What do you do on a perfect 70 degree spring day? One suggestion is grab your kayak call the family and paddle down the Nissequogue River on Long Island, and don't forget to bring a camera. This past Saturday happened to be one of those perfect spring days, one you wished everyday could be like. So, I grabbed my Kayak, my camera with a Tamron 18-270mm VC lens and my sister with her family and off we went. We spent the next 3 1/2 hours paddling, laughing, spotting wildlife and being attacked by the wildlife, I'll explain more later.
In this first image of my sister and niece I wanted a little more of a dramatic image from low and close to the water. I took my camera and put my 18-270mm lens at 18mm and put it as close to the water as possible as the other kayak got closer. It helped give a little different point of view creating a more dramatic image. Just remember to wrap the neck strap around your wrist so you don't accidently drop your camera into the water.
Since Kayaks don't usually contain much storage, you'll want to bring as little with you as possible, in this case 1 camera and 1 camera lens. The Tamron 18-270mm lens turned out to be all I needed for wide angle to telephoto images! My niece was a constant source of funny faces and non stop action. In this next shot I wanted to zoom in close and and capture one of her many faces.
I usually like to shoot from behind my subjects when I am in the field hiking or something of that sort. It simply adds to the story of the day, giving an idea of where we are going or what we may be getting ourselves into.
Lastly, DON't MESS WITH THE SWAN!!!! Actually this shot was just a matter of timing. It looks as if the swan is going after my sister, it isn't. I happened to be at the right angle and my sister's strange reaction to something else, helped me create one of the funnier images of the day.