Low Water Paddling on the Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado

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

Paddling Self Portrait on the South Platte River

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.


North Platte River between Saratoga and Pick Bridge, Wyoming

April 21, 2012. High cliff on the shore of North Platte River below Saratoga, Wyoming. Camera: Pentax Optio WP30. See 57 Miles of Paddling on North Platte River from Treasure Island to Fort Steele, Wyoming.

Start of 2012 Missouri River 340 Race

July 31, 2012. Kaw Point (the confluence of Kaw and Missouri Rivers near Kansas City). A few minutes before the start of solo boats. Camera: Pentax Optio WG2. See 10 pictures from the start in fitness paddling blog.

Sail-paddling upstream of the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park

May 4, 2012. Canyonlands National Park. Sail-paddling upstream of the Colorado River (about 10 miles below Potash). See 4 Days of Paddling and Sailing in Canyonlands

JKK Supernova Kayak on the Missouri River

August 2, 2012. Missouri River near Dundee, Missouri, mile 76. Paddling JKK Supernova Kayak during 7th Annual Missouri River 340 Race from Kansas City to St Charles. More pictures from this race in fitness paddling blog

Start of 2012 Colorado River Race in Glenwood Canyon

August 19, 2012. Dotsero, Colorado. Start of Annual Colorado River Race from Dotsero to Hanging Lake Parking Area in Glenwood Canyon. This race opened for all kayaks, canoes and stand up paddling boards run every year on the 3rs Sunday of August. More about this race in fitness paddling blog

6 Pictures within 10 Minutes from Sunset Paddling on Boyd Lake

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.

Carbon Fiber and Wood Canoe Paddles in Royalty Free Pictures

I am using lightweight Zaveral paddles for my canoe paddling and racing. However, black carbon fiber is quite challenging to photograph and not really photogenic. So, over years I have gathered a small collection of wooden canoe paddles. Much more fun to photograph. Sometimes, they serve as spares, but mostly they are just photo props.

I am using single blade paddles with my Surfrigger (outrigger canoe), Kruger's Sea Wind canoe and Spencer Xtreme (racing hybrid canoe for Texas Water Safari). I am also trying them on some of my kayaks, e.g., a recovery alternative paddling for my JKK Supernova kayak.

Here are some of paddle photos from my stock photography portfolio. These and other pictures are available for licensing as royalty free digital downloads starting with $2 or/and as prints. If you cannot find what you need in my stock portfolio I can shoot custom designs at affordable prices. Most of my pictures are also available in various stock agencies including Shutterstock, Dreamstime, BigStock, Graphic Leftovers, iStockPhoto.

Do you own an interesting kayak or canoe paddle? Handmade, perhaps? Would you like to get free pictures of your paddles? If you live or paddle nearby in northern Colorado, please let me know. Actually, old, scratched bitten paddles are great photography subjects too.

There are 4 comments so far

  • Bill Ashworth
    3 years ago

    Marek – what do you know about the condition of the South Platte put-ins/take-outs and river courses traditionally used by the Joint Clubs March event? Poudre and RMCC are organizing for 2015 and looking for information

    Bill Ashworth

  • Marek Author
    3 years ago

    I haven’t paddled the South Platte this year yet. Last year, I paddled the river around Kuner and Kersey – no significant changes in river character or access after flooding there. I haven’t seen Riverside Park in Evans after re-opening. I may have some updates in the next couple of weeks.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Marek – Great pictures! This canoe stabilizer and platform may help if you have a tripod on your Penobscot.


  • 2 years ago

    Hi Larry. I go to southwestern Wyoming where my dad lives and saretm fish with sinners and do some fly fishing. Been doing it every year since I was in third grade. Lots of water up there this year so fishing was slow but still fun. Love to pan fry smaller trout or wrap them in tin foil with some butter and garlic and put them on a grill or in the coals of a camp fire for about 30 minutes. Can’t go wrong with either method.RG

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