Two kayaks

Look closely: There’s more to this image than the frothy, rushing waters of the Columbia River Gorge and velvety green of the forest. Two bright kayaks are on the river, dwarfed by the surroundings. “This shot took a lot of planning and coordination,” Your Shot photographer Karim Iliya writes. The kayakers “had to hang out in an eddy and try not to move while I took long exposures with a drone. It needed to be at twilight so the light was balanced, which meant we only had one attempt.”
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Over the edge

“I swear my index finger was sweating from nerves,” says photographer Krystle Wright of this photograph, which she took using a drone with two flashes connected to it, of kayaker Rush Sturges as he dropped off Spirit Falls in White Salmon, Washington. “But when Rush came over the falls and rolled the kayak, I knew as soon as I pressed the shutter that I had nailed an awesome shot and something that was different [from] anything that I’ve tried in the past.”

The shoot at Spirit Falls was intended to be a test run before trying the same setup later at Hamma Hamma Falls, but this “pure experiment” was all Wright needed. “Turns out, I [got] the shot on the first evening. Perhaps having the mind-set of no pressure allowed me to be more relaxed and allow the shot to happen,” she says.
Even in her mellow state of mind, Wright was all business. “I had challenged myself to nail each run in one shot so that I could keep the ISO down as much as possible. It’s an interesting challenge to take away the high frame rate and really choose my moment, rather than spraying shots and hoping for the best.
“As a photographer and artist, I want and need to be challenged so that I can continue to evolve and try new things even if it means trying something new and failing,” she adds. “Thankfully, this time around, I was able to come out with a successful photo.”
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Under the stars

“So much of this shot came down to trust and luck,” says photographer Will Strathmann about this image, which he took of himself and a friend kayaking under the night sky on New Hampshire’s Squam Lake.
“I had to trust that my time-lapse was running and that the positioning of our kayaks was right. And I was lucky that the lake was calm enough for floating smoothly without movement and that the passing clouds didn’t obscure the stars,” he says.
To get the image, Strathmann set his camera on a tripod on the dock and used an intervalometer—a device that operates the camera’s shutter at set intervals—to take 13-second exposures every 14 seconds. He and his friend then paddled out on the lake to view the night sky. “The biggest challenge was remaining still enough so that motion blur didn’t ruin the image,” Strathmann notes. “It helps in these situations to have patient friends who support your passion and are willing to be your subjects.”
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