Kayak Photography

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

  1. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    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
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691795370/" title="Brown Water Snake by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691795370_0eed5509c8_c. "800" height="600" alt="Brown Water Snake"></a>

    Brown Water Snake
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691793356/" title="Brown Water Snake by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691793356_d903687914_c. "800" height="600" alt="Brown Water Snake"></a>

    Brown-Headed Nuthatch
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691790700/" title="Brown-Headed Nuthatch by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691790700_9ea1c52334_c. "800" height="760" alt="Brown-Headed Nuthatch"></a>

    What is known as 'The Bridge To Nowhere' (It had that name before the Palin one)
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691788934/" title="Bridge To Nowhere by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691788934_3a42d52bc2_c. "755" height="800" alt="Bridge To Nowhere"></a>

    Yellow-Bellied Sliders
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8690667469/" title="Yellow Bellied Sliders by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8690667469_8e04149688_c. "800" height="499" alt="Yellow Bellied Sliders"></a>

    Paddling Trail in Alligator River NWR
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691784834/" title="Paddling Trail by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691784834_2100c39ec9_c. "600" height="800" alt="Paddling Trail"></a>

    End of the hiking trail
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8690662721/" title="Trail Flower by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8690662721_dc318f7536_c. "627" height="800" alt="Trail Flower"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691779352/" title="Iris by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691779352_11bb34c20a_c. "600" height="800" alt="Iris"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/honorableninja/8691777332/" title="Irises by honorableninja, on Flickr"> 8691777332_d6b594569f_c. "800" height="600" alt="Irises"></a>
  2. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    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

  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

    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

    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

    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.

    Laughing Gull In Flight by honorableninja, on Flickr

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

    American Snapping Turtle by honorableninja, on Flickr

    White Ibis by honorableninja, on Flickr

    White Ibis by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Rough Green Snake by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Family of Canada Geese by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Semipalmated Plover by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Snowy Egret x Willet by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Grey Catbird by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Great Egret Fishing by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Prothonatory Warbler Nest by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Milltail Creek by honorableninja, on Flickr

    The thunderstorm factory by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Milltail Creek by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Milltail Creek x New Staff by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Perception Avatar by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Bladderwort Flowers by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Water by honorableninja, on Flickr

    Sawyer Lake by honorableninja, on Flickr
  9. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    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..

    Prothonotary Warbler by honorableninja, on Flickr

    American Alligator by honorableninja, on Flickr
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