2 weeks ago
#FrameItFriday (week 35, season 2)
Before I get into this weeks urgent topic I'd like to celebrate this remarkable woman I had the privilege of photographing this past week. (posted with the family's permission) "Baba" is the matriarch of the family whom I had a photo session with.The family gathered to celebrate Baba's sons 70th birthday. Baba is 101 years old and looks so pretty in her beautiful white sari. Don't you think?
I would be so lucky if I made it to that age.....which brings me to the topic of this week's blog.......water safety and photography. You see, quite a few of you commented on the photo my husband took of me in my kayak with my camera perched precariously over the edge of it. I would LOVE to live to a ripe old age and terrorize you all forever so not to worry I am prepared when I go out on the kayak. Here's the scoop, what you didn't see in this shot:
1) I'm posed 15ft max out from the shore and in possibly
10" of water
b)My camera has a tripod mount ring on the lens that I've jammed beneath the lip of the kayak just for this shot and the camera strap is dangling in the seat area and I am sitting on it. Yes, it could still slip out of my hands.
iii) the kit of safety gear that is required by law to be onboard is at my feet inside the kayak
FOUR) my PFD is also at my feet (I look like the Hulk in it, so I didn't wear it in the shot) I also don't wear it when I'm shooting and paddling...it gets in the way....
5) I have a 30L dry bag for my gear that also rests on the bottom of the kayak and is used when we get caught in a storm and or the waters get rough.
What I'm trying to tell you all is that I do paddle safe, don't break the laws just to get shots and would never, ever drink alcohol and paddle (heck I don't even drink and shoot on dry land, that's a no-no). Only Paul paddles up to random stranger's docks and has a lake bevy. I am cautious, hate waves, got my bronze medallion for swimming years ago.
I did flip my kayak a few years back after a foolish idea for a shot came to my mind below the low level bridge over the Grand River in Paris. continued on my blog at heather cardle.com