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Kayak Photography

Discussion in 'Nature' started by powderbanks, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 7, 2012
    north carolina
    Anyone else kayak? I'm a kayak tour guide/instructor, and I usually just use my Blackberry for taking pictures out on the water. But since I just picked up the Panasonic 45-200mm zoom for my GH2, I figured why not take it today. This time of year, the tour groups are pretty small, so it's easier for me to have some moments to snap a few pictures without worrying about someone falling in while doing so. Anyways, this is the first time I've taken the GH2 out on the water with me, and I plan on shooting more. Comments, critiques and any tips for shooting from a kayak are appreciated.

    Brown Water Snake
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    Brown Water Snake
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    Brown-Headed Nuthatch
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    What is known as 'The Bridge To Nowhere' (It had that name before the Palin one)
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    Yellow-Bellied Sliders
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    Paddling Trail in Alligator River NWR
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    End of the hiking trail
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    Irises
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  2. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Takis
    Beautiful and intense colors!
     
  3. lefty

    lefty Mu-43 Regular

    my first time out with my EM5 on my Hobie Revo
    I just took pics of birds otherwise I wouldn't get any fishing done lol
    I only used the 45mm because it was easy to pack away in my waterproof pouch in case a jetskiier or boat came along

    https://www.mu-43.com/f54/share-birds-4838/index269.html
     
  4. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    That's pretty cool, how about some alley-gaters? I hear from the park officials (in Alligator River Wildlife Refuge) that the gators are crossing the North Carolina-Virgina border migrating north.
     
  5. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Nice work!
     
  6. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Dec 7, 2012
    north carolina
    There are a bunch of gators out there, just didn't see any that day. I think with this storm system moving in, it kept them hunkered down. I did see a black bear cub on the drive in, but it ran off before I could even stop the truck.

    It wouldn't surprise me if the alligators were making their way past the NC/VA border. The climate really isn't much different, and the warmish winters we've been having, I could see them thriving in areas like the Dismal Swamp. Which is an awesome place to kayak incidentally. I do have some pictures from Lake Drummond with a GH1 I had for a while, I need to dig in the hard drive for those though..
     
  7. darrellc

    darrellc Mu-43 Regular

    112
    Aug 21, 2012
    Well I've only rented a kayak a few times, but here's a picture of Kayakers at Deception Pass here in WA state, taken with an OM-D and the 45-175 Pany zoom.

    8637070458_d5518005ba_b. Assembled Kayakers by DarrellC, on Flickr
     
  8. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Dec 7, 2012
    north carolina
    ^ That is epic. I've only done a little bit of paddling in the ocean, but around here it's all just sandy beach breaks, so nothing too exciting scenery-wise.

    I've only had a couple tours since the last time I posted. Crappy spring weather cancelled a lot of them or kept me from taking the camera. This week the new summer staff have arrived and today was day 3 of guide training. We paddled Pea Island and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges today, as well as had a birding clinic while at Pea Island NWR. Took a bunch of pictures today, so apologies for the megapost, but maybe it'll make up for the past month or so of nothing. All shot with the Panny 45-200 lens.

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    Red-Winged Blackbird x Indian Blanket by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    American Snapping Turtle by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    White Ibis by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    White Ibis by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Rough Green Snake by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Family of Canada Geese by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Semipalmated Plover by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Snowy Egret x Willet by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Grey Catbird by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Great Egret Fishing by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Prothonatory Warbler Nest by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Milltail Creek by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Perception Avatar by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Bladderwort Flowers by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Water by honorableninja, on Flickr

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    Sawyer Lake by honorableninja, on Flickr
     
  9. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 7, 2013
    Lisbon
    Very cool photos on this thread. Thanks for sharing with us, non-kayakers
     
  10. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Dec 7, 2012
    north carolina
    Had three tours out at Alligator River NWR today. Managed to find a gator and snap a few pics off, and finally got a few good pictures of a Prothonatory Warbler. You may have never seen one, but if you live or have been to the Southeast US in the summer, you've probably heard it. It has a very distinct, 'sweet-sweet-sweet' call. There is a nest right at the put in for the tour. When I left for my 8am tour, there were 5 eggs, when I returned there were 3 eggs and 2 hatchlings. After my 2pm tour there were 4 hatchlings. Pretty cool to see that as the day went on. I only snapped a couple pics with my phone of that though..

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    American Alligator by honorableninja, on Flickr