Saturday, December 19, 2009

Newport Beach Boat Parade, Night 4 Photos

I left the video camera in the bag tonight. Sure, there was plenty to see, but it was all pretty much the same excitement as before. The one great exception being that tonight the guy on the sailboat with the Christmas tree compared us gondoliers to cab drivers on New Year's Eve - once again demanding that our passengers tip us well.

Tonight I was rowing my beloved Phoenix, and because visibility is such a priority, I broke out something special:
The "push lights".
You've seen them before - they're cheap dome lights that take four AA batteries, but when lined up along the rails, they give great visibility.

Push-lights dockside.

Push-lights from overhead.

I continued my pursuit of the perfect silhouette shot of a gondolier. I got a decent one of this random rower early on in the parade.

Steve Elkins was piloting the Isabella Celeste tonight, so I was able to get a good shot of her, with the red rope-lights.

Later on I gave my camera to gondolier Justin Deckert, who shot this one of me as one of the brighter boats went by.
photo by Justin Deckert
The night was more crowded and busy than the previous nights (Saturday night of boat parade usually is), and I had my hands full with six passengers and two other gondolas in my flotilla to stay together with, but everything went well and the passengers loved it.
Gondolier in Southern California = nice work if you can get it!

1 comment:

Justin said...

This is great! I was wondering if ANY of those shots actually turned out! What an amazing night. A rare treat and privilege to captain with the master himself. NICE photo Credit! :-{ )