The Brass Bell is the quarterly publication of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, and is considered by many folks within the hobby to be one of the top publications in the antique & classic boating hobby. One of the many benefits of being a member of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is the anticipation of recieving the Brass Bell, to read the always informative stories and articles that fill the magazine. The Brass Bell has also developed a reputation for it’s high quality photography, which is simply—second to none.
While in Lake Dora for the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival yesterday, Woody Boater was invited to join Don Ayers (Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Director of Research) and Angilla Baccus (Brass Bell Associate Editor) on one of their legendary photo shoots on the Lake Dora. Of course we jumped at the opportunity to join along, just to experience first hand how the magnificent photography is created. This also gave us the opportunity to share this “Behind the Scenes” experience with the Woody Boater community.
The boat that was chosen for the photo shoot was Member Jim Frechette’s rare 1940 Chris-Craft Red & White Express named “Old Paint”. Over the last few weeks Woody Boater has featured Jim’s Red & White in a few stories leading up to the Sunnyland boat show, as this is where “Old Paint” would be unveiled after her recent resoration.
In anticipation of getting some perfect light for the photo shoot, Jim and “Old Paint” met us at the dock at 7:00 AM just before sunrise, and we headed down the lake to meet Don & Angilla at the boat show dock in Taveres.
Paul & Karen Harrison agreed to let us use their 24′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff for the photo shoot which was docked at the boat show. The big Sea Skiff was perfect as a shoot boat because it is easy to move around in, allowing Don to safely get out on the front deck to shoot at 25 MPH while maintaining a nice steady, safe speed for the photo shoot.
Don Ayers has a great deal of experience with these type of photo shoots, and simply directs Jim where he wants him to go to capture the unique characteristics of “Old Paint” and best overall photos of the boat in the early morning light of Lake Dora.
The photos we managed to get of Don in action were fun, and help us explain to our viewers how the whole process is done – but while Don was gathering over 600 digital photographs from every possible angle, Angilla was following the action with a portable video camera. Wait until you see this folks…
What an outstanding experience, and now you have a better understanding and appreciation for what it takes to complete an “On the Water” photo shoot, and how they capture the incredible photography which can be found in each and every issue of the Brass Bell.
Don and Angilla have posted this video and some of their other video work from Lake Dora on the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Forum known as “Boat Buzz” – you can click here to go directly to the forum. The Boat Buzz Forum is another benefit of being a member of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club… Another reason to sign up for a membership if you haven’t already.
A specal thanks to Don Ayers and Angilla Baccus for inviting Woody Boater along for the photo shoot, we had a great time and apprreciate the opportunity to share this with out viewers.
Matt & Texx