Ever since I began dipping my toes into the wildlife photography waters, I’ve been using a kayak to gain a more unique perspective on some of my chosen subjects, often grizzly bears. Whenever I post a photo of my kayak setup, I receive many questions about the equipment that I’m using so I figured it needed it’s own section in my Gear Guide.
What you see detailed below, is all of the gear I currently use for water-based photo missions. I should point out that the Wilderness Systems kayak is currently the only one that I own, but I have also rented or borrowed several other kinds of kayaks to suit other situations. The Commander 120 kayak is not suitable for anything other than calm water, so oceans and rivers require a different solution.
Again, you can read a bit more about al the things I use this head for in the tripod section of the gear guide, but this is also a crucial piece of the puzzle for me. A gimbal allows me to quickly reposition the camera with minimal effort, and unlike a ballhead, I don’t need to worry about keeping a hand on the ballhead locking knob to constantly lock and release it. When you’re trying to steady a long lens on a moving platform, the last thing you want is to have to do it with only one hand on the camera. There are many gimbals on the market, but I like the RRS one because it comes apart for easy packing, and also doubles up as a multi-row panoramic head. If I have to do a variety of types of photography on a trip, I can pack this one head and get it all done.
A few years ago I made a little video about it:
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