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General information:

Most of the photos in the galleries linked to this page were taken between 1993 and 1996 with a Pentax WR-90 and slide film pushed 2/3rd's of a stop (i.e., intentionally overexposed to compensate for all the white of the water).  My home river is not a happy environment for a camera, however, and the WR-90 is no longer with us.  The few photos featuring newer boats were taken with a Nikon N-70 in less challenging conditions.  Pulling these photos together has gotten me excited about paddling photography again.  Perhaps I'll buy another water resistant camera (and an extended warranty . . .) soon.

For an excellent discussion of paddling photography and equipment, visit Bill Tuthill's page.

To meet the guru himself on web design, web communities and all else that is good in the world, visit Philip Greenspun's homepage and the photography web community he created, photo.net.

And last but not least, there's some pretty nice stuff on the page put together by this auto body repair guy that used to come to my high school to give talks on his new hobby:  Mountain Light.  I gave a copy of  this photo to my wife for Christmas back when his studio was still in my home town.

 

The galleries:

The Green River, NC:  my home river, and one of the prettiest places on earth.
2001 Green River Narrows Race, Gallery #1
2001Green River, Narrows Race, Gallery #2
Upper Green River, NC

Bob Pfister, Green River Narrows, NC. Click for larger image.
Bob Pfister,
Green River Narrows, NC
Copyright Chris Bell

 
NC and TN Steep Creeks:  Big Creek, Linville Gorge, West Fork of the Big Pigeon, Elk River, the Rocky Broad.

Roger Derrough, Big Creek, NC. Click for larger image.
Roger Derrough,
Big Creek, NC
Copyright Chris Bell

 

Other NC, SC and TN Rivers & Creeks:  the Watauga, Wilson Creek, Clear Creek, the Nolichucky.
2002 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #1
2002 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #2
2003 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #1
2003 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #2
2003 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #3
2003 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #4
2003 Angst Mystery Nationals, Gallery #5

Scott Strausbaugh, Hydro, Watauga River, NC. Click for larger image.
Scott Strausbaugh,
Hydro, Watauga River, NC
Copyright Chris Bell

 
Cheoah River, NC:  these photos were taken in July, 2000 during the recreational releases conducted as part of the Cheoah Dam re-licensing process.  All were taken by running down the road and crashing through the brush and boulders as the first release was run.  Unfortunately, I ran out of film just before the steepest section!  My impressions of my (whitewater) runs were published in American Whitewater and can be found on the Tapoco Project Citizen's Resource Page.

Bob Hathcock, Cheoah River, NC. Click for larger image.
Bob Hathcock,
Cheoah River, NC
Copyright Chris Bell

 
Gauley River, WV and other points north:  the Grand River of the East.  There is nothing else like the Gauley!

Tom Piccirilli, Insignificant, Gauley River, WV. Click for larger image.
Tom Piccirilli,
Gauley River, WV
Copyright Chris Bell

 
Western Rivers:  before my daughters were born I used to spend up to a month every summer boating in the Western U.S.  You'll find photos here of rivers in California, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.

Philip Curry and Edward Chapman, Yampa River, CO. Click for larger image.
Philip C. and Edward C.,
Yampa River, CO
Copyright Chris Bell

 
Tours:  photographs taken while canoe and kayak touring on rivers, lakes, swamps, sounds and seas. 

Chris and Kenzie Bell, Rimini Swamp, SC. Click for larger image.
Chris and Kenzie Bell,
Rimini Swamp, SC
Copyright David Lee

 
Family and Friends:  photos emphasizing people, rather than rapids or scenery. 

 

Kenzie Bell, Calderwood Reservoir, NC. Click for larger image.
Kenzie Bell
Calderwood Reservoir
Copyright Beth Maczka

 


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