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Kayak photography video


I spend a lot of time kayaking, exploring, and photographing the natural world. Motorless boats, cameras, and nature all go so well together- gliding silently along, with only the murmur of the paddle to interrupt the songs of the myriad … Continue reading

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Camera settings for kayak photography


Have you ever thought to yourself “What settings should I use on my camera while I am kayaking?” This is especially important to consider with wildlife kayak photography outings, but wonder no longer, help is on the way, in the … Continue reading

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The secret to seeing (and photographing) seals when kayaking


New The biggest secret to seeing seals close up while kayaking shouldn’t be a secret at all… It’s simply to remember to look behind yourself. It is illegal to approach a seal too closely (federal marine mammal act), but it … Continue reading

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The Languid Sea Lion


New On an afternoon like this, in a year not so far ago, I was kayaking the waters of Tomales Bay, when I came across this Stellar Sea Lion, floating in a dream. I stopped paddling, and began to drift … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #65: Hermit Thrush portrait


Often times when I head out on kayak photography excursions I will put the kayak in the water while it is still dark, or just getting light. This way I can capture not just the changing light of the day … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #52: Marsh hawk hunting the wetlands


This picture is a bit older, it’s from the early days of the Giacomini Wetlands, when they had only just recently breached the levies for the last time, returning the pastureland back to the tidal flats that it had once … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #35: Elephant Seal and Scientists


Wide angle lenses exaggerate the distance between between two objects, while long lenses and telephoto lenses can actually compress the appearance of the physical distances between objects. Notice the size of the elephant seals head, relative to the size of … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #28: Great Blue Heron, boats and mist Part II


When photographing wildlife, the situation is constantly changing. The “wild” in wildlife is not there by accident. These animals and birds are not trained, they act and react according to their own needs and instincts. There is no studio, no … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Photo #26: The Sea Lion Snarls


This is another image, showing the rewards of kayak photography. I must say though, this was one of the few times I have been nervous while kayaking near wildlife. It wasn’t the teeth so much, as the proximity of this … Continue reading

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Camera settings while kayaking


Have you ever thought to yourself “What settings should I use on my camera while I am kayaking?” This is especially important to consider with wildlife kayak photography outings, but wonder no longer, help is on the way, in the … Continue reading

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Does the kayak choose the camera, or the camera the kayak?


It’s an interesting conundrum- should the kayak choose the camera, or the camera the kayak? Some kayaks will be suitable for almost any camera, provided the right conditions, while some cameras will work great in any kayak, but again, provided … Continue reading

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Kayaking with your digital SLR: How to protect it


For general tips on kayak photography, regardless of your camera, visit Simple Tips for Kayaking with your Camera For tips on how to protect your digital SLR, keep reading. There are some of you out there that won’t be satisfied … Continue reading

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