2008 Sabah Dragon Boat Race: The Boat

Indeed, Dragon Boat Racing always about racing a boat with dragon head. I didn’t take many boats racing boat because the distance so far but i managed to take some of shot that project the excitement during the race.

The morning was clear and ideal for photo shot. Thou it was long time since i use the zoom lens and I find it a bit hard to get use with it. It was not known to be when i took the photo that I found out the shallow depth of field a bit too much. I only got sharp focus on small field and the front and backfield was a bit too blur.

It was very interesting to be able to capture many subjects in a single shot. The first photo was taken in an exactly good timing where four boats create for layer intersect together in almost a single line. I expected the intersection and took as much as photo and i selected a well intersected to be edited and posted up.

A big ship exactly stood at the horizon gave a very interesting background. It gave some information to the viewer about the location of this event and that is near the port. I don’t really know why this particular ship docked so far from the actual port but as the time i edited the photo, i found out this ship it a LNG (Light Natural Gas) ship tanker. I believed it was docked far away due to the safety reason on the event.

Few selected and well connected photographer and video person managed to get a boat ride and took a close-up shot of the race. The boat was strolling up and down at the circuit lane without any clue where the best location is. I guess the photographers just let the boatman strolled as he like without any advice on where the best place to take a nice shot. I also found out the best and good looking boat at the event was the rescue boat.

Empty boat that was not used floating near the beach side. I believe it was acted as a backup boat if something happen to the dragon boat race.

Contestant was rowing the boat to the starting point. I was made to believe some of the boat was reused and not own by the group. Anyway, I was managed to took some photo at the isolated parameter but because it look cloudy, we only stop for a while

At last, the dragon boat head that look the same. It really convince me that the boat was reused and most of the contested group doesn’t have their own boat.


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