Photographing and filming sailing moments is something that I have always loved to do very much. This season, I have been using a GoPro action camera, which gives a lot of new possibilities for photographing/filming. First of all, the fact that the camera is waterproof (or more precisely comes with a waterproof case) means that one can shoot in the conditions in which using a normal camera wouldn’t be very wise thing to do. Also the camera can be used close to the water, which gives interesting shooting angles.
Secondly, the camera is of very compact size, so it can be easily mounted on the tip of the boathook for example, which gives possibility to shoot from outside of the boat.
The third good feature of the camera is the time-lapse mode, in which the camera takes photos at a predetermined interval (i.e. photo every 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds). This is very handy, when photographing from example from the top of the mast. The camera can be hoisted on the mast with a gennaker halyard or alternatively with a topping lift (dirk) if the mainsail halyard is in use. We experimented with shooting from the top of the mast on the last leg from Åland back to homeport.
edit 27/10/13: GoPro video added
Video: Sailing in the Baltic Sea in 2013 – filmed with GoPro: