Shortly after Chris and I photographed the Hinckley Dasher, we got the call for one of the largest power boats in the Hinckley fleet: the Talaria 55. As a 55' luxury motor yacht, the Talaria 55 also comes in a flybridge version. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of this yacht are truly exceptional, and the ride is comfortable as can be. It's a nod to classic design but with all the bells and whistles of a 21st century technologically advanced watercraft.
We started bright and early on a crisp cold morning in October, jetting by the Newport bridge and Castle Hill at sunrise. We looped around Aquidneck Island, nestling into Sakonnet Harbor during early morning, before taking long runs up the East Passage around noontime. For sunset, we tucked into the harbor at Potter's Cove on Prudence Island where we were just about the only boat in sight. The Talaria drifted on perfectly calm waters as the sun sank below the horizon. As sunset passed, I waited patiently for that moment all twilight photographers wait for, when the sky and the lights onboard balanced each other perfectly to create a brilliant glowing image of mingling cool blues and warm yellows.
With a cruising speed of 27 knots and top speed of 36 knots, we were hard pressed to keep pace with the Talaria 55 from the chase boat. But as we let her zoom pass us, she was magnificent to behold. She was spacious and comfortable, accommodating in every way. The Talaria 55 exudes a life of luxury on the water, and she was a joy to photograph!
I primarily shot from a chase boat with my Nikon D750 and 70–200mm VRII lens. As the boat came to rest and we were able to approach a little closer, I switched to my 50mm prime and my 16-35mm wide angle zoom for some variety. We did this run once in the morning, and again in the afternoon with the setting sun. Interior shots could only be effectively achieved with the even wider 14-24mm lens, I shot entirely with natural light. Just 2mm really does make a difference!
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