Let's shoot the rapids! OK, let's photograph the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.

  • April 19 · 9:00 AM
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from their website:

"The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country. Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near the confluence of the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor."

We can shoot at the launch site in Kenduskeag, camp out at 6 Mile Falls to get shots of paddling competitors (or capture the portage), and/or set up at the finish in Bangor. If anyone has photographed or attended this race before, please share your thoughts on the best approach for shooting this event. Personally, I'm tempted to try and get to all three points (start, falls, and finish), but that might be a stretch.

http://www.kenduskeagstreamcanoerace.com/info/

I've included the event link, and there are a number of referenced photo albums from the past years' events. This is a fun, well-attended event and should lend itself for some exciting photographic opportunities.

- Mike

P.S. Start time will greatly depend on which part(s) of the race we'd like to capture. Early morning in Kenduskeag, roughly 9am at the falls, or around 11am to meetup in Bangor. Let's discuss. :)

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  • Leslie F.

    no 212, but I finally went through my pics!

    1 · May 1

  • Jennifer M.

    Did anyone get a good shot of boat 212?
    They portaged around 6 mile falls so I didn't. The Bangor Metro is looking for a shot. The two girls paddling won their division. It's a red canoe.

    May 1

  • Michael D.

    I'm camped out at the white house to the left of the upstream view. Still room to set up along the shore down here if you haven't gotten a bridge spot.

    April 19

  • Michael D.

    Running late, but on my way.

    April 19

  • Jennifer M.

    Heads up! This just in from the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race page:

    UPDATE: Bangor Parks & Recreation has shortened the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race this year. It will end at the Flour Mill portage. Warming tents will be in place there. High tides leading to impassable bridges cited as reason.

    April 18

  • Lawrence A. S.

    Im going to Vally Ave. Real good rapids. A friend that is in the race every year says that the rapids there a realy hard.

    April 18

    • Jennifer M.

      They are planning on ending the race before the Flour Mill portage... above shopping cart.

      April 18

    • Michael D.

      Flour Mill will be the end of the line tomorrow due to high water at the later bridges.

      April 18

  • Leslie F.

    Hi guys...I am working on another project that day, a video, so I'll be there with multiple cameras. My plan is to be at the start early (8 ish) to see if I can shoot the video pieces. I don't know how long it takes the first boats to get to the Falls. I'd love to shoot with you all at the Falls, and let's make a plan to actually find one another! My vote would be to meet at the start at 9. Shall we all wear yellow roses? Or something...I don't think "look for the person with the camera" is a very distinguishing feature at this event. Oh, and FYI, there's roller derby tomorrow at 6 at the Cross Center if anyone wants to see.

    April 18

    • Matthew P.

      In my case, look for a freakishly tall skinny guy with a camera and a stroller??? ;-)

      April 18

    • Jennifer M.

      The race is going to be fast this year...

      April 18

  • Matthew P.

    We have a lot of photographers of different levels here. I figured I would post this in case anyone is looking for an upgrade to their Canon systems. I am selling my backup 60D 18mp DSLR with a 50mm lens and a vertical grip. Message me on Facebook if you're interested and I will bring it to the meetup on Saturday. I'm just clearing out extra inventory.

    April 16

  • Jennifer M.

    I shot some photos from the bridge at Six Mile Falls on Saturday. There's a lot of water.... and if it doesn't recede significantly by next week there aren't going to be a lot of different sight lines.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/s...­

    April 13

    • Michael D.

      Stopped there yesterday on the way back from Bangor. The river is definitely high and moving fast. It'll be a challenge just getting to a spot, sounds like fun.

      1 · April 13

  • Gretchen C.

    I really wanted to go to this but I have several events at church this day so I won't be able to attend. Have fun!

    April 11

    • Michael D.

      No worries, we'll see you at the levitation shoot. Should have more events posted soon.

      April 12

  • Michael D.

    First paddlers at Six Mile Falls generally start to arrive about 10am, the bulk of the racers around 11am-ish. Plan to arrive early to secure parking and a spot for shooting the event. I'll be planning on scouting a spot on the eastern bank under the bridge if possible.

    If you would prefer to shoot the launch or the finish line, go for it. I'm looking forward to the event and to seeing everyone's images.

    April 11

  • Jennifer M.

    I've been shooting this race for a couple of years now. It can get crowded (depending on the weather and water levels).

    We've shot at the start of the race.. dashed down to six mile falls... hit Shopping Cart. The actual finish line isn't all that exciting photographically but wandering around talking to the paddlers is kind of fun.

    1 · March 27

  • Gretchen C.

    I am wondering if we split up the group -some at different locations/times; then we would have coverage of the whole event. I think I can make it early in the morning, but I have a commitment later... have to double check my calendar. But this sounds fun!

    March 22

    • Michael D.

      That'd work for me, Gretchen. All three locations have appeal.. the launch has all the teams interacting, preparing, and getting underway; the falls have almost certain wipeouts, the portage and reentry; and the finish line has the teams' arrival, the spectators and wrap party features to capture. I'm looking forward to it, now to decide where to camp out with the camera.

      March 22

    • Michael D.

      This might make for a great meet-n-critique session sometime after the event, too. Hmm... :)

      March 24

  • Sean G.

    I think you'll find it will be difficult to try to go to all three spots... Mostly because of six mile falls. Parking around that area is quite limited and there are several hundred people all crowding around any place there is a view. If you wanted to photo that spot, my advice would be to get there plenty early, which probably means missing the start.

    Also, the finish line is a fairly anti-climatic place... canoes are quite spread out by then and most of the paddlers are too wiped out to be very enthusiastic. Though the sight of canoes in the urban canal is pretty interesting. The bridges on Central or Franklin Streets might be a more pleasant and photogenic place to shoot.

    March 23

    • Michael D.

      Good points to consider, as I read more about the race and how popular it has become I'm understanding that choosing one spot along the route is the best way to go. I'm most drawn to the six mile falls area, and getting there early may be the only way to secure a parking spot.

      For our photogs already in the downtown Bangor area, the bridges may be their best bet. Thanks!

      March 23

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