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Venedig, America’s Cup da muss es Bilder geben. Moderne Rennyachten und alte Tradition weit vor der Zeit vor Napoleon. Die Brücken sind doch ein super Thema dachte ich mir.
Ein AC45 Katamaran kriegen wir sicher nicht vor die Rialto Brücke. “Il ponte dei sospiri”, zwischen dem “palazzo ducale” und der “nuova prigione” bzw. Dogenpalast und dem damals neue Gefängniss ca, um 1600 gebaut klappt vielleicht. Der letzte Blick in die Freiheit auf die Lagune bekam jeder Verurteilte wenn er die Brücke überquerte auf dem Weg in die “prigione” daher kommt der Name “ponte dei sospiri” eben Seufzer-Brücke.
Schon lange vor der Abreise dachte ich an das Bild, dass es eine weitere Brücke hinter der Seufzer- Brücke gab mit sicht auf den “Canalgrande” wusste ich dank einer früheren Reise nach Venedig aber ob es mit dem Licht klappt war mir nicht klar.
Alle Fotogrtafen gingen wie üblich auf Wasser zum fotografiern, im Pressezentrum schauten sie nicht schlecht als ich an diesem Tag nicht aufs Wasser wollte. Also machte ich mich auf den Weg, bin sicher nicht der einzige mit dieser Idee, dachte ich mir, wer wird sonst noch dort stehen oder bin ich vieleicht doch der einzige? Die Menschenmenge in Venedig war schon fast beängstigend und die vielen engen Gassen wie ein Labyrint. Nach dem xten verlaufen als ich endlich auf der kleine Brücke kam, war das erste Rennen durch. Warten bis zum zweiten Rennen oder spähter zurück kommen. Habe mich für warten entschieden. Mein Fotoausrüstung fiel auf und ich weiss nicht mehr wie viele Paare mir Ihre Kamera in die Hand drückten für Ihr Bild vor der Seufzer Brücke.
Irgendwie bin ich aber zu hoch oben merkte ich, damit man gut unter der “Sospiri Brücke” durch sieht und noch was von den Katamarane mit bekommt muss ich weiter runter.
Venedig hat ja viele Gondeln und ein echter Gondiliere war schnell zur stelle. Er wisse nicht genau was das kosten solle mich für eine gewisse Zeit im mitten vom Kanal zu parkieren, und die anderen Gondeln müssen auch durch. Wie teuer kannst denn Du das Bild verkaufen wollte er wissen. Che ne so! Wass weiss ich sagte ich ihm. Nach einigen hin und her meinnte er “ un giro costa 80 Euro va bene?”. “Va bene” also jetzt muss es klappen 80 Euro ist nicht wenig um ein paar Minuten auf einem alten Holzboot zu sitzen.
Die Touristen verstanden nicht warum sich einer alleine eine Gondel leistet um im Kanal zu parkieren, und das sicher schon über 10 Minuten. Der Geruch in so einem engen Kanal ist sehr änlich wie wenn bei uns der Bauer die Jauche aufs Feld bringt. Der “Gondoliere” meinnte nur, es gehe eben noch alles in die “canali” die Kanäle.
Die Helikopter kamen immer näher also jetzt müssten die Boote langsam kommen, kamen aber nicht. Ein vorbeifahrender Gondoliere meinte nur “sono matti questi fotografi”. Und mein Gondoliere fing auch langsam an zu stressen. “Il giro sarebbe finito”, die Runde wäre jetzt fertig. Un “attimo ancora”, es waren sicher nicht der letzte “attimo”, “dobbiamo andare” wir müssen gehen reklamirete der Gondoliere. “Senti gli elicotteri” höre auf die Helikopter sagte ich ihm, es kann icht mehr lange dauern.
Dann ging alles ganz schnell ein paar Bilder im Hochformat mit Prada und Oracle etc. und kurz noch ein Querformat mit Korea. “Allora adiamo?” murmelte der Gondoliere. “Va bene ora possiamo andare”.
Zurück am Steg gab ich ihm seine 80 Euro. “Sconto” Rabatt darf ich wohl nicht verlangen, es waren eben ein paar “attimo”.
Mid December during the World Yacht Racing Forum will be announced the World Yacht Racing Image of the year. Now everybody can vote. Click here or on the image, to give your vote .
The photo is from Plymouth taken during the America’s Cup World Series. It’s also included in my 2012 Sailing Calendar and has already been published as double page on the current issue of Swiss Boat Yachting.
The image features Emirates Team New Zealand leading the fleet approaching the first mark after the start, it was a very special moment shooting from the first mark in this kind of event.
Will keep you posted on how the votes are going, right now my image is on the 3rd position which is already great so every vote counts.
It was a cold day, waiting on the photo boat for the race committee to start the race, then speeding around like devils at 50 miles/h following the boats after the start (now I know how fast is Hydroptere).
5 Miles in to the race we had to stop and after a short break off again full speed for almost 20 minutes towards the gybing mark. Once there we had to wait a bit. My Iphone was playing Jean Michel Jarre, with the big lenses we saw them on the horizon coming closer and closer, they seemed slow.
Soon we realized that they aren’t. My song wasn’t over and BMWO followed by the umpire boat gybed allready at the mark. Right after comes Alinghi 5: The cup is gone from Switzerland.
PS: The photo of Alinghi 5 was taken on the same leg as the BMWO photo, on the way to the finish after the gybe.
It was sure one of my highlights during the 33rd America’s Cup having a professional TV crew following me during 1 day shooting. The TSI is the Televisione Svizzera Italiana the Italian part of Switzerland where I grew up, unfortunately because of all this travelling for sailing I spend too little time at home.
