RNLI boat launch caught on camera

Over recent weeks I’ve posted quite a bit of long-exposure photography. These are images that often require patience, practise and time to set up. On this occasion, however, I’m posting something entirely different: The moment an RNLI rescue boat was launched right in front of me.When this kind of unexpected event happens, you simply have to point, shoot and hope for the best.

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The moment an RNLI rescue boat was launched right in front of me. There was no time to prepare. I had to point, shoot and go for it.

It was an exciting moment. There was an announcement over a public address system and then a small bulldozer appeared from the RNLI Lifeboat Station (that’s Royal National Lifeboat Institute for any non-British readers) pushing the boat into the water.

I simply put my camera into burst mode and fired off shot after shot. With no notice this was going to happen, there was nothing else to do.

This action all happened on a recent visit to Hastings (when I took this image). The shot was taken just as the dinghy’s propeller entered the water. In fact, in the previous frame, you can still see the propeller as it hasn’t yet been submerged.

I like to think the image conveys a sense of excitement. The crew are obviously all concentrating very hard and you can see the wake in the water as the dinghy speeds off.

I’d be curious to know, do you think it conveys a sense of excitement? Do you think it works as an image as it all happened so fast I had no time to plan or take practise shots?

This is one of many images linked to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. I recommend clicking on the badge below and visiting the linky as it always features some great images.

Oh, and while I hate to burst the bubble, I later found out this launch was drill. Nobody was being rescued but it was still a very impressive event to witness.

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26 Comments

  1. November 26, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I think it definitely has a sense of urgency about it – although I’m glad to hear it was only a drill. As we spend a fair bit of time in Cromer on the Norfolk coast we’ve seen the lifeboat launch several times (once from within the station itself) but I’ve never managed to capture a good image of it. Great work, John. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      I bet you do see quite a few launches! Delighted the sense of urgency came through.

  2. November 26, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Fab action shot John. I have never seen a lifeboat launch myself. Looks amazing. #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      First time I’d seen one Nigel but it was all very exciting.

  3. November 26, 2017 / 7:30 am

    It’s a great photo. I’m slightly distracted by the man with his head down, but that’s part of the urgency of it.
    Definitely always best to take lots of shots in these situations and see which one works best.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      I think that guy is was concentrating on getting the engine going because of the way it was launched. And yes, I have many, many shots of this boat speeding off!

  4. November 26, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Wow and it turned out brilliant! Action shot!

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks Emma, glad you enjoyed the image.

  5. November 26, 2017 / 9:26 am

    At the right place at the right time. Great moment to capture

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      No more to it than that Darren: right place, right time and with a great camera.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Luckily they were speeding towards an empty sea because it was simply a drill. Even so, it was very dramatic.

  6. November 26, 2017 / 11:10 am

    It’s a great shot John. Some of the best photos are the unplanned ones like this.
    Burst setting is great for these action shots.

    #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Point, shoot, go and hope for the best. That’s all I could do and I think it worked.

  7. November 26, 2017 / 11:47 am

    It does look very dramatic and professional, even if it was just a drill!
    #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      It certainly did look dramatic. Didn’t take long to launch, that I can tell you!

  8. November 26, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I hope it was a successful rescue mission, they are always exciting to watch so long as the end result is good!

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Luckily it was a drill but the sense of urgency couldn’t be missed I didn’t think.

  9. November 26, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Great shot John. The RNLI do such an incredible job and you’ve definitely captured that sense of urgency. #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks David, they certainly do a fantastic job. Glad you enjoyed the image.

  10. November 26, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Great shot that screams action! Glad nobody was in distress though. RNLI Stu an amazing job.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Glad the action aspect came through. It was all very exciting and yes, they do a great job.

  11. November 27, 2017 / 5:02 am

    Hi Darren, the angle of the boat and the business of the crew does give off a sense of excitement. I think shot in the moment photos can work as they are ‘here & now’, sometimes we tend to over think things, which does make for nice photos, but doesn’t always catch a moment.
    Well done for getting this shot. If it were me the boat would have been long gone!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Burst mode Debbie, very difficult to miss the action that way!

  12. December 2, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Considering the time and response I think, as always, that youve done brilliantly! Absolutely love it. The fact that it is clearly on a turn and can see the ruffles of water/wave definitely adds some excitement to the photo. I’m more interested in the other burst shots too and to see why you chose this one and to then see the action frame by frame. Great photo! Sorry I didnt comment last time but thought I would come and comment on this weeks instead! Looking forward to seeing tomorrow’s! #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      December 5, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      I had plenty of shots to choose from Martyn, but I think this one was the image that I could frame the best against the harbour wall. If I could display every image in turn on a large wall, it would be fascinating to show every shot as the boat actually launched. If I were to be really honest, one or two of the images when the boat was slightly further out to sea would have been slightly more dramatic. Thanks for commenting Martyn!