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Old October 4th, 2009, 11:29 AM
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Default 3 years work - a portrait of the yacht CNB 100 "Chrisco"

Last thursday, exactly 3 years after the beginning, we have shot (Romain in video and I with stills).
This is the end of an assignement made by both the owner and the boatyard to follow the construction of a 100 feet (30 meters) sailing yacht, designed by Luca Brenta for naval architecture and Wetzels Brown for interiors.
She was built to the highest standard by CNB in Bordeaux.
The purpose of the photoshoot is to print a photobook (80 pages, leather hard cover, 14inches wide X 20 inches high) not for sale! The concept being not pedagogical but catching the right and "strong" moments… (same in video).
Hence the choice of posting here, in this thread, it is an architectural and industrial job…

I have post already here and there shots made earlier…

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Old October 4th, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Nicolas, beautiful, tasteful, and a joy to see these pics.

Now when do I get an invite to go sailing!!!

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Old October 4th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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Hi Fahim
Thanks!
Only the owner may invite… and I'm not! only an eyewitness sharing with you…
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Old October 4th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Bonjour Nicolas,

Of course we already knew the very high standards of your photography, but you seem to have gotten even better; this is excellent work! I am amazed, truly. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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Old October 4th, 2009, 01:50 PM
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More here: http://www.claris.fr/catalogue_uk-59.html
and here: http://www.claris.fr/catalogue_uk-61.html
and even there: http://www.claris.fr/catalogue_uk-57.html
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Old October 4th, 2009, 02:47 PM
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Default Nicolas Claris' Photos of a yacht at full sail: a dream made to fly over water!

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Your work has evolved to even new heights. The technical issues have long, long ago been solved and all you do now is tell the truth about nautical magic and beauty. Dreams of men materialized. That's what art is!

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Old October 4th, 2009, 09:43 PM
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Wow to your photography. Wow to the boat's builders. Wow to the guy that owns this boat.
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Old October 4th, 2009, 10:43 PM
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all you do now is tell the truth about nautical magic and beauty. Dreams of men materialized. That's what art is!
Thanks my friend, that's what I try to convey…
Is this art? I don't think so… and would never called myself an artist (it's other people only that could tell)

Then "reportage" would perhaps be more meaningfull… ?
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Old October 4th, 2009, 10:46 PM
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Wow to your photography. Wow to the boat's builders. Wow to the guy that owns this boat.
Thanks Ken!
Coming from you, these are really appreciated compliments…
But let's not forget the designers!
Naval architects: http://www.lucabrenta.com/
Interior designers: http://wetzelsbrown.com/
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Old October 5th, 2009, 12:18 AM
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Good morning Nic

What a wonderful way to start my day, with vibrant colours and billowing sails, perfect!

These really are absolutely spectacular, I particularly like No 3, all the interior shots, the penultimate one, and - oh well - all of them!
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Old October 5th, 2009, 04:58 AM
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Lovely images, Nicolas. I really like some of your viewpoints, excellent stuff.
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Old October 5th, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Cem, Janet and Paul

Thanks! it has been a work done with passion and love for the project.
Challenging as always, but I knew I'll had to dig the technique for this one! hence my search for a VERY good wide angle, hence a special technique to find to shoot the interiors full of white glossy laquers and dark but not black carbon pieces such as the floor tiles… (not forgetting the light changing of color inside)
I also knew I'll have to specially care attention with the reflections on the glass roof and shiny hull.
Last but not least, keeping all details from helicopter was also challenging as, beside crew shirts and sea water foam, there were just no white and the camera light measurement were to be completely falsed, now, imagine checking the histogram while flying and turning around like a big bee, facing sun and the second later having sun in your back… no way! you've got to rely on your own feeling and technique and thanks the guy who inveted raw files!

Now, ultimate job, we have to dig and select which images will have the right to be in the book… remember the job started 3 years ago and there were more than 20 different photo sessions… thousands of files…
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Old October 5th, 2009, 03:14 PM
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Did I say work on reflections ;-?



BTW ALL images here are full frame, no crop (except slight for horizon).
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Did I say work on reflections ;-?...
Did I say "perfect"? :-)

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Old October 6th, 2009, 01:33 AM
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that sure looks like a lot of fun. I also love the images.
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Old October 6th, 2009, 02:13 AM
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Thanks Johan
I can't show much of shots made during construction for now, will do when it will be authorised…

Just know that we started that job on Sept.28, 2006 and made the last shutter clic on October 1st, 2009.
In the meantime we had 37 different photo sessions and have in stock 8959 raw files …
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Old October 6th, 2009, 08:55 AM
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3 years, that's a long time - and very interesting to go with!

9000 RAWs to 80 pages - there is some passion involved, the passion which shows up in these outstanding results.

designed by Luca Brenta for naval architecture
what dou you mean with naval architecture? research?

Hmm, how you deal with Moirée?
The interiors look like renderings.... you might add a bit of dirt... ;-)

Personally, I like the Porto Cervo serie best, due to its action...
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Old October 6th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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3 years, that's a long time - and very interesting to go with!

9000 RAWs to 80 pages - there is some passion involved, the passion which shows up in these outstanding results.

designed by Luca Brenta for naval architecture
what dou you mean with naval architecture? research?

Hmm, how you deal with Moirée?
The interiors look like renderings.... you might add a bit of dirt... ;-)

Personally, I like the Porto Cervo serie best, due to its action...
Bonsoir Michael
a naval architect is the guy who draws the waterline, the shape of the boat, the deck and roof but also the mast, rigging (standing and running) the deck layout is very important both for comfort/safety and ease of boat handling.
He has also to deal with the internal structure that maintain the boat shape and strength.
Sometimes the naval architec is also the interior designer but not always…

More

The most reknown naval architecture school is in Southampton (UK)

Moiré ? till now C1 dealed quite correctly, if you're talking about the sails, their strucutre may looks like it has moiré but it isn't; it is a very complicated technology, fore more, see here and there

As for the interiors, they print beautifully and not looking that 3D… ;-)
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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:32 PM
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Wow to the boat's builders
Yep! and here's CNB's stand with the photos of Chrisco during the Monacoyachtshow (Sept. 2009):





And finally, Christco itslef (herself!) berthed and presented by the yard at the Monacoyachtshow:



Visit sur "Rendez-vous" only!
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I'd love to have just stopped by, Nicolas and surprised you with Champagne! We're so proud of you and your consistently elegant and masterful work.

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I'd love to have just stopped by, Nicolas and surprised you with Champagne! We're so proud of you and your consistently elegant and masterful work.
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Well, Nicolas, I finally got to see the Chrisco in person. It was Wendy who noticed and recognized this wonderful boat! "That's Nicolas's super- yacht!", she said!

It was moored at the dock near the boats in the America Cup in San Francisco, last week. We waited around, but the owners were no where around!

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Ha! a nice boat isn't it :-)

AFAIK thy will cruise the Alaska shore next summer…
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