Back in the days when film was the only way to capture images, I was using a shallow draft watercraft to reach those special places that only birds and a few people knew about. That prompted the article below, so rather than retype it, it is shown in it’s entirety. Updated comments appear below that… especially in view of the upcoming April 11& 12, 2014 Photography on the Water brochure program.
Today, even though the digital platform is upon us, nothing has changed regarding photography on the water – except for technology. You can buy waterproof cameras for a fraction of the cost of housings to keep them safe. You can even find point and shoot waterproof cameras that are pretty darn good. In fact, the one I own is smaller than that old pack of cigarettes, does 1080 video and is very smart.
But I still love my long lens with great glass and my favorite digital camera body. And, we have found an ideal item made by Sea and Summit to use on kayaks to help keep the water out. For canoes and open craft you may still want to refer to the above article.
The item I’m about to discuss fits on top of the kayak, has plenty of room for my 80-200 f/2.8 with body attached and is pretty safe from the normal bits of water when kayaking.
When I see something worth photographing, I simply wipe my hands with a towel, slide the zipper open and retrieve the camera.
The Sea to Summit Solution Gear Access Deck Bag pictured here also has an seperate internal dry bag (red in the picture) for added protection should it be required. It’s a $79 item and if you can’t find it at Headwaters Outfitters, Amazon.com should have it.
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Next, shooting from the kayak requires some additional preparation on our part. Essentially, how to best hold the camera. The best way is like you would hold a gun – the barrel of the lens in the palm of your left hand with the right hand on the camera body, finger on the shutter release ready to shoot. For a greater discussion click here http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-hold-a-digital-camera.
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