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Behind The Lens

Location
We are sailors, sailing a 37' Passport monohull around the Western Caribbean, Bahamas and in this shot western Florida. Here, we were sailing overnight with our buddy boat, s/v Swell Ride, from Charlotte Harbor on Florida's (just north of Ft Myers) west coast to Key West.
Time
This is one of my favorite sailing memories. Just before sunset, the sky and water turned magnificent shades of reds, yellows and oranges and the sun's rays lit our friends on s/v Swell Ride in the photo.
Lighting
The lighting in this photo is entirely Mother Nature (or maybe Mother Ocean?) at her best. What a treat!
Equipment
Shooting aboard a sailboat while sailing is always a challenge - especially at sunset or sunrise when the light is low. The boat is constantly moving and a tripod accentuates the movement so it's critical to shoot handheld. This shot was taken with a Canon Rebel EOS XSi with a Canon 18-200mm image stabilized lens.
Inspiration
I always grab my camera at sunrise and sunset while sailing out of sight of land - I'm still hoping to capture a green flash someday. On this evening, when the sky and ocean lit up with color, it turned into one of my favorite shots.
Editing
I shoot RAW so I used Lightroom to finish the photo, just a basic landscape preset and a bit of extra saturation.
In my camera bag
Since I'm a intermediate hobbyist photographer, I usually have my Canon XSi (now Canon T6i), my everyday Canon 18-200 IS lens on the camera with a polarizing filter, a 10-24 Canon wide angle, a SIgma 120-400 OS (for wildlife while hiking), a Cotton Carrier for carrying the camera while hiking, and a MeFOTO tripod which I don't use aboard the boat - especially while sailing! Plus normal stuff like an extra battery, battery charger, extra SD cards, cleaning supplies etc.
Feedback
As usual when sailing, I always take a series of shots, in hopes that at least one will be in focus and crisp. With everything moving it's not easy. Obviously it's an image stabilized lens, with image stabilization turned on for hand held shots. For this series of shots I varied between 70-100mm in focal length, 100 -160 as the shutter speed, F13 aperture and auto ISO. I used auto focus single point so I could focus on different areas of the image trying to capture an image that didn't totally blow out the bright sun and the rays. There were several images in the series, but this one was by far my favorite.

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