Best Selling Sailing Print in December

Print: Classic yachts in the Solent racing
The shot was taken just after the start of one of the races comprising part of the Panerai British Classic Yacht Club Regatta and shows one of the 8 Metre boats on the upwind leg of the race. The leading sailing yacht in the print is of Ilderim (Bel 16) a Tore Holm designed yacht commissioned for the Berlin Olympic games and launched in 1936. The second yacht, GBR 351 is Pazienza with Sparkman and Stephens designed yacht Amazon (BER 333) third.

The most popular print size was 70cm by 50cm and printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag, an ideal heavyweight medium for displaying classically in a framed, matted mounting behind glass. The print itself took many hours to perfect using age old printing techniques of 'dodging and burning' which have now been brought into the modern era. This technique enables the wide range of tones to be brought together to show off the beautiful yachts in all their glory. To me, the picture works due to the composition, angle of the yachts and the wonderful sky. The print, as are many of my monochrome 'black and white' prints, been given a warm tone which just lifts the sometimes austere strict grey black and white tones. Obviously for those that prefer the strict black and white, then as each print is individually produced, then this can be done for you.

For the technically minded, the picture was taken using a Nikon D2xs camera with 80-200mm F2.8 lens at ISO 160 with aperture of F7.1 at a speed of 1/2500th second, and I was on a boat bobbing about of course!

As a print to hang on the wall of your home, set off against a simple black frame, (as one of the prints was despatched), it looks superb I do have to say. The framed print by the way measured 86cm x 66 cm so makes quite a feature.

I shall update the best sellers in a blog later.

Ian Badley