Words and Images from Ed Felker

Wet Dogs, the New Olympus and Kayaking at Dawn


Regular Readers here will recall my saga with Pentax and their Optio WG-2 “waterproof camera.” After two failed cameras I went back to the Olympus brand from which I regret straying. My beautiful new TG-1 arrived late last week, just in time for a big Saturday on the water.

A friend and I chose a nice spot about four miles upstream from our place to put the kayaks in, and we chose first light because the river is never more beautiful or less populated than it is at dawn. But the spot requires a portage of kayaks and gear over four sets of railroad tracks, a couple of narrow, windy paths and a stretch of the C&O Canal Towpath.

But the sore shoulders and face full of spider webs (Note to self: Do not volunteer to be the first one down the path next time) are quickly forgotten as the sound of the rushing river nears and the spot is just as we had remembered, just as we had hoped.

Dawn came, not with a red skied bang, but rather with a breezy, blue whimper. Cooler than I expected but the breeze brought a promise of a warm day ahead.

In an hour the breeze and water had calmed and we settled into a steady downstream mosey. The smallmouth were biting but not enthusiastically and only little ones.

This bridge between Lovettsville, VA and Brunswick, MD marks the one mile point to home. I love the rippled reflections here.

It was still pretty early in the day when we got off the water and I hadn’t given the new Olympus much of a waterproof workout. So once the kayak was put away I brought Team Orange down to cool off. This is Finn, who I think would stand in this river all day in the summer.

Underwater pictures are fun, but you really don’t know what you have while you’re taking them. My method: Stick the camera underwater, snap away, then get them on to the computer later and throw out 99% of them.

I love the abstract, colorful images you can get by shooting up at a subject (Winnie, in this case) with the lens just barely submerged.

Water plays crazy tricks with light!

Finn doing his thing.

I hope you enjoyed these images from a fun day. I appreciate you all taking time to let me share it with you.

7 Responses

  1. That looks like a hell of a fun day, Ed. Thanks for taking the time to share it! Beautiful pictures as always.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • Thanks Daniel! Yeah it was fun, but I’m paying for it today trying to cram two days of work, mowing and other chores into one day!

      June 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

  2. Cool pics! I really love the one showing the bridge reflections in the water ripples. Immediately was trying to figure out how I’d paint that one!

    June 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  3. Lynda Smet

    Great photos! I agree with Carole… the bridge reflections in the water ripples were amazing! Be honest now, did you see that before shooting the photo or did it appear when downloaded to the computer? Love the water shots as well! If I recall my physics well enough, I think that the light is refracted differently than in air and that will produce the different colors through your digital lens!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    • Haha! Busted! I did not see the cool reflections in real time, only when I got the images to the computer. But that’s part of the magic of photography! And part of the advantages of digital. You can take a LOT more photos, and interesting stuff is bound to happen in some of them!

      June 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  4. Beautiful photos! I especially love the underwater ones. They really are unusual! Good choice in camera. May it live long! Debra

    June 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

  5. Reblogged this on Joni Lewis Diary.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:13 am

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