This year, I set up early on Peebles Island Friday evening to photograph the boats as they paraded up the Hudson and into Waterford Harbor, which is actually a mouth of the Mohawk River. I used my EOS 5D Mark II and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. I used the same setup, bringing along the 40mm pancake lens the next morning for shots of the boats at dock.
A gallery of images is located at http://trulandphoto.zenfolio.com/tugboat2013
One small tugboat, the Iron Chief (actually a steamboat although I've never seen it at the Steamboat Meet), was particularly image worthy, as was it's captain. All these shots were made from the bridge between Waterford and Peebles Island.
|130mm, f/4.5, 1/750 sec., ISO 200|
|200mm, f/4.5, 1/750 sec., ISO 200|
|185mm, f/4.5, 1/350 sec., ISO 200|
|80mm, f/6.7, 1/250 sec., ISO 200|