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How to photograph your prize

August 31st 2012 01:57
Every summer, no matter where you live, people go on vacation and try to photograph the fish they land.

The results are often far from stellar and definitely short of what you see in magazines.

I guess Kevin Van Dam isn't making enough money as the world's best angler so he sold his soul to Kodak.

Anyway, he's offering up some tips on photographing your catch.

I used to make my living taking pictures so, I'm going to add some tips of my own.

1. Automatic cameras make everyone THINK they're a photographer but their can I put this without hurting feelings? SUCK!!!!!!!!
If you take a picture with sand, snow, lots of sky, or anything very bright as the background, it's imperative to over ride the exposure your camera gives. You'll probably need a full stop or more. If you have an exposure setting, simply use " Plus1" and that will probably do it. But, you could be safe and use "Plus 2" also.

Another way to "trick" an auto camera is to put masking tape over the film roll area that has a silver and black pattern the camera "reads" to determine the speed or ISO/ASA setting. I you find yourself doing this frequently, it may pay to invest in some stickers that do this very thing. They have the same light and dark patterns the cameras use to determine speed.

If your camera lets you set the ISO/ASA speed, CHEAT. Say you're using 400 speed film; set you camera at 200 and that's one stop. 100 would be two stops.

2. This is my other pet peeve--FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS! You may think an auto-focus camera is all you need. WRONG!!!!! An auto-focus lens emits an invisible beam that strikes an object, bounces off and sets the lens in a fraction of a second. If that beam hits something behind your subject, guess what's going to be sharp?

3. How do you get around this? Another bane to every photographer--get close to your subject!!!!! If you like the shoreline, get a picture of it and make it your subject. Right now, you're taking a picture of someone and a fish so, make them fill up the frame!

4. Lastly, despite most of what you've read about how to take pictures, DON'T have your subject illuminated directly by the sun. They squint, sweat, and most people are so damned slow at taking pictures you're going to burn out their retinas! Learn what the term "fill flash" means and then use it!

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!


Christmas Wishes

December 25th 2011 03:02

It must be true

November 20th 2011 13:14
Sometimes you read about things and wonder if they're true.

This is an old joke around bait shops but they really do exist.

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The end of the line??

August 25th 2011 20:18
Admittedly, the question marks were added by yours truly. Discounting this liberty, The End of the Line is a film which takes a sobering look at the effects of overfishing and offers solutions that may save our population.

The Rupert Murray film, based on British environmental journalist Charles Clover's book, shows the devastating effects that overfishing with modern technology is having on our oceans by using both under and above-water footage to show we are taking fish from the ocean faster than they can be replaced.

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Fishing a different river

June 2nd 2011 00:54
It's one thing to fish a different body of water for the challenge. It's another to fish different water because you have to.

Over the past few months, I've fallen into the latter category. Why? That's a long story. Suffice to say, it's a combination of divorce, job dis-satisfaction and then losing said job due to a merger, and lack of anything better to do than move.

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A little surf fishing

September 24th 2010 15:08
It's been a little over two years since I last surf fished so, it was no wonder this video stirred a restless feeling in my heart.

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Rapala lures

Here's a link may appreciate.

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Knowing how deep the water is where you fish is important because you have to know how deep the water is to have an idea of where the fish are.

That can be done with an electronic depth finder or simply being familiar with the area you fish.

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Matt Hayes--fishing and photography

August 20th 2008 01:13
Here's a website I discovered and really enjoy because it combines two of my passions--fishing and photography.

The owner of this site, Matt Hayes, is a U.k. angler and photographer who has a great screen presence. I've been exploring this site and surfing the web to find out all I can about him and I think he's become my favorite non-American angler.

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I wanted to kill two birds with one stone on this post. Aside from getting some material for my blog, I wanted to try out a new camera at the same time and today was warm enough that I could get out and put it through its paces.

Although I have no intentions of turning this blog into some sort of fisherman's diary, I will say that things went pretty well although there are some points I still want to work on. Newer cameras do so many things! The main thing I have to work on is remembering how to change settings. I guess that's not a problem if you always shoot on AUTOMATIC but, to really get good shots or anything very creative, you have to learn to shoot on MANUAL. Yeah, yeah! I know--that defeats the purpose of AUTOMATIC. Here's my take on that--AUTO is fine if all you want is a record of an occurrence. That way of thinking began with the Kodak Brownie. (Photography buffs will know what I mean!)

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Photograph your trophy

January 3rd 2008 04:52
I've mentioned catch and release in passing before. What happens if you get that once in a life time catch and want to show it off? In the past, when you got that "trophy catch," you had to choose between throwing it back and keeping it. You could get a trophy but it was pretty well the end of the line for the fish. Now days, you can get your trophy and the fish gets to live to be caught again.

All you need to do is take a series of photographs of your catch and a life like replica suitable for mounting can be made. Todays reproductions are far superior to what was available just a few years ago. In fact, the technology available today can create trophies that are so life like that they rival anything in nature and certainly look better than anything found in fishing lodges when you were a kid.

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Photography under the sea

November 9th 2007 02:44
Sea Nettle

If you frequent Orble, you may have found a GREAT site that I look at almost every day. Katyzzz, stand up and take a bow because I'm taking about photography She has some very helpful information in her blog plus a lot of super photographs!

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