As many of you know I have a bit of a kayaking habit. It is right up there with my love for photography. I love the places it takes me, the feel of water moving under me (sometimes on top of me) and the great people I have met along the way.
The other night I was at the Glenwood Springs Wave as the Colorado River hit it’s peak height of the spring runoff. It is an event not to be missed as the river turns from a familiar friend into an awakened giant that is ready to dish it out to anything in it’s path. This can be scary and very exciting all at the same time.
The Glenwood wave is a man made wave built with huge cement blocks that were anchored into the river bed to create this super wave that draws kayakers and surfers from all over the globe when it is at high water and the wave is at is largest.
I’d just finished surfing the wave myself and noticed Trevor Clark a highly talented kayak and outdoor sports photographer photographing from the other bank across the river. He was photographing the reigning world cup champion freestyle kayaker Nick Troutman and a few others as it was getting dark. He was using a powerful flash to light up the wave at the peak of action as Nick threw big tricks off the face of the wave.
Watching this inspired me to go get my camera from the truck and see what I could do using his flash (which I had no control of) and the natural ambient light. I’d start a long 15 second exposure hoping that his flash would go off during this time. Many times it didn’t but a few times it did. I thought this image turned out rather interesting blending the two light types together to create a different look. It is always fun to get the opportunity to combine my passions and create art in the process. Enjoy!