Over to You

Three photo sto­ries packed with bril­liant shots, plus all your rants and raves

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I first started tak­ing pic­tures at freestyle kayak­ing events. I wanted to cap­ture the ac­tion of the sport in a dy­namic way, and I soon be­came ob­sessed with cap­tur­ing a mo­ment in time.

My in­tro­duc­tion to kayak­ing was thanks to my Dad. He took me to a lake to try wind­surf­ing. In­stead I had a go at kayak­ing and re­ally en­joyed it. The lure was that it was very dif­fer­ent from most sports I had come across. Even­tu­ally I got onto white wa­ter kayak­ing and my new hobby sud­denly got fast, ex­cit­ing and, at times, scary.

I have been lucky enough to ex­plore some in­ter­est­ing coun­tries dur­ing my time kayak­ing, hav­ing trav­elled all over Europe run­ning rivers, wa­ter­falls and surf­ing waves. The des­ti­na­tions for kayak­ing usu­ally of­fer stunning views and fan­tas­tic land­scapes.

Some friends and I spent the sum­mer of 2009 in Nor­way living out of the back of a van and wild camp­ing where we could. The scenery and ad­ven­tures we had dur­ing that trip were one of a kind and I had no way of cap­tur­ing it. Luck­ily we met other kayak­ers on that trip who in­tro­duced me to their D-SLRs. I couldn’t be­lieve how awe­some th­ese cam­eras looked and the qual­ity of the images

that they could cap­ture. As soon as I got home that Christ­mas I had to get one. I had no idea at the time how ad­dic­tive and how much of a learn­ing curve this would be.

I speak to many pho­tog­ra­phers who visit the white wa­ter course in Not­ting­ham and they can’t be­lieve how dif­fi­cult it can be to get great shots. I have al­ways said if you want to know how to im­prove, you need to un­der­stand what you’re shoot­ing. It helps know­ing the sport in­side out, and my ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the set-up to each of the moves means I can be one step ahead. I al­ways keep my shut­ter speed above 1/500 sec un­less I’m us­ing flash, and I ac­tively look for new an­gles to cap­ture the moves. I have also learnt a lot about ex­po­sure, and how to ad­just it quickly us­ing ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, as white wa­ter can be a tricky sub­ject to me­ter.

I rec­om­mend any­one, whether am­a­teur or pro­fes­sional, to visit and have a go at cap­tur­ing this dy­namic sport. It’s fast, ex­tremely re­ward­ing and can give you some stunning images. Oh, and I’ve only fallen in once with my cam­era!

01 Jam es Weight in mot ion Nikon D7000, Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR, 1/4 sec, f/22, ISO100

02 Hugh Luna r, DEE P in THE HOLE Nikon D7000, Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR, 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO200

03 Jam es Weight perfo rm­ing a loop Nikon D3000, Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400

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