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2014 Nautical Images Calendar

For many years, I have wanted to publish my own calendar. I've always felt that the freedom of creativity doesn't end with the shutter release. It's the editing and presentation of one's work that truly completes the creative process.

This year, I am pleased to present my first self-published calendar for both the wooden boat enthusiast and the nautically inclined. From the past several years of shooting wooden boats around the world, I've hand picked 12 of my favorite images to share.

The 2014 Nautical Images calendar sells for $14.95 and is uniquely sized at 9" square - opening to 9" wide x 18" tall - with a black wire-o binding. This compact size fits nicely in snug spaces and is an ideal for your boat. The calendar is printed on a sturdy card stock with a protective glossy UV coating, making the images suitable for framing. Contact us for quantity discount on FIVE or more calendars ($12.95 each) or for wholesale inquiries.

BY PHONE: 207-236-7900
Available in the gallery in early November

Client News from this weekend's Newport International Boat Show

Although I'm not in Newport this weekend, if you're heading to the Newport International Boat Show today or tomorrow, please drop by and visit our clients who are attending and debuting new additions to their trade show offerings. Great Island Boat Yard (GIBY) will be displaying a video I made for them this past summer. I met Steve and Stephanie Rowe about 3 years ago and we started talking about a video for GIBY. At that time, I was working on a quite a few videos for my clients, but only as a shooter and content provider. Although I had edited many pieces to music, editing one to interviews was a step forward. After fine tuning the storyboards and pre-production, this summer, for the first time, I produced, shot, and edited the GIBY video myself. John Snyder of Marine Media provided his expertise for the sound and interview (thank you John!), and Steve Rowe and his customers made it breeze. The result showcases the beauty, efficiency, and family oriented nature of the Harpswell, Maine boatyard. It is viewing at GIBY's booth in Newport this weekend, and here:

Artisan Boatworks  was ready for a fresh, updated trade show booth presence, and my studio manager, Jane Kurko, designed the new display. Jane has been with me since 2008. In addition to managing the gallery and being my second shooter on assignments, she also designs my marketing collateral, print ads and photo books. Simultaneously, she has kept a handful of freelance graphic design clients during her days off. Since so many of my clients have had design needs, earlier this year she brought her talents in house to service Langley Photography clients as well. Here are two shots of Artisan's booth in Newport (images are courtesy of Alec Brainerd, president of Artisan Boatworks).

Castine to Camden Feeder Race

The 2013 Castine to Camden Feeder Race was stunning with a mix of fog, sun, and amazing clouds. Click on the slideshow above to see a selection from the day, and then visit my online store to order prints. I have adjacent images of several of the boats, so if you would like to view a larger selection of your boat, send me an email and I'll check the archives for additional shots.

Saturday morning, Jane and I were headed to the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for another day of shooting, but encountered engine trouble and had to head back to Camden. So, apologies to those who had hoped to see photos from the ERR. There's always next year...

UNCAS: Buzzards Bay 18 built by Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, ME

Alec Brainerd of Artisan Boatworks talks about Uncas, the Nathanael Herreshoff-designed Buzzards Bay 18 - the first BB18 to have been built in over a hundred years, and the only one of this design in existence.

Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine builds some of the most beautiful small wooden boats in the world. This past autumn, we shot the Uncas launch at Rockport Marine, and I subsequently headed out from Camden Harbor into Penobscot Bay to capture video of her first sail. Alec and Erin Brainerd of Artisan Boatworks are at the tiller.

This boat is a sweet daysailer and a true heirloom crafted by some of the best talents in the wooden boat world. Uncas' sails are by Nathaniel S. Wilson, Sailmaker, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

My passion for photographing wooden boats jumps yet another level when a boatyard like Artisan continues to provide such great works of art.


Artisan Boatworks' Buzzards Bay 18

Artisan Boatworks has just launched Uncas, a brand-new Buzzards Bay 18, a Herreshoff sloop. Alec Brainerd and his crew have built another beautiful boat and Alison had the chance to shoot her maiden voyage out of Rockport, Maine and around Camden Harbor. Click on this short multimedia piece that Alison put together for Alec's presentation at Camden Yacht Club. A longer video will be launched soon to include footage of the construction, launch, sailing, and interviews.

Or, you can also click here to view it on Alison's Vimeo page.

Alec Brainerd talks about the design in this excerpt from his builder's blog:

"The Buzzards Bay 18 is yet another design, of which no original example survives. Herreshoff designed the 18 in 1903, just a few years after the Buzzards Bay 15. She is 29’ on deck, 18’ on the waterline, displaces 4430 lbs, and has 472 square feet of sail. Similarly to the Belfast Lough One Design, the Buzzards Bay 18 captures the spirit of the “Big Boats” in a captivating way. She would be a good intermediate boat between the Buzzards Bay 15 and larger Buzzards Bay 25, and I would be tempted to lower the ballast keel and eliminate the centerboard in the same way Herreshoff did with the Buzzards Bay 15 when designing Flicker.

The Buzzards Bay 18 is one of the smallest designs of this type that have ample cabin space for occasional overnight use, and adequate displacement to accommodate either diesel or electric propulsion. She is very similar in size and shape to Sparkman and Stephens Dark Harbor 20, but her increased beam adds considerably to the available interior and cockpit space.

To me, the Buzzards Bay 18 is one of the most beautiful of all the Herreshoff designs, and she intrigues me because here is an opportunity to reintroduce the world to something that has been otherwise lost forever. I’m not even aware of any photos of original Buzzards Bay 18’s. To build a new replica of Herreshoff’s Buzzards Bay 18 would be a truly noble endeavor, and one that would have considerable lasting value to both the classic yachting community, and those who revere the Herreshoff legacy."

Check out the Artisan Boatworks' builders blog to read more:

Sailing Yacht SINCERITY

Sincerity is an 88 ft. classic ketch designed and built by Cantieri Baglietto in Italy.

This year she saw a mini upgrade at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co. in Thomaston, Maine, where among other things her topsides were painted from dark blue to white (her original color).

This made all previous images of her visually "out of date," so we spent the holidays shooting her in the Caribbean, where she is available this winter for charter, with St. Lucia's dramatic Pitons as a backdrop. Sincerity will rejoin the New England charter fleet this summer, and this short video proves that she will undoubtedly turn heads in whatever harbor she enters. For more information visit:

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