In many ways, sports and the city of Boston just seem to go hand-in-hand. Yes, Beantown residents love sports (many different forms, in fact) and that’s pretty good news forprofessionals in the field of Sports Photography in Boston.The city is home to some big winners in major league sports. They are the Red Sox in baseball and the Celtics in basketball. Plus for ice hockey there’s the Bruins and the New England Patriots for American football. Aside for those, there is the internationally renowned Boston marathon which has the distinction of being the oldest annual marathon in the world. It’s a full 26.2-mile race which attracts upwards of 25,000 registered participants each year – that’s a big jump from the 15 runners who took part in the inaugural run in 1897! Perhaps just as astounding are the half a million spectators who gather to watch and cheer on the competitors. The whole event and the atmosphere it generates throughout the city is always a big boon for Sports Photography in Boston. Within the contiguous United States, Boston is the only state capital that can boast an oceanic shoreline. This coastline and the city’s many waterways are integral to the city’s yearly roster of sporting events. The biggest water-based event is perhaps the Head of the Charles Regatta rowing race, held annually in October. Sailing in Boston Harbor is also a big deal for boaters, especially when sailing ships (aka tall ships) make up a part of the scenery. There are avid sailors and popular sailing competitions all along the East Coast. This photo is of Jim Backus, of Suffolk, Va. You can see his silhouette as he stands towards the front of Fourplay, a Hunter 34 sailboat, as she gets hit by a bad patch of weather. Backus is part-owner of Fourplay and every Wednesday he, along with a group of his friends, takes her out sailing for a couple hours.
Location: Norfolk, Virginia.