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She learnt this to her cost when she was asked to take a masthead promotional image while working as official photographer for the British America's Cup Campaign in Fremantle, Australia. After waiting all day in soaring temperatures for her moment, she was finally invited on board and hoisted up the masthead.
But she'd barely caught her breath before the skipper warned her to hold on, and then the yacht began furiously rolling back and forth as it surfed over huge waves. Then I looked down and saw, to my amazement, that there was absolutely no one on board. I was 80ft up a mast, sailing flat out with no crew, and the shore was fast approaching. As a prank, the strong crew had shot down below out of sight - just to wind me up.
I threatened to kill them when I reached dry land, though the picture of the deserted boat made a crazy image and was later used to promote the campaign. Kos, now in her 50s, is speaking from the Midhurst home she shares with her husband and daughter, Ocean, nine. They moved from London six years ago when Kos decided that she wanted Ocean to enjoy the rural surroundings she'd enjoyed as a child.
We moor our boat at Chichester Harbour and spend a lot of time on the Solent because I love photographing the beautiful inlets, natural harbours and quaint little villages along the Sussex coast," she says.
Kos picked up a camera when she was two, but only decided that boats were her thing when she climbed aboard her first ocean-going yacht with Peter de Savary's America's Cup syndicate in She quickly acquired a reputation as the danger woman of sports photography and clients began hiring her because she always strove to find an angle that hadn't been attempted before. She took her first trademark masthead shot onboard the British yacht, Victory, in , a feat which hadn't been attempted since the s.
They also required a real head for heights.
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Not only do I have to negotiate the flagging sails, but numerous metal wires, ropes and spreaders, which usually beat me up. You also need a lot of strength to stop yourself being flung from the mast, which moves on every wave and gust of wind - with ten times the amount of movement on deck. It also helps to prevent me being thrown off the mast part way up, which can cause serious head injuries because you fly out, swing round on a 50ft or ft pendulum, and then smack back into the mast and rigging at great speed.
In her book, Kos picks out some of the highlights of her rich career - from shadowing American yachting legend Dennis Connor and undertaking a dangerous assignment in war-torn Bosnia to shooting the British Sailing team in the buff for the LA Olympics. But perhaps the most exciting commission was filming James Bond, alias Pierce Brosnan, from her boat down the Thames through central London for a high-speed boat chase which later formed the thrilling opening sequence to the Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. I find it surreal watching the movie and hearing the familiar noise of my boat on the big screen.
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Customer Service. We processed the images that night and the best picture became the main poster for the British Victory campaign. Having mastered the technique of getting up the mast, I asked the crew to carry out a spinnaker peel hoisting a second spinnaker, then dousing the first while I was up there.
This time, I used a telephoto lens to crop into the forward bow section of the boat.
I wanted to show the bowman on the spinnaker pole and the size of the sails he had to deal with. The mast lashed around violently as the two giant spinnakers collapsed and flogged in the Being the official photographer for the British Crusader campaign it was, perhaps not surprisingly, the first thing they asked of me. This campaign was a lot more media savvy than my previous commissions and it required a lot more day-to-day coverage. I ended up living in Western Australia for over a year. Quite a daunting experience. But as it was, he gave me valuable support and encouragement in what was then a very male dominated sport — much more than it is now.
Being a woman working amongst a large team of serious male athletes can feel quite threatening. Their whole focus is winning and little else. There is little priority or consideration for a photographer trying to create the most amazing images and in those days, before sponsorship really caught hold, my role was not highly regarded by the crew. Early on, I was asked to shoot a masthead image to be used as the main promotional poster for the campaign.
We were getting close to our first race day and, as far as the crew was concerned, there was absolutely no time available for a photo shoot. I waited all day on my powerboat in nearly 40 degrees of heat, bouncing around in the large waves waiting for a moment to get onboard to take some pictures. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. This Book have some digital formats such us :paperbook, ebook, kindle, epub, fb2 and another formats.