Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Sea Kayaking Isle of Man - More "Gnarly" Photos!

A few more photographs from last weekend spent in the Isle of Man tidal races. Taking these pictures is not easy. Fortunately this particular tidal race is quite narrow and the photographer can shelter in side eddys. It's impossible to handle a camera in the flow of the race. Even so, on several occasions I was sucked in and left with the little Olympus compact camera flailing on its cord around my neck as I battled to stay upright.
The photographs were taken from some distance. There's no point using the digital zoom incorporated on the camera. Instead each picture is heavily cropped, some to about a tenth of their original size squeezing every possible useful pixel out of each image. They are then tuned, and pixels actually subtracted to sharpen these highly magnified images. They end up with the slightly surreal, painted texture you can see above.
Acknowledgement to my fellow photographer Jessica who snapped the shots of me.

1 comment:

Douglas Wilcox said...

Thanks for the explanation John, I wondered how you had managed to get photos "in" the race. On Monday we were in the Mull of Galloway race for 2km before there was a decent place to break out.... that's why there was a lack of photos.

Douglas :o)