This photo was contributed by Tennessee Fishing Kayaks -
It shows one of their W kayak clients who’s an avid wildlife photographer.
She was looking for the most stable kayak, since like many photographers, she needs to shoot pictures without having to balance her kayak at the same time, or even worry about doing so. Pointing the camera and shooting is hard enough, without adding such problems.
On top of this, many wildlife photographers want to be able to paddle standing up, since it gives them a broader field of view, and needless to say that they want to shoot photos from the standing position as well.
Photographers carry very expensive photographic equipment with them. Sometimes the value of this equipment is in the tens of thousands of dollars, and that’s another reason for wanting a kayak that’s super stable, but also one that offer adequate protection from the elements, both in terms of free board, and in terms of a big, protected storage space. In other words, wildlife photographers need a dry kayak, which is why neither sit-in, nor SOT and hybrid kayaks would do for them, and only the W kayak fulfills their requirement in realistic terms.
And let’s not forget the fact that similarly to kayak anglers, wildlife photographers spend long hours in their kayaks, and they need it to be comfortable, which rules out the non-ergonomic L posture that all kayaks except the W force their passengers into.