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Ready For Their Close-Ups


Earlier this year, photographer Jay Nichols sent me his event coverage schedule for the year. Only one thought crossed my mind: Better him than me. If Nichols stays on track with his plan—and I have no reason to doubt he will—the guy will have more hours and miles in the air than most seabirds by the time he finishes up with the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in November.

Such is the life of a professional high-performance powerboat photographer. If you want to make a living, you have to hustle. A good reporter can competently interview a subject by phone from a great distance, but a photographer can’t just “dial up” a photo. To get the images he needs, he has to be on scene.

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(Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.)