kayaking and photography

MJoliatMJoliat Big grinsPosts: 34Registered Users Big grins

Hi, I'm considering getting a kayak and would like to pick the brains of all you photographers that do photography from a kayak. First, I'm in Ohio and would be mostly doing it in rivers, ponds and small lakes. I have experience in canoes, but not kayaks. I've just started looking at kayaks, and I think the sit on top kind look like they would be pretty stable. I don't really know for sure. I would be by myself so I would need to be able to get them on and off my truck (Colorado) by myself, but I'm in relatively good shape. I was just wondering what popular opinion is, and what brand and size would be preferable. Any features you suggest to get?

Thanks for any insight and help!


  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,497Registered Users Major grins

    Its good idea as you get to areas that you otherwise wouldn't. Yes, the ones where you sit on top and have legs and arms free are ideal. You don't want one where your legs are all locked up and hard to turn around. You could then flip over. Wide ones where you sit on top with legs and arms free are best, as mentioned.

    Which brand.....don't know....I just rent them......


  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 822Registered Users Major grins

    What Taz said...get a sit on top, not a cockpit style. You'll be so glad you did. Also, keep your gear in a waterproof box, only pulling it out for shooting, then back into the box. I recommend Pelican brand, second to that is OtterBox.

    Next thing is this: Water Safety is absolutely paramount. You might think it's just flat water kayaking, no big deal. But trust me, things can go nuts in a very short time, and usually in the moments when one least expects it. Coast Guard rules apply to all waters on the mainland, so be sure to have a PFD, whistle (not a gym style, you need one designed for water), and a light source. I always used weatherproof headlamps, and always carried two (like camera gear, one is none, two is one).

    A fishing kayak is usually the best solution. They're designed to be quite stable, you can often stand up on them, and there's a lot to be said for an anchor system, preferably with a trolley, so you can control direction of drift.

  • MJoliatMJoliat Big grins Posts: 34Registered Users Big grins

    Thanks for the comments from both of you! I definitely plan on a PFD, but I like the suggestion of an anchor and lights as well.

  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 822Registered Users Major grins

    One more thing that will not only save your life, but save you from becoming frustrated enough to invent new cuss words....get a paddle leash. lol

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