Friday, February 12, 2010

Take Another Bow
A ways back, I posted about having the bow of one's kayak appearing in pictures. At the time, I thought it was an over done cliche' and challenged folks to think of ways of getting good images without the bow of their boat appearing in the photo.

Recently, Stan McKenzie had an interesting post on the same subject. Unlike myself, he took the approach that the presence of the bow gave a sense of self and a chance to show off one's boat. After all, he pointed out, we are generally proud of our crafts and have a close bond with them. His articles (and his always excellent photos) got me to rethinking this entire idea. That's when I pulled this image back up (taken earlier this year).

I realize that I had intuitively stressed the presence of the bow of my kayak in order to give perspective to the image. The proportionally large presence in the fore ground helps make Sherri and her boat look smaller and, hence, the water bigger. It almost succeeds, although I am not 100% thrilled with the result. I am, however, grateful to Stan for stimulating my thoughts.

Paddle safe...


Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Wicked shot Silbs as are all your images.I sure do like the boat color. One thing that I might add with regards to bow shots is that most publishers frown on them unless they really add something to the image as this one most certainly does.

Kind Regards, oh yes I ordered my paddle. The one recommended. Thanks for some advice. Stan

RoyM said...

This is just such a picture to tells me many things when I view it (and many memories)

The bottle on the deck is Orca, a energy drink sold only in Iceland.

The kayak is a Nordkapp that was lent to me by a very generous Icelander and the Puffins are everywhere, This was the light out as we were paddling around midnight just after the soltice last June

not sure it tells anyone else all that, but it's about memories too

Best Wishes

Silbs said...

Thanks, guys. Congratulations, Roy. I gather you took the picture during the trip to your daughter's wedding in Iceland.

Brian Newhook said...

I'm a fan of the bow shot...lets people know what you are doing and gives perspective. But I think they are not necessary if your photograph has another kayak already in it.

BTW, great blog Silbs!


Silbs said...

Thanks, Brian.