T’was a happy day at the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 – obviously :) With a very friendly pair of Canadian rowers I popped by the dragonboating event to visit my photog friends who were there in full force capturing the action armed with their ‘bazookas’ – super big camera lenses. As my camera was sent for servicing, I didn’t intend to take any photos – until I saw the dragonboaters. I promptly whipped out my trusty Casio ZR200 compact camera and started shooting, erm the boats I meant. While I felt so inadequate beside all the huge professional cameras holding a puny white cam, but it was definitely a good opportunity to have my first try at sports photography. And I think my little compact did pretty well too :)
DBS Marina Regatta 2013
Say a little prayer before the races
If flooding was reported at Marina Bay today, it gotta be my drool. I thought I had walked into hunk heaven, and unconsciously blushed beetroot. Oh the pecs…Oh the arms…Oh the six-pack…Oh what a lecher I am! I seriously considered taking up dragonboating – well, as the drummer in front, not the rower as I have come to realise I have zero sense of limb coordination.
Close fight to the finish
Also learnt to do a high-resolution video to document the action in slow-motion, that was fun!
As the drummer increased the speed of the drum beats, so did the rowing and our shutter clicks
Love the splashes of water
“Come on you! Row faster!”
Dragonboating is definitely a team sport – every member plays a part in getting to the finish line. And I couldn’t take my eyes off the well-toned arms…I totally had the wrong focus for the races, hahaha
The ladies’ teams were pretty exciting to watch as well:
Giving the team a thumbs up
Someone flew a camera mounted onto a remote-controlled helicopter for close-up action
While some won, others capsized, oops
The Filipino team didn’t forget to have fun during the races It was definitely a memorable first time for me at the races, and sports photography didn’t seem as daunting now. I will try it again once my beloved camera is back from the service centre. And yes – dragonboating is now my favourite sports to watch *WINK*