In a continuing series of posts to help me catch up now that I’ve my computer back, this one is about the Bellingham Regatta and the Birch Bay Sculpture Contest.
31st Annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Contest:
Tools of the Trade:
On Saturday June 21st, I had two assignments for The Bellingham Herald. One was the Bellingham Regatta and the other was the 31st annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture contest.
Technically, I was accidentally sent the assignment for the sand sculpture contest. I only discovered that tidbit of information an hour into shooting it when I ran into another freelancer Daniel Pickard. So I let Daniel complete the assignment without me bothering him and headed off to the Regatta.
One of my pet peeves working for papers is when photographers are doubled-up on assignments. Unless it’s major breaking news or a super huge event, you tend to get in each other’s way and step on their toes. It was always confusing to a subject when you identified yourself and with a confused look on their face mention the other photographer.
The annual family oriented contest is sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds gather to not only compete, but to observe the construction process and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Building a Turtle:
For more photos of the competition, visit 31st annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture slide-show on The Bellingham Herald website.
Bellingham Regatta at Lake Padden:
The regatta was the Bellingham Canoe & Kayak Sprint Team‘s annual race. Teams from all over the Puget Sound were on hand to race in single, double and quad canoe and kayak sprints. The race is held at Lake Padden southeast of Bellingham on Samish Lake Road.
The annual race lengths were 100, 200, 500, and 1000 meters. The races are technically called sprints due to the short distance. Just like the 100 yard dash or 26 mile marathon.
Shooting races is usually fun, but I really needed a 400mm or longer telephoto lens to get closer to the action. The race was in the middle of the lake with the finish line 50 to 75 yards off the shore. Not very photo friendly.
Checking Race Times:
Due to that, I stayed on the shore trying to get something good of the racers getting in and out of the water. Didn’t have a lot of luck with it though. Did get some photos of a hen and her ducklings.
To top that off, the spectators were rather stoic. It was very hard to get any real emotion from winners as well. But I shot what I could. So I just stretched myself and got creative.
A Whole Lot of Boats:
For the most part, it was a very difficult assignment to shoot. But I did what I could. I don’t think I failed, but I didn’t get what I really felt told the story of the races.
For more photos of the regatta, visit 2014 Bellingham Regatta on The Bellingham Herald’s website.
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