Photographing the Challenge Wales YachtWednesday February 11, 2015
A Round-the-World Yacht Photographed in Penarth Harbour
Firstly, I have to admit that I am not and have never been a sailor. The nearest that I have come to sailing a boat is on the lake at Roath Park. However, being on the deck of a sleek yacht powering across the crashing waves is something that I've always wanted to experience and so I jumped at the chance of stepping aboard the Challenge Wales Round-the-World yacht during their open day.
Thankfully, the yacht was harboured in Penarth Marina and we didn't have any large waves to contend with. It was a rather gentle introduction to sailing.
Challenge Wales is an amazing charity dedicated to providing young people (aged between 12 and 25 years of age) a chance to develop their self-esteem and life-skills of team working and communication through the experience of sailing. I first met Vicky, one of the trustees, at a thebestof networking event last year at their offices in Cardiff and was immediately taken by their objectives and aims.
Armed with my Canon 5D and a few lenses, I wanted to try and take photographs that captured the character of the yacht and of sailing in general. Being a layman, I thought about what I would recognise and how that could be communicated through an image. Below deck, the limited space meant that to tell the story I had to use a fisheye lens. This enabled me to show a cabin or the main communications area in one photograph.
We were blessed with a beautiful blue sky, low sun and freezing temperatures, but this was perfect as a backdrop to the sails and the wider shots of the yacht. I took some close up shots of brightly coloured ropes and shiny pulleys and, of course, the Ship's Wheel and, hopefully, they provide a visual insight into the world of sailing.
It was a real fun few hours and everyone in the Challenge Wales team was fantastic. Their enthusiasm was infectious and everyone who came and board left excited and keen to get involved.
A selection of the photographs can be seen on my website and I am looking forward to the next Challenge Wales project.
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