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Some friends I met on the river

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Holmes, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Did a 23 mile stretch on the North Platte yesterday and got to try out my new photography kayak. This one is a 27" wide very stable boat, much different from my other long and narrow performance boats.

    I quickly gained a healthy respect for those folks at the Cafe that regularly turn in beautiful captures from their kayaks... it ain't easy! I blew highlights right and left, jumped the VR, missed focus a gazillion times, used too slow shutter speeds, and... well, you get it :eek: 

    And the bureau opened the reservoirs a bit so instead of my anticipated 3 mph drift I was going along at 5.1 mph. That made things interesting!

    I've much to learn yet doing this from a boat on a river but I did manage a few that weren't toal washouts. All taken with the 70-300 VR:

    Dignified observer of the kingdom:
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    Wing stretch on a cold 37 F morning:

    Hot and soft - get a new photographer!:

    A natural model:

    Bump the SS, dummy!:
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    Can you hear me now?:
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    Once around the park, please:

    And finally, a critter of my persuasion and it doesn't fly!:
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    The rest of the gallery is here - no snickering allowed!:http://holmes.zenfolio.com/p446731309

    Going to add flash fill in the future and set my EC function to the wheel only - two button adjustment just isn't fast enough on the river. Gotta remember to mash that camera to the face, really makes a difference in a kayak.

    Trials and tribulations of an amateur :biggrin:
  2. russowl


    Jun 9, 2008
    The best kind of friends to have ,, great shots ....
  3. Ron S

    Ron S Guest

    Man what a variety, great shots, love that first eagle one especially!
  4. Cameron

    Cameron Guest

    From a kayak, wow.
    Really nice shots. I have a hard enough time on dry land. :tongue:
  5. AgilityIG


    May 13, 2008
    Excellent - I would be too worried about being on water to worry about shooting!! LOL

    Love the dragonfly!
  6. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Thank you, it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

    Thanks. I saw more eagles on this trip than any previous venture this year. Couldn't come up with an otter to save my life though!

    Thank you. I'm pleased for a first time effort but there's some really impressive kayak shooters here at the Cafe and they've set the bar rather high!

    Thanks. It was a concern and I continually caught myself armholding the camera when turning at extreme angles. Got a lot of softies doing that! Gotta remember to keep it mashed to the face :smile:

    That was the only dragonfly I could get close enough to! It rode with me on and off for a few miles.

    Thank you, Louis. You'll probably spot the substitutions since I originally posted the thread. I re-worked the images a bit trying to improve them with suggestions from some folks over at FM.
  7. very nice images
    thanks for sharing them with us
  8. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Thank you, Greg. And you're most welcome.
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