Photographer Michael Khan writes:
In 1995, I was invited to a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, New York. In the evening, the fog would settle on the lake. By the time I would take my hand-made wooden rowboat out on the water, the fog would be gently lifting. One day, in the mist of the coming morning, I came across a boat so unusual and beautiful in design that I felt compelled to photograph her. Hours later, the serenity of the morning shot was long forgotten, but the image was still there. I came home and didn’t know what to do with the portfolio. I did some research and learned an old recipe for sepia-toning the photographs that I had taken that day. After working in the darkroom and testing the new technique, I came up with a selection that I sent to the magazine Adirondack Life. Not long after, they contacted me and ending up running a six-page spread of these images. The Bow of the Idem (featured here in the picture behind me) was one from that day, and it marked the beginning of my nautical photography career.
A boat load of new books have arrived at the Nautical Mind in the past month. They include:
SOLAS Consolidated Edition, 2011 on CD-ROM by International Maritime Organization – $139.95
In the King’s Name by Alexander Kent – $29.95
The Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention by SF – $120.95
Commercial Management in Shipping by D. L. Dykstra – $119.95
When the Chestnut Was In Flower: Inside the Chestnut Canoe by Roger MacGregor – $49.95
RYA Introduction to Motorboat Handling by Jon Mendez – $31.95
Exciting New Books Now In Stock at the Nautical Mind:
For over thirty years, Lin and Larry Pardey have been sailing around the world, writing about their adventures, and showing others how to follow them. Unlike most modern cruisers they sail without any engine whatsoever!
The third edition of their cruising classic, The Capable Cruiser has just come out. It’s fully revised and updated, and has nine all new chapters including: ways to encourage your partner to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at sea; and and “What do people worry about that never actually happens”.