Yacht Spotting 2015

We chat with Europe-based superyacht photographer Julien Hubert.

Ilona, Ace, Pelorus, and Al Mirqab in Beaulieu.
Yas 141m (463 feet) in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.
Yas 141m (463 feet) in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.
Symphony 101m (333 feet) by Feadship.
Silver Fast 77m (253 feet) by Silver Yachts.
Yas 141m (463 feet) in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

Topaz 147m (484 feet)

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Pelorus 110m (361 feet) by Lurssen

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Eclipse & Rising Sun

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Madame Gu 99m (325 feet)

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Bliss 52m (171 feet) by Palmer Johnson

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Anastasia & Nirvana

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Ace 87m (285 feet) by Lurssen

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Palladium 96m (315 feet)

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Eclipse and Rising Sun

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"One of the best places in the world," – Julien Hubert. Villefranche Sur Mer, French Riviera.Julien Hubert

Alfa Nero 82m (269 feet) by Oceanco

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Bliss 52m (171 feet) by Palmer Johnson

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Al Mirqab

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Kingdom 5KR 86m (282 feet)

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Elada 45m (148 feet)

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Equanimity 92m (302 feet)

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Ice 90m (295 feet)

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Palladium 96m (315 feet)

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Luna 115m (377 feet)

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Solandge 85m (279 feet)

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Rahil

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Okto 66m (217 feet)

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Pelorus 115m (377 feet)

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Skat 71m (233 feet)

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4you 55m (180 feet)

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Eclipse 162m (532 feet)

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**Al Mirqab**_133m (436 feet)
Al MirqabBy Julien Hubert
Al Mirqab 133m

Al Mirqab 133m(436 feet)

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Aquila 85m

Aquila 85m (279 feet)

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Aquila 85m (279 feet)

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Aurelia

Aurelia 37m (121 feet)

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Aviva 68m (224 feet)

Aviva 68m (224 feet)

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Como by Feadship

Como by Feadship

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Eclipse 162m (532 ft)

Eclipse 162m (532 ft)

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Eclipse and Rising Sun

Eclipse and Rising Sun

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Ecstasea

Ecstasea

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Eminence 78m (256 feet)

Eminence 78m (256 feet)

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Eminence 78m (256 feet)

Eminence 78m (256 feet)

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Equanimity 92m (302 feet)

Equanimity 92m (302 feet)

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Hampshire ii 78m (256 feet)
Ice

Ice

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Ice 90m (295 feet)

Ice 90m (295 feet)

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Icon and Katara

Icon and Katara

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Kibo 82m (269 feet)

Kibo 82m (269 feet)

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Kismet 95m (312 feet)

Kismet 95m (312 feet)

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Le Grand Bleu 112m (368 feet)
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Luna 115m (377 feet)

Luna 115m (377 feet)

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Madame Gu 2 99m (325 feet)

Madame Gu 2 99m (325 feet)

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Maryah 125m (410 feet)

Maryah 125m (410 feet)

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Maryah 125m (410 feet)

Maryah 125m (410 feet)

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Maryah 125m (410 feet)

Maryah 125m (410 feet)

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Maryah 125m (410 feet)

Maryah 125m (410 feet)

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Musashi 87m (285 feet)
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Octopus 126m (413 feet)

Octopus 126m (413 feet)

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Octopus 126m (413 feet)

Octopus 126m (413 feet)

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Octopus 126m (413 feet)

Octopus 126m (413 feet)

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Octopus 126m (413 feet)

Octopus 126m (413 feet)

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Palladium 96m (315 feet)

Palladium 96m (315 feet)

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Palladium 96m (315 feet)

Palladium 96m (315 feet)

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Quantum Blue 104m (341 feet)

Quantum Blue 104m (341 feet)

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Quattroelle 86m ( 282 feet)

Quattroelle 86m ( 282 feet)

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Quattroelle and Fountainhead

Quattroelle and Fountainhead

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Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

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Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

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Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

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Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

Rising Sun 138m (453 feet)

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Savannah 83.5m (274 feet)
Savannah 83.5m (274 feet)
Serene 134m (440 feet)

Serene 134m (440 feet)

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Serene 134m (440 feet)

Serene 134m (440 feet)

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Serene 134m (440 feet)

Serene 134m (440 feet)

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Serene 134m (440 feet)

Serene 134m (440 feet)

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Serene 134m (440 feet)

Serene 134m (440 feet)

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Solandge 85m (279 feet)

Solandge 85m (279 feet)

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Somar 38m (125 feet)

Somar 38m (125 feet)

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Sunrays 85m (279 feet)

Sunrays 85m (279 feet)

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Topaz 147m (482 feet)

Topaz 147m (482 feet)

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Topaz 147m (482 feet)

Topaz 147m (482 feet)

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Topaz 147m (482 feet)

Topaz 147m (482 feet)

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TV 78m (296 feet)

TV 78m (296 feet)

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Venus 79m (259 feet)

Venus 79m (259 feet)

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Vulcan 46m (151 ft)

Vulcan 46m (151 ft)

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YAS 141m (463 feet)

YAS 141m (463 feet)

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YAS 141m (463 feet)

YAS 141m (463 feet)

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Q: What is it like shooting yachts in a European setting?

A: For me, it is incredible to take yacht pictures in the French Riviera. I really like to take pictures of yachts, in particular, when they are in amazing places like Villefranche Sur Mer, Theoule Sur Mer, Cap d'Antibes or Antibes.

Q: What has been your favorite photo to take so far?

A: That is a difficult question to answer, but I think that one of my favorite superyacht photos is a night shot of Serene, taken on May 2014 during the Cannes Film Festival at the Cap d'Antibes.

Q: How did you arrive at shooting yachts?

A: Before photographing superyachts, I took car pictures, especially in Cannes and Monaco, and step-by-step I started to take superyachts pictures in Monaco. In 2013, I started to concentrate on superyachts pictures after I saw Quattroelle in my city (Cagnes Sur Mer) for the first time.

From then on, I never stopped taking superyachts pictures. The French Riviera is one of the best places in the world to see superyachts. It is now a real passion for me, I like yachts and I really like to take superyacht photos.

Q: What has been your favorite superyacht to photograph?

A: My favorite superyacht to shoot is Rising Sun, built by Lürssen, because I always take very nice pictures of this yacht in amazing places like Antibes, Villefranche Sur Mer, Cannes and Cagnes sur Mer.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you from your photographs?

A: I always use my bike when I'm going to take yacht pictures.

Taking pictures of yachts is not very easy, because most of the time they are in a particular area, sometimes I need to walk a long time with my bike next to me on the rocks to get the shot I want.

And the most difficult part is to take photos at night because I have to wait a long time before taking a good picture with well-placed yachts.