As you may or may not know I volunteer on the lifeboat at Swanage - This was where my initial thought of photography came from as I thought it would be a good way to publicise what we do and the also get a view point of the local coastal area from a different angle than most see. However, being able to use the camera well and also conduct the training or taskings together isn't that easy, hence why you don't see that much from the boat. However, late February, during a windy spell of weather we had a rough weather training exercise. The training was split in two, so two sets of crew could gain experience of the new Shannon class boat that we now have on station. This new state of the art lifeboat propulsion system is from water jets instead of the traditional propeller method which crew must now adapt to. So on the boats first run out I went up onto the cliff top to capture some of the action from above before returning to the boat for the second run and capturing from inside. As you can see, having the camera setup on a tripod and on level ground makes taking pictures a lot easier than bouncing around in the wheelhouse!
The rough weather is a great spectacle and lots of people and photographers love to watch it. If you are one of those people then make sure you do it from a safe distance. No shot is worth the risk and although we train for it, we don't really want to go out in adverse weather to search for you.
Enough of the words, here some of the pictures and video from the day