What equipment should I use for photography from the canoe? (Giant river otters, monkeys and birds can often be photographed on the Añanguyacu River and Añangu Lagoon).

by Bruce Farnsworth - 0 Comments

You will travel two hours by motorized canoe along the Napo River from Coca to the mouth of the Añanguyacu River. There you will disembark for a snack and transition to traditional dugout canoes which will be paddled by members of the Añangu community. During the workshop, we will travel in dugout canoes which allow us manoeuvrability and access to smaller streams.

A good rig for wildlife photography from a boat is a fast tele (with image stabilization or vibration reduction) mounted on a tripod. Monopods are also a great tool when photographing wildlife and people on the move, but in a boat you need to know your lens is secure during moments when your hands are needed elsewhere. For work on land, make sure you choose a monopod which is beefy enough to support your largest camera-lens combo. Gitzo makes graphite models which extend from 24 inches to eye level. Collapsed, these monopods provide a low center of gravity and lower perspective. Monopods, unless securely braced, will not provide adequate support for super-telephoto work in low light.

In collaboration with the guides of Añangu, Raw Rainforest Photography Tours will customize the canoes for photography on the water. We have devised a camera mounting system that allows you to position your tripod head at a convenient height over your lap while seated in the dugout canoe.

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