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Date(s) - 06/09/2018
All Day

Canoe Kentucky on the Elkhorn Creek


Elkhorn Creek with Canoe Kentucky!

Ahh.. the summer, and a great time to float down one of Kentucky’s amazing streams, the Elkhorn Creek. We will meet at Canoe Kentucky’s Elkhorn Creek location to begin our journey.


The Trip..

After browsing their shop, signing the Canoe Kentucky liability release and registering, we will meet on the deck in back of the store overlooking the creek for Canoe Kentucky’s guides giving a briefing and safety talk.  The excellent guides will demonstrate the proper way to use a dry bag to minimize the chance of getting camera gear wet in the unfortunate event of a “flip” (just don’t do that, please?)  After that a “mini-lesson” by our facilitators on how to shoot the wildlife on the creek is presented.   We cover high speed shooting, panning, and a few tips for keeping your gear dry.  You are required to have a coast guard approved life vest on while on the water.

Canoe Kentucky takes us up to the put-in, a few 3.5 road miles upstream from their facility.   The canoes are already there waiting for us to jump in and paddle on!  If you have your own canoe or kayak, that’s fine… transportation is still supported.   During put-in the Canoe KY guides will show us how to properly strap in gear.


Along the way down the 4-5 “river miles” we will stop and shoot both from the canoes and from shore as opportunity allows.    We stop along the creek around noon and jump out for a “mini-sub sandwich buffet.”   Bring your own (non-alcohol) beverage.   During lunch we’ll share more on technique and tricks for shooting along the creek.


Wildlife along the Elkhorn includes deer, mink, otters, muskrats, herons, hawks and many more bird species.  There are some very nice shots to be had just of the creek itself and wonderful reflections.  A recent visit to the Elkhorn was graced by two bald eagles in the trees on the bank.

Take-Out and post-paddle gathering

Take-out will be at the Canoe KY facility and is very easy.  They have a ramp right at the building.  If you brought your own canoe or kayak there is a public ramp very close to Canoe KY’s…   just a few tenths of a mile downstream past the bridge on the right.   After take out (and changing into dry clothes as needed) we will have a wrapup meeting to discuss what worked well and what didn’t.  A public forum for posting our best images will be made available on Facebook.

Is this ShareShop right for you?

This ShareShop is only moderately strenuous.   We will be floating with the current at a leisurely rate in order to get the best shots we can.   If the creek is low there may be spots we have to step out of the canoe and pull it over rocky spots, so go light on gear.  While canoe experience is good, it is not mandatory… just don’t stand up in the canoes.   You will be required to wear supplied life vests. You may bring your own CG Certified life vest class 3 or better.

This ShareShop is recommended for shooters with a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and a variety of lenses to get the best shots.   Being said, it’s a pleasant float and maybe you just want to pull out the point and shoot and that’s fine.    PLEASE keep in mind that canoes do tip over, so have them adequately protected and listen to the guides and facilitators on best practices for boat handling and photography.

The usual disclosures required: Possible hazards include of course, injury or worse from falling in or overturned canoes or kayaks.  Also of course be aware of venomous snakes, low hanging branches and other hazards usually affiliated with events in the outdoors.  Other hazards include fishing line hanging from trees or in the water.  You will be asked to sign both Canoe Kentucky’s liability release as well as Photo ShareShop’s.

We also suggest this ShareShop for people that are open to sharing and working well with others.   Overbearing, know-it-all, and arrogant folks do not work well within the framework of our “ShareShop” concept.   Sharing our experience, artistic visions, experimental successes and failures, and good times are key to everyone that participates.   Please read and understand the underlying philosophies of Photo ShareShops.

Who is facilitating the ShareShop

The ShareShop host and company renting you the equipment is CanoeKY.  This ShareShop is facilitated by Parham P Baker.  Depending on the attendance, there may be additional facilitators.

In-climate weather or unfavorable creek conditions

In the event of in-climate weather or high/low water conditions the ShareShop will reschedule.  The call will be made by Canoe Kentucky.  If there is any question, a “go no-go” message will be posted on the Photo ShareShop website.    There are no refunds after the final payment date.   Paid funds can be applied to other ShareShops including the next ShareShop with Canoe Kentucky.

What techniques will be shared?

We will cover topics and techniques including:

  • Photo ShareShop’s “Images with Intent”
  • High Shutter Speed Photography
  • Panning
  • Shooting Reflections
  • Shooting water with smooth feel
  • Best tools for high ISO in post-production
  • More!

What to Bring

-Change of Clothes (just in case!) and “street shoes” (I’ll have on a swim suit!)
-Dry bag or box if you have one (Strongly recommended!  Canoe KY does have dry bags for sale and is a Pelican dealer by previous order only)
-“Aqua Sox” or other water friendly footwear
-While we will be doing some shooting from shore, but we still do not recommend tripods in the canoes.  There are however, nearby and shore-side shots  you may want to have your tripod for.
-Extendable Mono-Pod.  Monopods that can go from very short to tall are very handy!
-Polarizing filter if available


Small cooler for your beverages
Rain Gear (but do your sun dance.. ok?)
A few large trash bags (to put on ground when on shore sitting for lunch)
Pocket knife
Sun Screen
Towel(s) in plastic bag
Insect Repellent

You in?  Let GO!!!




You may either pay the full amount or the deposit amount (if available) using the PayPal button. A PayPal account is not required.

You will create a Photo ShareShop account (not a PayPal account) when you make your reservation. You will receive an email with your username and password. After that you can log into your reservations on the website. Final payments can be made under “EVENTS” and “PAYMENTS.” NOTE: Rooms are not guaranteed until full payment is received.

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