HOW I GOT THAT SHOT

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The pho­tog­ra­pher wanted to cap­ture the sense of speed from the up­per helm of a fast 37-foot triple-en­gine cen­ter con­sole. By JES­SICA HAY­DAHL RICHARD­SON

We were on our way back to Venice, Louisiana, af­ter a great day of fish­ing the off­shore rigs. The day had been sunny, with no chop, and the yel­lowfin had been bust­ing on top. We took two nice tuna on pop­ping plugs and spin­ning out­fits. Ev­ery­one was pretty ex­cited.

I had the idea of mak­ing a long ex­po­sure while the boat was run­ning. The idea was to shoot at a slow shut­ter speed to make the wa­ter smooth and glassy, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the sense of speed. The tricky part was finding a shut­ter speed that was slow enough to cre­ate the wa­ter ef­fect I was af­ter but fast enough to avoid things be­com­ing too blurry.

I climbed to the up­per sta­tion of the 37-foot Seavee and bal­anced the camera on the helm seat. Hold­ing it firmly in place, I took about 10 ex­po­sures, in­clud­ing this one.

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