I was just starting to wind down the other day when my friend Patrick called with a photo idea. Patrick is a incredible kayaker, and lucky for me he knows what works in photographing kayakers…and he comes up with some wild shooting ideas.
Patrick wondered how it would look paddling at dusk or even in the dark with a headlamp on. Not just any rapid, but a technical Class 4-5 section of the Cache La Poudre River. Most folks get gripped paddling this in the daylight, let alone at dark. I jumped in my car and headed up the canyon.
This was a one shot event. By the time it was dark enough for my 13 second exposure, I wasn’t sure how Patrick was even going see the river. Luckily Patrick has paddled this section numerous times, and had no time running the rapid. Nikon D3, 45mm tilt-shift, ISO 100, 13 second exposure at F32.
I just returned from teaching a workshop in Ouray, and shot some abstract shots of the color. Eric Meola came along to produce some new work. Eric has had an incredible photography career, and is a great guy. He had the entire group shaking their camera before the trip was over! Nikon D3, 85mm, 1/13th at F16, ISO 100.