Madison Indiana Photography

“Kayaking the Sinks”

Shot a group of kayakers as they rode the rapids on the Little River in the Great Smokey Mountains, they were riding over a rapid known as the sinks, a spot on the river that sinks over a 15 ft. rock ledge. They were having a great time and were making great subjects for me to get some action shots, which I usually don’t get the chance to do very often, it’s nice to be able to shoot things a little different every now and then.



July 6, 2007 - Posted by | blogging, creek, DSLR, flora, flowers, garden, hiking, images, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, photoblog, photography, photos, pictures, random, travel, waterfalls


  1. Very nice action shot, really captures the motion. Did you use a telephoto lens for this? Was it hand held? I love how you have more space under the kayak indicative of the 15 ft fall. I wonder if it might make a difference to have slightly more headroom to the left of the kayak as well, in the direction of motion.

    Comment by ankush | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. That’s a really nice shot! I like the bright colors. Very nice!

    Comment by montucky | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yea, I like to explore different subjects myself for learning. The red really stands out and the texture of the water is interesting. I wonder what it would look like in B&W? Good shot and experiment!

    Comment by BoydGreeneArt | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. I shot this with a 85 mm 1.8 lens Ankush, it was hand held the ss was around 1/800, I had a great view and angle to shoot from. I was sitting on a rock overlooking the river as the kayakers shot over the rapid, not more than 20 yards away. So I really didn’t need to pull out my 200 telephoto lens. I shot over a hundred images that day and I think I have some with differing angles and headroom that I may try to post later. Thanks for taking a look.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. A bit different. I like it, go stop action there.

    Comment by Descartes | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. A great capture of very fast action kayaking action !

    Excellent use of the shutter speed and it’s amazing and how near you are to the thick of action ! Read from the other comments up there that you are using an 85mm (don’t need a telephoto!) and shutter speed is 800 !

    If using a telephoto lense, you would probably be capturing the kayaker face and expression instead !


    Comment by JH | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Nice captured Bern, Thanks for share it.

    Comment by Susanno | July 24, 2008 | Reply

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