I had the idea this summer to capture kayaking in a different way than most usually do. Through a couple different experiments I was messing with lighting inside the boat as well as shutter speed. It was apparent we had to capture this idea right at the last second of daylight. Time after time Mychal lapped the rapid Staircase for this shot. Not entirely what was I was looking for but I am extremely intrigued with this type of mixture of exposures. Behind Mychal you can notice the blurry water of the slow shutter speed. That fire like lighting in the bottom right is his boat after he boofed the ‘Flipping Hole’ rock.
Kurt Kostyu entering the large flat water section that separates the Upper North Fork from the 15 miles of class 5 Lower North Fork. While the sunsets Kurt paddles into the rapid Howard’s Plunge. Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
Connor Herdt flying off what is considered one of the biggest boofs along the North Fork of the Payette. We spent a half day at this particular spot in the rapid S-Turn. Lap after lap Connor was trying to correct and perfect his boof stroke and then once the light came out he owned it. There was a nice slit of light that hit him and his boat which makes him pop. This boof is around 5 feet high, some have even mentioned how when they land they feel like they hit the rocks below the surface.
I have learned a lot from shooting in the canyon of Highway 55. One in particular is that the weather can change out of nowhere due to the lack of visual awareness. There have been so many times that the best cloud formations and colors have happened right after a mid-evening storm. It’s tough to get out of the canyon in time but I have gone to this spot mid-way up the canyon several times and it hasn’t disappointed me. I encourage the exploration of the spots you have been familiar with, there is always something you’re missing. Bubblegum sunset over Banks, Idaho.