"Tasmanian Lobster Ship" - Grab Shot 175


"I am constantly 'jonesing' to photograph action," writes Winston Hendrickson. "Thus I typically find myself in situations where I have to juggle composition, exposure, and the pursuit of the golden moment -- all in real-time. Usually this happens with sports photography, but when I was in Tasmania last year as part of the Adobe Lightroom Adventure, I faced this challenge in the context of commercial fishing."

"The Lightroom Adventure involved 22 photographers trying to visually capture as much of Tasmania as possible in two weeks. During our time in Freycinet (Eastern Tasmania), local lobster fishermen Grant Whalen and Cameron Lucas gave me a chance to see the 'down under' island-state through their eyes. Grant, who has been fishing these waters since he was nine, heads out of port every day at o-dark-hundred; captain of his own boat made entirely from the local Huon Pine."

"At first, I had no idea what the rhythm of the boat would be or what type of shooting constraints I would confront. I quickly learned that both light and position would be ongoing challenges given the tight deck space and the frenetic pace of the work. I had to move constantly (practically after every shot) to stay out of the way as the boat never stopped sailing. Thus light, background and subjects were constantly shifting and difficult to predict."

"I wanted a single shot that captured the exhausting daily work of harvesting and re-planting the 41 heavy wooden traps. Halfway into the seven hour trip, when I was changing my battery in the wheelhouse and Grant popped in to use the radar in order to tune placement of the pots, I got this shot. The bridge was so tight that I had to hold my Canon EOS 40D with a 17-55mm f/2.8 over my head and against the back wall while sprawling out on the pilot’s bench seat. I couldn’t see the viewfinder or LCD so I framed using test shots. Later, in Adobe Lightroom, I compensated for the backlighting with a combination of fill light and local correction brushing (flash was not an option unless I planned to swim home)."

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1 Comment

A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You've obviously spent some time on this. Well done!