Onboard Photography with a Deceptionist Point of View
The skipper and crew of Santa Cruz 50 Deception are fairly accustomed to me snapping shots during races. Seen here are moments queuing up and competing in Rolex Big Boat Series San Francisco last September. For kicks, I used a GoPro at the start of the day--set to a wide field of view. Every once in awhile I need to mix it up and experiment with different cameras and angles.
Skipper said he's still a fan of the more traditional photos captured using a DSLR, and imagery with less HDR effecting.
Working with a GoPro is usually hit or miss; some shots are cool, others not so cool. These smaller action cameras lack the quality lens and focus mechanisms, and their lower resolution/lower MP count/smaller sensors do not produce the clarity found in images produced from a DSLR. On the upside though, being waterproof and small in size offer trade-off benefits. All shots were done while holding the camera, but there are plans to try a remote and place the GoPro right under the racers' noses and feet.