“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.



7 thoughts on ““Kayaking the Sinks”

  1. ankush

    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.

  2. BoydGreeneArt

    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!

  3. Bernie Kasper Post author

    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.

  4. JH

    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 !



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