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Monday, March 03, 2008

"-ve "G"


On Conception Bay in Feb. of this year. As the weather starts to warm there will be more opportunities to hit the waters of NFLD. Hopefully the fair weather kayaking gods will cooperate. When I look at this picture it's like I'm about to do a -ve "G" or something.....wishful thinking..or not.....on the same note I am not even sure what a -ve G would be in the kayak world. The things called g's are just a way to quantify force. The standard pull of gravity is called '1 g.' It is defined as positive g, since it pulls down towards your feet. If you stand on your head, you are experiencing 1 'negative' g, and all the blood rushes to your head.
If you are upside down in a kayak after a capsize are you executing a -ve "G" or are you just upside down in a kayak? And is the roll a fighter pilot type response to correcting for a -ve "G". Does this matter in kayaking? Being upside down does. But I saw Derek in the pool on Saturday night paddling his kayak upside down, so the -ve "G" didn't seem to bother him. I just wish I had my camera handy. All in fun.

6 comments:

Kim said...

Hey Stan, these pictures are fantastic! I'm jealous, you get to take these from such a unique perspective - I need to borrow a kayak. Hummmm...Maybe I should learn how to swim first.

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Thanks Kim. Kayaking does give you a different perspective you might find more freedom to view that perspective as well. Give it a shot. The NL kayaking club has access to tons of info http://www.kayakers.nf.ca/ great bunch of lads and laddies as well. There that's my plug, I'm on the board, I feel obligated! I've played alot of sports and kayaking is by far the most rewarding. I can only imagine the pictures you'd be taking....I'd definitely be the envious one....ok maybe don't try it. Ha.

Kim said...

Might be fun seeing you turn green, kidding!
I'll definitely check out that link, biased or not I'm sure I could find no better an indivdual for advise and expertise on the matter. How do you find salt water on your camera gear? What do you shoot with?
(please excuse me if you've addressed these questions before)

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Green might make for a good shot though! All in the quest for the shot. I'm probably pretty low in the pecking order of expertise but I am dedicated.
The camera I use Kim is just a Sony DSC-S85 and it has many trip tales to tell. At just four Mega pixs sometimes the images ain't half bad. Now I am actually in the process of researching for a new one and I will be moving up the camera food chain so to speak. Want to take some courses and improve much more, as you can see I have lots of room to grow. Last course I took many moons ago, I drastically need updating also would like to have something on the side maybe. Any camera recommendations? Sorry you absolutely don't have to answer that.
Salt pretty much sucks on anything other than food. I've been lucky and don't even use a waterproof case when I am out. Pushing it. But there are cases as you know that you can buy to shield from water and make camera virtually watertight. Some club members have them and take wicked pictures. My new camera willhave a waterproof case to fit it or else I'll just get a waterproof camera for on water or during paddling shots. Some kayakers have mounts on the front of their boats and others tape the camera to the paddle shaft. There are some wicked shots if ya check some of my blog links. Not that you have time but lots of talent out there. Haven't seen anyone as good as you yet though.

Stan

Kim said...

Well, I certainly don't mind making a recommendation Stan. I use a canon 40D but feel that would be a little more then what you may need. I would suggest going with something like a Digital Rebel/Rebel XT and a lens upgrade, I say this because of the harsh conditions you will be shooting in and anything more expensive then that would be a waste. If I'm outside shooting in the rain I usually just cover my camera body with a clear plastic sandwich bag...LOL...

I can say with great confidence that nothing is better then practice when it comes to photography, I've never taken a class and have learned almost everything through trial and error, it seems to be an ever evolving process. I have just as much room to grow as anyone else but I do appreciate the kind words. *blushing*

Thanks for opening up to me a new way to explore the medium I truly love.

Kimberly

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

You are certainly more than welcome and thanks for the camera recommendation I will certainly check that out. Hope to see ya on the water one day!!

Stan