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Taking photos from a kayak in the ocean (i.e. saltwater) borders on impossible with a non-waterproof camera. I have tried a few things over the years, but have never really been satisfied. Using an underwater housing isn’t ideal as the lens is covered with a salt film all the time which is extremely hard to remove. GoPro is OK, but not really what I need.
This year I tried using my little Ricoh GR with the Ricoh GW-3 Wide Adapter (21mm). Again, not ideal as I had to keep it in a dry bag under my kayak skirt, but I still managed to get a few keepers.
I also used a Singh-Ray Color Combo which makes nice BW conversions but slows my ISO down considerably.
Here are a few samples. Not sure what I will do next year….

Ricoh GW-3 Sample

Ricoh GW-3 Wide Adapter 

Ricoh GW-3 Sample

Ricoh GW-3  

Ricoh GW-3 

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Our our last 600 km kayak trip down the Thai coast I shot a ton of GoPro time lapse, but never looked at them till a couple of weeks ago. I found enough images to make this little vid.
This is what it looks like out there.

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I am now available for photographing kids here in Bangkok. This town has some great locations to do some candid images – temples, parks, Chinatown, klong rides. Here is one of my favourite temples.
You can check out more of my kids work, here and here.

bangkok children's photography
Bangkok Children’s Photography

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Feathercraft Wisper XP

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Feathercraft Wisper XP
One of the best big ticket purchases of my adult life is my Feathercraft Wisper XP kayak. My friend just bought a used 5 series BMW here in Hong Kong for what this thing cost me, but it is worth every hard earned dollar. The thing fits in a bag that goes on buses, trains, planes, boats, whatever. I have taken three fairly large trips with it. 
The biggest of these was a 560 km trip last winter, where my buddy Tim Morch and I paddled the entire west coast of Thailand, from the Burmese border to the Malaysian border. We averaged 30 kms a day, which might not sound like a lot, but it felt significant. The first week is a sort of hell on the body, but after that it gets much easier. I reckoned it was around 250,000 paddle strokes, of which about 150,000 hurt. 
I didn’t shoot any video on that trip, but I documented it with an Instagram photo essay, which you can check out here.
I have shot a few videos out of my Wisper. The first was a trip on the Thai coast in 2010. 

The second was a nice little day paddle around Koh Phayam, an island off the Thai coast where I spend a lot of time.


And the third is a trip we did along the coast of Palawan, in the Philippines. 


These are admittedly pretty amateur, but they give you a taste of what it’s like to paddle and camp these spectacular locations.  

Wisper
Feathercraft Wisper XP

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Koh Samui



I recently photographed an upmarket housing development on the island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand. The last time I had been there was 1990 when bungalows were 2 bucks and you ate dinner in the ramshackle restaurants that lined the beach. Well those days are over. If you have US$1M+ you can consider owning one of these amazing places, designed by the Bali-based architect Gary Fell.
(If you don’t have the cash, you can rent these joints.)

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