I was going through some older photos and seeing what I had missed. Going back and reviewing images from months or years ago is a great way to not only refresh memories, but you can see images that didn’t strike you at the time because you had preconceived ideas about the image you were expecting.
Yeah, this is the wrong time of year for this image… but it just crossed my screen and I thought I would share it. Ellis Cove is a small inlet off of Budd Inlet on the south end of Puget Sound near Olympia.
I keep a kayak at the marina directly across from the cove and spent a lot of time paddling around the inlet. The combination of autumn colors, high tide and a lack of wind was unusual, but just what this needed. I carry a Nikon AW120 in the pocket of my PFD. I wish it shot in RAW, but I’m happy that it’s waterproof.
I keep a kayak down at one of the local marinas so that it is convenient for me to put it in the water. No loading/unloading from my vehicle. No taking the kayak rack on and off. Having it be convenient makes it easy to get motivated to go paddle even if the weather is less than ideal.
I was out paddling in Budd Bay in January 2017 when I noticed a group of seal pups following the kayak. A friend told me the secret of how to get their photo … since when you turn the boat, they follow behind. You paddle backwards, they move around “behind” the boat and you can get their photo. There were 7 of them, but this was the best photo I got … they kept diving and swimming in and out of the frame.
I carry a Nikon point and shoot in my life jacket pocket. It is an AW120 and is waterproof … or at least water resistant. This is my second one. I dropped one in the bay when I was removing a sweater.
I wish it captured in RAW, but it’s small and handle to have with me. This is one time that I was real glad I had it.
Camera: Nikon AW120
Lens: Built in set at 12mm
ISO 125 1/320th sec f/4.5