This is a picture I took while kayaking in Drake’s Estero, a body of water lying within the Point Reyes National Seashore, one of my local parks.
This one was simple to take. I have a small, digital point and shoot camera with an underwater housing (these days I would just buy one of the many small digitals that can be used in and out of the water, instead of doubling my expenses by buying a camera and a housing).
I saw this really cool tiny jellyfish near the surface of the water. I have a macro setting on the camera, and I set it to that. I put my camera underwater (all settings automatic, but still in RAW shooting mode), put the camera right up to the jelly and took several images.
I had no way of seeing what I was doing (the screen was pointing towards the bottom of the estero, and the lens was pointing towards the surface) so I had to guess at composition. And got lucky. There were several that were fun, but this was my favorite.
The blurred light and dark lines in the background are the cliffs that line some of the shores of the estero.
Sometimes there can be a lot involved for successful kayak photography, but other times… The only thing special that I did in the first place was to be there, and then to put my camera in the water…
What an amazing result for your actions! You make it sound like even I could do it!!
I think you could do it. Just need to put yourself in the right place at the right time
An absolutely cracking pic Galen, can you tell me what point and shoot it was?
The point and shoot I used was the canon G9 in an underwater housing. The newer G series take better images, but this one works well for my purposes… and means I don’t have to get a new housing. As I said though, there are several brands that make submersible point and shoots that don’t need housings, which would make things even simpler.
Thanks Galen, I may well check em out.
Fabulous. I love jellies!
Thanks Cee. Jellies are some of my favorites too
Sounds like fun and oh no, something else that I might like to have.
Marvelous thing to be able to put a camera under water, even (or perhaps especially) if it is just a small handheld camera.