The portrait went on TV the 13th of February during the news, it’s impressive to hear from the TV crew that at least 100’000 person saw it.
The race was way out, Alinghi on port and BMWO on Starboard entry, first cross dialup and penalty…..BMWO with the wing sails higher and faster on the beat almost 10 degrees and deeper and faster on the run almost 30 degrees.
Tomorrow is another day, forcast 2 knots. Alinghi keep saying we are fast with light wind…let’s see if we have a race tomorrow and who knows maybe we have a third race too…
Good evening from Valencia
First day in Valencia, it doesn’t seem that in less than 3 days there will be the 33rd Americas cup. Plenty of activity going on, tv trucks cables, noise etc. The harbor is busy but no AC boat’s. BMWO is in the commercial harbor and Alinghi 5 is under the tent.
On the top of the Varadero building you can find 2 SNG flags and a big sign “Mediacenter” at the entrance. Even here lot’s of preparation activities going on. Nearby the Alinghi base, impressive building, shop is open, music plays.
We are used to those prevent activities, for a typical regatta that what’s normally happen but for the cup it’s a bit a strange feeling.
Another thing: The weather forecast for February 8th announce 5 knots of wind in the morning, will this be the Alinghi day or does the wing from BMWO will impress us all?
I’m looking forward to see what’s happening in the next days.
Since a while Daniel Forster and me we started to work together on projects, this give us the chance to cover more complex shootings easier such as for example the 33rd Americas cup.
The distances are so big it’s impossible to shoot at the start and then being on time also at the weather mark. So during the 33rd America’s cup we will share the positions on the race course with the goal to give a better coverage to our customers.
The size and speed of the boats is also a bit of a challenge. For those who shoot in their free time try to go on the street and take a picture of a car moving towards you with 50 – 60 km/h maybe even more, you have to be quite fast with framing and the focus to get a sharp picture. Another point are the distances that’s why we will be using the big long lenses. For the cup Nikon Switzerland give me the chance to use their 500mm lens with VRII function. I really curious too see the difference. by the way the lenses it selves is 3.5 Kg plus 1.2 Kg the camera this means holding up almost 5 Kg.
Sometimes I think back at the Olympic Games where we got Chinese agency photographers used to work in the football stadiums with tripods, coming on board with tripods and monopods. Very quickly they realized that this is of no use as the boats are moving too much. Some even got seasick but that’s another story.
Please come and visit our new website www.go4image.com especially for the 33rd Americas cup we made a gallery with Daniels images of the last 10 America’s cup going back more than 30 years to Newport 1977 until the images we will start to publish next week.
Together with Lynn Fitzpatrick we managed to publish the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Book within hours of the prize giving for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, a coffee table book with a foreword by regatta organizer, Bruno Troublé, will be available for distribution.
With just the right balance of prose from sailing journalist, Lynn Fitzpatrick, and some of my best images. The book is the perfect keepsake for everyone attending this historic match racing event in Auckland, NZ. For those who were not present for five days of practice and 16 days of exciting match racing between world renown skippers, helmsmen, tacticians and crew from 10 teams representing 9 countries, this photo journal allows you to live vicariously.
A milestone in the world yacht racing industry
The first time in the history of sailing many of the key stakeholders of our industry found the way to Monaco to jointly discuss the future our industry. It never appeared to me clear that we are all part of big family and that we are all working in the same industry independent of the countries organizations or teams we belong.
Interesting session with great speakers talking about sponsorship, event management, and key elements driving the world yacht racing industry.
The sailing community is used to meet and come together for events but this is the first time all focused on exchanging ideas and discussion approaches how to improve our industry, networking without having a race to be sailed or organized.
The session about the future of the America’s cup didn’t brought any new hope for a fast resolution of the conflict between Alinghi and BMW Oracle. Paul Cayard Cleary outlined the more fundamental problem of the current situation. The Americas cup moved up to a new level in the last few editions and current management concept as described in the deed of gift does not allow a fast resolution of conflicts. Will and independent body improve this situation and how can this be put in place.
The economy slow down is not only a headline on the news but also having an impact on the founding of the events, teams etc. are this challenging times an opportunity to strengthen the world yacht racing industry. What is the value of an event investment, how can this be properly measured to what is the return of the investment and how is the industry positioned within other industries. It became clear that if well managed the sailing industry is capable of delivering a much higher return as mostly any other sport.
This was certainly the first step in to the right direction and I hope more of this will follow. There is one point who remain addressed only partially, out of the discussions became clear that in the eye of many large event organizers such as OC Events ISAF with his democratic approach is not able to fulfill their requirements.
What is going to happen, will the forum be an important platform for ISAF to better understand the needs of many professionals in this sailing marked or will it be even possible to contribute and cooperate on a different level.
Future will tell
Last weekend I have been in Valencia for the Desafio Annual Regatta. For some a really important event such as Alinghi and Desafio, some others like BMWOracle guess not so interested in it. For me it was a great opportunity to try out a new camera system and this with nothing less as the Americas cup boats.
Since 1 year was thinking how to realize this kind of image, specially as I like to work from the water surface and with the wide angle lenses. The perspective is different and amazing, with underwater housing I can finally combine this two in to one image without damaging the camera and even go a bit under the surface.
It’s really motivating to explore and learning this technology. As sailing photographer you always take images from sailing boats, and in the mean time we did almost every possible angle and corner of the boats and this is finally something new and give us new options.
I know today is the 1st of April and it’s my birthday. Allmost 40 years of jokes I have been told in this day every year.
Now there is a story to tell, End of May from Friday 30.5 until Sunday 1st of June the world best extreme 40 sailing teams will sail against Alinghi and Team Origin is part of the event to.
To get a feeling of what will happen in Lugano in these days look at the video