Moments earlier, I was seated in this kayak along with my son. We were 100 yards offshore on the southern leaning edge of Cape Cod when a larger than expected wave hit as we were rotating the boat from straight off from shore to inward bound. In other words, we were most vulnerable to capsizing since we were parallel to land.
For about five seconds, as the kayak quickly filled with water (top image above), my singular impulse should have been toward preparing for the tip. Because I had opportunistically attached my Panasonic TS1 point and shoot camera (i.e., the one that can be dunked) to the upper strap of my vest, I was able, within that brief window, to begin photographing the scene as it was unfolding. Moments later, my son was out of the craft, as was I, (bottom photo) and we then should have turned our attention to swimming to shore, now with the heavy and barely maneuverable kayak by our sides. Should have. My son immediately began the task of heading to land where the boat could be tipped and emptied. But I kept capturing images.
Have you ever taken photos… when you should have been doing something else more important?
Posted by Rey