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So I went ahead and bought a kayak today. I had read quite a bit about photographers being more able to get closer to subjects such as waterfowl, and also accessing more remote locations that could present better opportunities than the worn out paths. I'm also quite tired of shooting against the sky and other boring backdrops. I think getting out on the water and getting a lower perspective will help open up some more creative opportunities.
Unfortunately, today has been a very windy, overcast day. I still had to get out there and see what I could do. In short, I had a great time and I think this will be a very enjoyable way to expand my photography. I was able to get very close- too close for 600mm in several cases. That said, I'd love to get some ideas from the experienced kayak photographers on best methods to approach, how they're bracing themselves, etc. Do you find it is best to get to a spot and let the action come to you? How are you protecting your gear in the kayak (dry bags for superteles, etc)?
I had some difficulties with the motion in the kayak throwing me off. For example, in photo #2, movement caused the focus point to move off of the heron's eye and onto his body. This was the reason for most of my deleted shots. Just really looking for any tips that you guys can pass along.
Many thanks in advance!
Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF600mm f/4L IS USM lens 600mm f/8.0 1/800s 1250 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF600mm f/4L IS USM lens 600mm f/8.0 1/2000s 1250 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF600mm f/4L IS USM lens 600mm f/8.0 1/2500s 1250 ISO 0.0 EV
Edited on May 18, 2013 at 09:17 PM · View previous versions