And now for something completely different

I am in the midst of preparing a post about other birds I have seen earlier this summer.  Images have already been edited and prepped and I am preparing the accompanying text which takes the longest amount of time.  Yesterday was miserable with rain and mist all day so when we saw the sun shining this morning we knew we had to do something outside.  As if on cue, long-time friends called and asked if we wanted to join them on a drive to the Minden Wild Water Preserve for some nice scenery and of course, sports action photography.  Always trying something new is a good thing and I have never tried sports photography so I was excited to try.  The Minden Wild Water Preserve is a natural canoeing and kayaking slalom facility situated on the Gull River and will be used for the 2015 Pan American Games canoe slalom events.  The whitewater races at the 2015 games will also serve as the Olympic trials for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro so this venue has some significance in the canoe and kayak sports world.  It was plenty of fun trying to capture the action and emotion of the kayakers and canoeists as they hurtled down the rapids and navigated between the hanging gates.  It was also a great first-time experience with this type of photography.  I think I was successful in getting some decent shots so instead of waiting for a few weeks I thought they should be posted while they are fresh!

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There was also an insect hatch over the river and the Cedar Waxings were diving back and forth catching them on the fly.  The bird photographer in me needed a Cedar Waxwing shot before we left, sorry I couldn’t resist!


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  1. Scott Martin September 9, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Terrific job on your first foray into sports photography Arni. Whitewater 1 is my favourite of the series but I sure got a good chuckle with the guy sporting the captains hat 🙂

    • Arni September 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks Scott, it was a pretty neat experience. That particular event was the Open Canoe slalom and there was an award for the best costume displayed during one of race runs. I would have given that guy the award since he was wearing a dress to go with that captains hat 🙂