$2499 per person.
Details for the 2016 Workshop are being finalized. Check back for more details!
Contact Freya Fennwood at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! ONLY 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE. WE EXPECT TO FILL UP QUICKLY!
Come join photographers Freya Fennwood and Josh Cripps in one of the world’s premier paddling destinations. Explore unique island landscapes by sea kayak for 5 days, and hone your adventure and landscape photography skills. Moondance Kayak Adventures will outfit the journey, including catered food and guiding by head guide Kristi Kucera. Pygmy Boats will be providing a few of their beautiful wooden kayaks to grace our images and Adventure Kayak Magazine will be publishing the best images from the trip on their blog with a chance to be published in the print magazine!
August 23- (weather dependent) Explore Matia Island in morning and photograph sunrise. Afternoon paddle to Point Doughty.
August 24– (weather dependent) Explore and photograph Point Doughty. Catch ferry in afternoon and return to Anacortes.
Paddling and Physical requirements:
No previous paddling experience is necessary. Paddlers from novice to experienced are welcome and there will be something for everyone, but you will need to be in good physical shape and be able to sit in a boat for long periods of time.
If you are under 100 lbs or over 250lbs we need to know to make sure we have equipment that fits properly.
If you want to bring your own paddling gear it must be approved by guide Kristi Kucera.
Must be able to lift weight up to 40 lbs.
Must be a good swimmer.
Must be over 18.
Our group will be capped at a ratio of 8 participants to 2 teachers so you will get great one-on-one time to get all your photography questions answered.
We will be covering topics specific to capturing sea kayak photography in addition to broader photography rules:
- • How to keep your gear dry. Dry bags, underwater housings, dry cases, dry suits.
- • Packing light for adventure photography.
- • Shooting action with a kayak-rolling demo by Freya Fennwood.
- • Shooting on the water.
- • Gaining a unique perspective.
- • Capturing the decisive moment.
- • Capturing people – tricks for great adventure portraits.
- • Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – their relationship and when best to change one over the other.
- • Metering and getting a correct exposure.
- • Histograms: how to read them, and how to fine-tune exposure.
- • Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control.
- • White balance, when to change when to leave alone.
- • Composing to control your viewer’s attention in your photos.
- • Composition: Balance, Tension, and Visual Flow.
- • How to use filters to capture dramatic light or create long-exposure effects.
- • Low-light and night photography.
- • How to capture stars.
- • Light-painting experiments.
- • Shoot planning and how to be at the right place at the right time.
You will need:
- Seaworthy fiberglass tandem sea kayaks.
- A few Pygmy kayaks.
- All related kayaking gear – PFD, paddle, spray skirt, safety equipment.
- 10-liter dry bags for day use and 20-litre for packing personal gear
- Additional dry bags for packing personal gear may be available. Ask Kristi Kucera.
What you will need:
Traveling by sea kayak does reduce what you can take. Everyone will be in sturdy double kayaks but we will need to be packing lightly.
Camera gear: (I will make a video that describes packing camera gear for Sea Kayak expedition photography that you will receive a month before the trip for participants)
Digital SLR camera
- • Lenses: ultra-wide, mid range, and telephoto lenses are recommended. My standard kit is 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 80-200mm. Anything above a 200mm will be too bulky to bring in a kayak.
- • Padded lens cases. We will not have space in kayaks for padded camera backpacks, so individual padded lens cases are necessary. I recommend the Click Elite Lens Holster – or equivalent product by other companies.
- •Padded camera bag. Not too bulky. I recommended something like the Click Pro Body Chest Carrier or the LowePro Top Loader
- • A sturdy small tripod (may need to share depending on space in boats)
- • 2-3 dry bags to pack cameras and lenses in and keep dry from elements. One per camera and 1 for up to 3 lenses in padded bags. Recommend something like the NRS HydroLock Dry Bag. Size large for camera bags in boat and lenses at feet. 3 total.
- • Dry suit if you have one because they’re fun to use while taking photos, but not necessary.
Camping gear: A complete camping gear list will be provided later, but here are some of the essentials.
- • Tent (some are available, please check in with us about availability)
- • Sleeping bag, 20 degree or warmer, and synthetic is best.
- • Sleeping pad, something light and packable like a Therm-a-Rest. Preferably a Neo Air type.
- • Footwear with good traction (waterproof or rubber boots recommended) and warm socks (very important!)
- • Headlamp.
- • Warm clothes in layers, NO COTTON, gloves, a warm hat, and a rain jacket
- • A wide-brim hat and sunscreen
- • A one-liter, water bottle.
- • 2 dry bags, 1 for clothing and 1 for sleeping bag.
- • Creativity and a positive attitude
About the Teachers:
Freya Fennwood has been making a name for herself as a commercial and editorial Adventure and Lifestyle photographer with much of her work appearing in the water sports industry, including grabbing the August cover of Adventure Kayak Magazine in 2014 and a feature article about paddling in New Zealand. She has written articles about photographing water sports for Adventure Kayak Magazine, Speak Adventure Sports Magazine, and Pygmy Boats. As the daughter of kayak designer John Lockwood, Freya grew up in the cockpit of a sea kayak and she has over 20 years of paddling experience. Freya was named one of skiing’s top photographers by the 2014 Backcountry Magazine photo annual. Her images have appeared in publications like Men’s Journal, Backcountry Magazine, The Ski Journal, The Fly fish Journal, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Free Hub, PBS, NationalGegoraphic.com, Outside Online, Skiing.net, Speak Adventure Sports Magazine, and Sea Kayaker Magazine.
Freya pays the bills by being paid to play outside with great people in the world’s most stunning locations while creating commercial imagery for clients like Title Nine, Cascade Designs, Outdoor Research, First Ascent/Eddie Bauer, Therm-a-Rest, Pack Towel, Nuu-Muu, NRS, Pygmy Boats, and Sawyer Paddles, to name a few.
Josh Cripps is a California-based professional landscape photographer. An official Nikon photographer, Josh just shot the signature image for the new Nikon D750 campaign seen around the world. In addition, his work has been featured in magazines like Outdoor Photographer and Popular Photography, and hangs on walls across the United States. Josh has been teaching photography for over four years and loves helping photographers have those “aha!” moments that take their photos to the next level. With his company, Sea to Summit Workshops, Josh leads photography on-location nature photography workshops in some of the most beautiful places on the planet, like New Zealand and Yosemite. He is extremely excited about his latest project, Professional Photography Tips, a YouTube channel where over 50,000 photographers a month come to improve their skills. When not busy traveling or teaching Josh can be found hiking the hills of California, seeking great light. Click here to see his work!
For kayak info contact Kristi Kucera 360-738-7664 or email email@example.com
For photography workshop questions contact Freya Fennwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Signup dates and cancellation:
Signup must be done by April 15. If we have fewer than 6 people signed up by April 15th the workshop will not go forward and your money will be refunded in full. We expect the workshop to fill quickly and will have a waiting list available.
Deposit of $1200 is due upon signup.
Final payment due July 15th.