Pascal Lauener: Learning the Ropes of Olympic Sailing Photography

Reuters / Pascal Lauener

Reuters photographer Pascal Lauener has written a fascinating piece on the techniques he uses to shoot sailing events, particularly this past week’s Olympic sailing events in Weymouth, UK.

It’s well worth a read, and is a nice merger of both photography and sailing, two of our favorite topics.

When Switzerland suddenly became a sailing nation after Alinghi won the 2003 America’s Cup for the first time and then had to defend the Cup in Valencia, I had the chance to cover sailing. Since a young boy, I have been attracted to boats, more so to container vessels rather then sailing ships. However after covering the America’s Cup in Valencia, I became fascinated by sailing. Challenged by the elements (wind, weather and water) and on a shaking rib (boat) it’s not so easy to get a good shoot of the action. But with the help of my Spanish colleagues and some old sailing photography professionals I made my way to the Olympic sailing in Quindao followed by another America’s Cup and now to the sailing event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Click here to read Lauener’s full article.

UPDATE: It appears that Clive Mason, a Getty Images photographer, also has written a similar blog post. You can read it here.

Featured photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images.