I first tried Standup Paddle Board (SUP) last year when I found out that REI had classes for beginners. It seemed to be a great activity to try, especially knowing that I'd be going to Hawaii in a few short months and wanted to do all sorts of activities while there, water activities in particular.
Before class started, I decided to take some pics of the dock area and the boats. REI was actually running two classes that night: the SUP tour and also a tandem kayaking tour. I wanted more of a challenge so I went for the SUP.
What follows are a few shots of the dock, a bridge, and the boats as the sun was going down:
Last year when I did the full moon SUP tour, I put my X-T1 in a Ewa Marine case and took it out on the boat with me. But not this time, because I didn't want the weight of the camera around my neck while I was out there. Also, it's hard to configure the camera settings through the protective case. Here's a shot I took last year.
We had to go down on our knees because the winds were very strong and -- since our bodies while standing up were like drag chutes in the wind -- we weren't making any forward progress.
In this one it looks like our instructor and my fellow classmates are walking on water!
Without my X-T1 for this year's SUP full moon tour, I relied instead on my iPhone SE. The results weren't that good, but at least it sort of captured what we saw, as you can see below.
The moon looked rather creepy as it rose because it started out blood red and then slowly lost that color and, when I last saw it, it had a faint orange hue.
If it sounds like I regretted not bringing my Fuji, I did while I was out on the water. But once back on land, I was more grateful for the fun I had. Yeah, the full moon would have made for great shots, but sometimes you have to see things and savor them with your own eyes instead of being distracted by the viewfinder. I came back to the dock with pure joy energizing me, and I wouldn't trade in that experience for any photo in the world!
Gear used: Fuji X-T1 and 23mm f/1.4 lens (35mm equivalent field of view) and iPhone SE with Camera+ app.