Photography on the Water

Great Blue Heron , Lake Junaluska, NC USA, Watermark, Nikon d300, 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, f/3.2. 1/3200 sec.,, ISO 200, matrix metering, EV .07
Great Blue Heron, Lake Junaluska, NC USA, Watermark, Nikon d300, 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, f/3.2. 1/3200 sec.,, ISO 200, matrix metering, EV .07

We’re about to enter what some say is the third oldest river in the world – formed at a time when this area was a rain forest, formed before the Americas were formed, even before the Appalachian Mountains rose up – a billion years ago. The French Broad River is so old that there are practically no fossils. We’re in North Carolina, near Rosman – the headwaters of the French Broad.

On April 12, this year 2014, we’ll host a morning of photography on this amazing water, along with Headwaters Outfitters located in Rosman, NC. For details click here –  Photography on the Water brochure

The Great Blue Heron above wasn’t photographed on the French Broad River. However it was photographed in North Carolina, on Lake Junaluska, near Wayensville, NC. But this is one species we may expect to see on the French Broad River. You’ll also notice a “Watermark,” which we will discuss shortly, as a means of ID for your photography.

In April, early green foliage promises a soft palate for our photography. If we’re lucky, we’ll have early morning mist. The rough terrain in the area was once plied by Cherokees. They called this wild river Tah-kee-os-tee or “racing waters.” We’re hopping it won’t be too fast and for enough light to get good exposure for the early wildflowers were after.

Our river guide will be from the Headwaters Outfitters. This promises to be a rich event. We’ll be looking for Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Great Heron. My water craft of choice will be a kayak but canoes will also be available. Shortly we’ll be discussing how to protect our camera gear from the water. I’ll be using new item that rests on top of the kayak just in front of the cockpit. A towel will be nearby to dry the hands. The camera slides inside the cone shaped housing that repels water. A quick slide of the zipper to retrieve the camera, and hopefully the subjects can be caught quickly enough as the kayak drifts along. For that we’ll need a fast shutter speed or higher ISO setting. It’s always about trade-off…

Next we’ll discuss Keeping the Water Out or our equipment – often a detriment for photographers who would like to be on the water with their best equipment but are concerned about it’s security.

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