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The Throes of Transpac

July 09, 2017

[I wake up to a ‘tap-tap-tap’ coming from a dark corner of the hotel room. It’s barely 6AM and Sharon is already up, processing cards from yesterday’s shoot. I’ve been scrunched on a sliver of my bed – the other half stacked with foulies and luggage, as every inch of floor space is covered with camera equipment, camera batteries charging, and the detritus of a late night working and downloading cards (including a half-spent bottle of rosé and empty Cheezits packets). Sharon figures we took over 12,000 photos on day two of Transpac starts: and today is another busy day, with the big fast boats and multis starting, on their 2216-mile dash to Honolulu. We’re reticent to stop production, so Sharon dictates the blog to me. – Betsy Crowfoot]

All this luggage for just one overnight: the cooler is full or camera gear, plus we have chargers, computer equipment, foulies and clothes
                                               
                                               
We’re going into the third start, and I already feel behind in the post-processing. I have to download every card (we have eight from yesterday), check for any problems – and we had a few glitches this trip, with one particular unruly camera. Downloading and building the catalogs to process, is very time-consuming: each card takes between 10-15 minutes – IF it processes smoothly. 
                                               
                                               
Doug Gifford and Sharon Green commandeer an empty room at Shoreline Yacht Club to sneak out some quick edits.
                                               
                                               
Everything is shot in camera raw mode, then needs to be imported into Lightroom
(software program). I have to do some quick edits, for media use, but inevitably end up duplicating efforts … Still, I try and get a work flow that allows me to get those dailies out, and then go back and tackle the slow, down and dirty editing process, with my laptop chugging all night long. Having slow internet at a hotel or remote work site, really kills me. It’s VERY time consuming and pretty tedious – not the glamorous job everyone imagines!! But I do love seeing the images we captured on days like yesterday, and that makes it all worthwhile. I had an epic helicopter pilot, and perfect timing intercepting the boats 20-miles offshore. The shots I got, and my team on the water captured, keep me going. 
                                               
                                               
The day starts early with dock-out and send-off shots: photo Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing



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