I've always enjoyed searching for Cutthroat Trout. Even when I was a small water rat these guys were my favorite. I suppose its the eagerness of the fish to take your fly at that age where the entertainment factor is a top priority. As I grew older I feel in love with the colors, the shape and the curious face they possessed... much different that the other trout. Then it happened, one day I realized the places they live are sensitive, precious and remote. It finally dawned on me, over the years my search brought me deeper and deeper into the backcountry. Then one day we found it. Here hidden amongst the bustling ATV trails sits that tiny slice of heaven I've always been searching for. On the beaten path BUT tucked out of the lime light sits a sanctuary.
Each Year I try to visit these old friends. It's also a place where the one we call "Yoda" loves so dearly. Each year we return to our master baring photographs of his old friends so he might gaze upon them as he once did. You see Yoda isn't as agile as he used to be and his memory, although still sharp as a tack, still faded in some small way.
This image is how I view these Colorado Cutthroat Trout. I know I might have post processed them a bit more than I should have [rookie here] I so think of them as powerful, mysterious, calm and curious.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
As I mentioned before, this month has treated me exceptionally kind... I know its bound to end but wow, another humbling moment. TROUT magazine [Trout Unlimited] ran three of my images.
Again I was shocked to see my fin shot grace the words of a fish icon, a fish defender. I'm really glad the fin images are getting used. I've tried to shoot these as I like the shapes, detail and fish they come from. I've learned that all fins are not alike, some mimic others but the separation is in the small quite details. I have been working on more fin shots, when the time is right I'll post them up.
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The bottom angler image is of Ralphy AKA Nate Miller. Nate is a stick and then some. I've heard some folks say he is a myth, others say there is no such person BUT here "Ralphy" was seen wrangling hogs on the Teton River. Again, I climbed the rattler infested terrain and perched myself waiting for unsuspecting anglers. I wanted to capture a raw image, one that's NOT a set-up shot, not a barby [bar-b-q] shot, its unaltered real time fun.
Original Images [Ralphy's image went missing, all I can find is this tiny cropped shot]
Monday, July 20, 2009
WOW.. what a crazy start to summer so far!!!!
So..... I somehow made it into Catch Magazine. Not only did I barely make the submission deadline, but my image was placed as the opening for the "Hard Light" series. HUMBLING!!! It's still such a surreal experience, a shocking dream come true really. I mean whoever thought I'd be exchange emails with one of the best fishing photographers out there, I know I certainly didn't.What a great experience.
The first images is from an awesome memorable experience. Corey Kruitbosch and I were shown the ropes by host extraordinaire Aaron Otto. During this moment Captain A was at the helm, Cor was kind enough to let me try out his lens..... and low and behold, these two kind gestures turned out to be something special..
The second is of Chris Barkey on the Teton River. I climbed the sharp rocks lined with rattlers to get a birds eye view. I looked down river to see Chris moving alone, fishing in solitude. The sun was perfectly lining up for the shot. I remember repeating over and over in my head, a little further, just a little further. Chris fished methodically covering every stick of the flow. Finally he was in position and I fired away. He couldn't see me and nor did he know I was een up there. It was a cool moment when everything lined up. Patients was the answer and I luckily stuck to me guns and enjoyed the view until the timing was right.
Without these individuals these images would never have been captured. As much as its the guy with the camera, its also the guys the camera is surrounded by. Thanks guys!!
The guys over at Catch are have a stellar operation going on. Their style is fresh, interesting, original and very much cool. I've been inspired to keep learning, to keep trying and most importantly to keep having fun. If you haven't checked out them out yet go do it
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