In early August I received a call from BGE communications about photographing a practice of their dragon boat team for the upcoming issue of Energized! magazine. More specifically, I was there to capture "Admiral Al", the team captain for the past 20 years, in action for the cover story. He had to be the toughest 60 year old I'd ever seen still holding a paddle.
I was teamed up with videographer David Hercenberg to document the practice and we were told they were going to find a boat for us to shoot from. It turned out to be a 40 foot Cigarette boat pumping about 1500hp, which was a bit overkill but it beat shooting from the dock.
For about a half hour our captain maneuvered us around the team so we could shoot from different angles as they paddled up and down a cove near canton. After a few passes I had grabbed the shot of Al that I was looking for before heading back to the marina to get a few team photos and portraits in front of the skyline.
The communications team at BGE must have been impressed because they hired me to shoot the big race on September 8th at the Baltimore inner harbor to benefit Catholic Charities. If you are attending I hope to see you there!
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