Like a lot of sailors, even when I’m not working, I enjoy taking photos out on the water. With an ongoing panoply of incredibly cool boats from every era going to and fro in the city’s busy harbor, Newport is an especially good place to do so. But great marine photography is both an art and a science, and not an easy one at that. Oftentimes you’re shooting one pitching, moving object from the deck of yet another one. A good dollop of sea spray can gum up the works of an expensive camera body easily, and the light changes often and quickly. I’ve always admired the best nautical shooters, like van der Wal, who have their own distinct style. I consider them nothing less than artists, with technical skills to match. Van der Wal readily admits that much of the magic and artistry in his work comes from the many hours he spends massaging raw files on his Mac.