The thing about Sea Kayaking is that, most of it happens, well, at sea. This presents some very particular problems. The second thing about sea kayaking is that most of the time, as the photographer, you are fixed at sea level, in a boat, balancing in the waves. Which also adds to the logistical issues.
The first set of problems (and to an extent the second set as well) is frequently overcome with some form of waterproofing of your equipment. For this I chose two products from Aqua Pac.
- The mini hard lens case to take an S95
- The DSLR hard lens case to take, well, I had hoped to take an Canon 7D
- Any splash / drizzle (inherent given the environment) forms water droplets on the case (lens cover), which, because every available surface is also wet, cannot be removed. Result, blotched-splotched images. 80% of the images suffered from this, despite the utmost care to prevent it.
- The solution, I think is to keep the camera, in the case, in a chest-mounted pouch, away from drips from the paddle and to be mindful of wet fingers when getting it out.
- Alternatively if a dry wipe cloth could be kept dry…?
- Over the space of 24 hours, despite remaining sealed, enough moisture made its way into the case for condensation to form… on the lens facing cover. Result, constant fog.
- Two options here, keep the silica sachet in the case, and risk it being in the way of screen/buttons during operation.
- Keep the case lens side down so the condensation forms on the screen side
- Niether of which, frankly, are ideal.