit 2 abendlichen Audio-Video-Picture-Shows im Augsburger Segel Club und vielen interessanten Gesprächen bei top Versorgung im ASC.
Letzte Woche fand ja auch die UAV-g17 Tagung in Bonn statt – eine Fernerkundungstagung mit UAV Schwerpunkt. Gute Gelegenheit mit den Leuten von DJI mal intensiver zu reden und einige Konzepte zu diskutieren. Nächste Woche geht es voraussichtlich nach Bayern für einige spezielle Befliegungen für die Vor- und Frühgeschichte, außerdem ist die IDM der Drachen in der Planung.
Kaiserpokal Gallery Preview: did some nice tests with the Haida 150 filter holder for the Nikkor 1424 wide lens. The wind conditions were kind of problematic and only two races were finished. Light and the overall cloud scenery however was really very nice for a photo shooting and the early morning hours now in September start to have this magic clean atmosphere and this wonderful light quality. mtc