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The blimp idea is good...

buy one, and go out in 25 knot winds to shoot some boats.

You end up with a lot of funny photos of yourself runing after the blimp...then sell those to America's funniest videos. Of course you need to recover the Camera, for which a International Airline might be needed..

I know a few Airlines in case you need.
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Unfortunately, as humorous as Giu's post is... it is pretty spot on... the conditions for getting good sailing photography is generally the weather that you really don't want to put a camera up on a blimp in.... unless you don't mind losing the blimp and camera.

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Pah!

As long as the wind is coming from one direction, you just string out off the leeward side. Like flying a kite. Although for the prices they list, I might add an EPIRB and flotation device...just in case
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Back in 2001 I had a bad crash while racing offroad, while recovering I decided to shoot some race pics, ( I've played with cameras 40 yrs now ) even though I wasn't suppose to even look at a bike for 6 month I went out after about 30 days with another bike & my gear and shot

Within a week I had requests to put up a website, within three weeks I was selling pics, within six months I was contributing to one mag and selling to another and made numerous covers.

I think my point is, just do it, get yourself a platform ( a 16' inflatable, red, highly visible) big white lettering on the side with your website and a good dslr and go shoot your local waters, it may just fall in your lap or it may not.

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Check this, low key and does well


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A powerboat towing a hang glider would work, would be more portable, and would cost a fraction of the cost of a helicopter. You could have a camera on a helmet, the viewscreen on a small arm in front of you, and a remote control on a glove.
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Considering the recent spate of fatalities on parasailors... I think this is a good way to win a darwin.

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A powerboat towing a hang glider would work, would be more portable, and would cost a fraction of the cost of a helicopter. You could have a camera on a helmet, the viewscreen on a small arm in front of you, and a remote control on a glove.

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As a fellow photographer, I'll let you in on a couple ideas that work for myself.. And it does work...
Traveling gives you the opertunity to search out new areas and subjects to shoot.. Find a good stock house, and it might take some time to work yourself in, but it is worth it. Most stock houses require a minimum of good, sellable photos each quarter. The word is GOOD photos. those that sell...
When I come into a new area I uasally hit the local 5-&-DIME store to pick up on local post cards as someone has already researched the area and picked the landmarks.. Then I go out to shoot and get a different angle on the landmark already shot..
One good example,
On the Northern California Coast, at the Oregon line, there's this reef that sticks out about 7 miles with a lighthouse at the far end..
St. Georges Reef and Lighthouse... Hundreds of pictures have been taken
of the lighthouse, BUT, I went out one day, and photographed the lighthouse from the back-side.. With Cresent City and the mountains in the far background...
The picture has been sold a dozen times and made me a few hundred dollars ..
All my Equeptment is digital, and I've chosen NIKON as the camera to use.
The wife shoots Macro, and I shoot Animals and landscapes, and I'm just getting my sea legs so to speak on shooting people.. People is where the money is...
Pick up a book on selling photos... lots of good ideas..
As far as money, The wife and I both shoot, we live on our boat, and we're cruisers... And our next trip is to central america...
Another Idea I've toyed with.. When you get to a new area and you're going to be there for a few days.. Put an add in the local newspaper, or drop flyers at coffee shops. Take people out on your boat to photograph
the area. I've done it a couple times and I advertize a short class on how to take photos.. A lot of people have digital cameras but have no idea how to use them other than in auto mode..
You'd be surprised how people lite up when you explain aperture and exposure, and you send them over the edge when you explain white balance..
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Same here, used the same F4s from 1988-2003, when I finally broke down and went dslr, my D was a 100 when it first came out, worked good for it's intended purpose and really took a beating, be then someone decided I was done with it and relieved me of it at a gas station.

Lucky for me my better lenses were home, now it's a year later and I just now broke down and bought another dslr, this time I went low end, no bling with a D40x, figured if I drop it overboard or someone decide I don't need it anymore, 500 bucks won't hurt as much as 2000.00 did

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LOL... I've been using Nikon for over 25 years... Got a F5 for my wedding a back in 2000... and been using a D80 for about six months now. In some ways, the Canon equipment had surpassed the Nikon equipment, but the D2X, D200 and D80 brought Nikon back into parity for the most part.

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