Marine Photography at the River Forest Yacht Center

Written by Jon van Woerden on . Posted in Architectural, Corporate, Marine, Product Photography

The River Forest Yacht Center in LaBelle, Florida

The River Forest Yacht Center in LaBelle, Florida

It is rare to find a full day of picture perfect sunny skies in South Florida, during the sweltering months of July and August, yet our shoot list for our marine photography assignment to photograph the amazing River Forest Yacht Center on the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers would require us to fulfill a full days shoot before the onset of the daily afternoon thunderstorms. With the weather in mind we scheduled for an early morning arrival, and following a two hour drive from Fort Lauderdale, we had three photographers shooting away as the morning sun cast its warmth upon the River Forest Yacht Center’s outdoor and huge indoor hurricane proof climate controlled storage sheds. Our marine photography and architectural photography skills would both come into use as we worked on our hero shot, depicting as many aspects of the facilities amenities into one image. This would include not only in-water vessels alongside the dockage, also a 48’ Hinckley Motor Yacht being launched from a marine lift, an even larger yacht on a self propelled Transporter, along with the above-water storage lots and the two 50,000 sq. ft. indoor storage sheds with numerous yachts visible inside. Once we had the hero shot, all three of us concentrated on capturing as many diverse images of the architectural photography aspects of the storage sheds incorporating both HDR and panoramic imaging to depict the immense size and large amount of yachts strategically placed within the huge sheds. Additional marine photography shots included various angles of the yachts secured by the hurricane tie-downs, large vessels being moved into place by the 66 ton Self-propelled Hydraulic Transporters, and the Hinckley being gently lowered into the marinas waterway by the 82 ton marine lift. As the afternoon weather began moving in our attention shifted back to our architectural photography as we concentrated on the amenities of the Clubhouse, integrating our multiple strobe lighting techniques with our available light images to create a beautiful ambience to the rooms. By 2 PM the clear blue morning skies had transitioned into the ominous and threatening afternoon storms and we were on our journey back to our South Florida commercial photography studio, along with the hundreds of images ready for their post production process. Just another full day shoot, well make that a 12 hr day.  

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