October 14, 2010. Paddling Seda Cylon kayak on the Poudre River in Nix Natural Area in Fort Collins (between Lemay and Timbeline streets) Camera: Pentax Optio W30.
Related posts: Paddling the Poudre River at Nix Natural Area in Fort Collins Paddling the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins - maps and mileage Old Aqueduct over the Cache la Poudre River Low Water Paddling and Photography
October 15, 2011. Paddling self portrait on the South Platte River above Kersey, Colorado. Camera: GoPro Hero HD 2 mounted on a kayak deck with sticky pod (a single suction cup). See South Platte River with GoPro Hero HD Camera and Thunderbolt Kayak..
Of course, I paddled much longer on the Boyd Lake, but I stopped for 10 minutes in the southern end of the lake to enjoy a magic light just before sunset. I shot several pictures looking north trying different angles, different placement of a horizon, with and without a kayak bow in the frame and switching from horizontal to vertical format. All pictures were shot with Pentax Optio W10 with EV compensation set between -1 and and -1.7 and white balance left on "auto".
The above 6 pictures were selected from 20+ pictures I shot during that 10 minute photo session. The light was changing. You can see these young flooded cottonwood trees in the light at first, then they went into shadow. It looks quiet and calm, but passing power boats were sending wakes to my tippy photography platform - WSBS Thunderbolt-X kayak. It would be rather embarrassing to flip over in 1 foot deep water.
Which is your favorite picture? There are larger images behind the thumbnails.
This article was originally posted in my old blog on June 26, 2007. I was shooting with Pentax Optio W10 at that time. I have just upgraded my paddling camera to Pentax Optio WG-2 after shooting with W30 for several years.