Then a friend suggested using Moths. I tried once, but conditions were unfavorable. For this third attempt in Key Largo, in March, I recruit Brad Funk, Patrick Wilson and Jonny Goldsberry. The plan is to shoot from the water, but we can’t secure a chase boat for the night, so I stage from a jetty. The sailors launch 30 minutes before the sun dips below the horizon, and once on the water, they sail in tight formation, buzzing the jetty in several passes while I click the shutter. They communicate among themselves to avoid running into one another, as I’m unable to give direction from land.
“When your vision is limited, your other senses become more alive,” says Funk. “Extrasensory perception starts to take over. Your hearing, your balance and your tactile senses take control of the situation and give you a better sense of where you are, both [in terms of] altitude above the water and in relation to objects around you.