Festival of Sail – San Diego – California
The Festival of Sail is an annual event that takes place on the San Diego Bay adjacent to Downtown during Labor Day Weekend. Numerous tall ships are both on display and are also available for people to take a ride on. These magnificent ships take you back to a time when wind power was the only way to propel your ship. I missed this event for the past two years, but thought I would share a couple of photos from 2011.
How to get this type of shot
Due to the time of day I was there, I was forced to shoot in mid-day sun, but fortunately the day had some nice clouds between the areas of blue sky so I could get photos which were not too contrasty. I used a polarizer to darken the sky and to make the white sails of the ships stand out. I brought my wide angle lens to get some interesting compositions aboard the tight confines of the ship, a standard zoom lens as well as my telephoto zoom to get closer to the action of the staged cannon battles.
For the first image I wanted to layer the image to show the docks with the cannons in the foreground and the ship in the background. The second image was a classic use of leading lines. Due to the nature of the ships sails, all lines (ropes) converge into the central mast. I felt that the peripheral lines added interest to the scene and the white sails contrasted well with the blue skies.