bespoke East and West Greenland paddles UK paddle canoe custom

August 2015


Llŷn Peninsula, north Wales


Not the world's greatest photos, I'm still learning how to shoot with an FX DSLR in a waterproof bag in a kayak and stay upright. Camera used was a Nikon D800 with AF-S 17-35mm f2.8D.


Things I have learned so far is to shoot at a wide aperture and fast shutter speed:

day one photos were taken at 1/400s f11 and this brought the water drops on the front of the lens into focus a bit too much,

day two 1/500s - 1/2000s f2.8 and underexpose by 2/3 stop to compensate for so much light bouncing off the water. To clear the lens of droplets I would splash water on the lens, then shake it off and this seemed to work fairly well.


Other lessons learned?

• Shoot in RAW format if you can, instead of JPG. This saved some shots because you can rescue an image from a poor exposure more from a RAW file than from a JPG.

• Auto ISO is your friend! This means you can set your aperture and shutter speed to what you want and shoot wildly from the hip and Auto ISO to work out what it wants to do to compensate.

• Shoot wider than you think because at least you can crop in and more importantly, rotate the photos until the horizon is level! My photos were wonky all over the place.

• Make sure the waterproof case / bag / housing / whatever is sealed properly. Double check there isn't any sand on the threads or seals. I didn't pay as much attention as I should. My camera and lens is currently with Nikon Service having £1,100 of repair work done. Bugger.

• I think I will invest in a small waterproof camera for future kayaking trips . . .


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