Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The lot of the shutter bug

Rear view shot

One thing that strikes me about most pictures of kayakers on blogs etc is they have a common perspective. They're usually of paddlers taken from the back, kayaks at rest on beaches or sweeping panoramas of seascapes.

If you are a kayaker and take pictures on paddles then more often than not you're acting as a sweep and taking pictures from behind the pack. Take a picture, the group paddles on and you're playing catch up - pretty much all day long. Except when its just Stan and myself, we stop or slow down when one of us dallies to take a picture.

I'd like to take more front on shots and the only way to do that is to learn to hold the camera level while holding it pointing backwards. Its largely hit or miss but its always a surprise because there's no control over the composition.

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