At 4:38 today I got a text from my buddy Travis: ‘Heading down to the Kan if you’re in the area shooting.’
These were magic words to me; I had been trying to decide what to do with my evening (I’m trying to avoid having time to catch up on laundry 😉 ) so this was the perfect distraction.
I headed up to Canoe Meadows, knowing that Travis and the friends he was paddling with, Emily and Jodi, would be putting in upstream at the Widow Maker and making their way down the Kananaskis River towards Canoe Meadows. I grabbed my camera gear and hiked up the side of the river, nestling in among some boulders on the riverside to wait.
I didn’t have to wait too long before I saw the colourful canoes coming around the riverbend.
Canoes? I can hear you saying ‘But Chelsea, those look a lot like kayaks.’ and you would be right. These are known as C1’s. If you havent seen one before, they look an awful lot like a kayak, but the paddler kneels in a saddle inside and uses a single bladed paddle, making these very much canoes.
I had a lot of fun shooting the three friends on the Kananaskis River, these are some of my favourite photos from this evening:
I was losing light quickly while shooting. Shooting fast moving subjects when you want super sharp photos can be incredbly challenging. I shot most of this in manual, continually adjusting my ISO to the dying light, and keeping the shutter speed fast enough to freeze frame images.