I want to do some fly fishing photography...

Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by Josh, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Josh dead in the water

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    I am a professional photographer. I have done virtually nothing else since college. I spent 5-6 years shooting extreme sports for magazines and companies like ESPN. Recently I have spent the past few years doing wedding photography (got tired of the travel involved with editorial photography). Currently I am also an editor, writer, and administrator at photo.net, a huge photography education website. You can see some of my images here:

    http://www.photo.net/photos/joshroot

    In any case, I have gotten the itch to see if I can come up with some good flyfishing photos. I'm not really that interested in trying to make money off of it, though I suppose anything is possible. But rather, I need a new challenge. Shooting flyfishing photos lets me pull together for two things I love.

    So here's the deal, I'd like to find a few people to tag along with on some fishing adventures. You would give me some space in your car/boat/etc, I would shoot some photos (and fish a little) . You would get some cool images of you fishing, I get to overcome a new photographic challenge.

    For obvious reasons, I am more interested in moving water than still water. It's a lot easier to walk 40-50 feet down a gravel bar than it is to have someone drop me off on the shore of a lake just so they can paddle back out for a photos. But I guess anything is possible.

    I am easygoing, fairly good company, and don't smell to horribly badly. Plus, I am happy to buy the round of beers when it is my turn.

    Josh
  2. spanishfly Steelberg

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    Anytime your in the Seattle area shoot me a PM. I fish with a few knuckle heads from this site who are laid back and wouldn't mind sharing some brews and scenic honey holes.

    Dennis
  3. Jay Allyn The Poor-Student Fly Fisher

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    It's too bad that I'm leaving Bellingham for the summer as school is getting out now. But I will be back up here come beggining of September. As an inspiring photographer, fly fisherman, and collage student I'd love to get out and do something like that. Maybe some cool shots of salmon/steelhead fishing on the Nook this fall.
  4. Snake tryin' not to get too comfortable

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    If I take you to my secret places...

    Do you promise not to tell?
  5. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Doing any spey fishing? I could take you on some fishng adventures along the Stilly if you like and the Skagit next winter or even later this summer for cutts.
  6. tbuss Member

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    I am planning on doing some hike-in fishing this summer where the scenery will be spectacular so if you are interested in that pm me. If you want to take photos of big fish then you may not want to come with me because I tend to catch small to average sized fish. I will also be fishing some areas that don't require hiking so options abound.
  7. Josh dead in the water

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    I have no idea if you are being serious or a smart ass. But no, why in the world would I tell anyone where someone took me? But if it is that big of a deal to anyone, the answer is probably that you don't need to have me around. This is supposed to be fun, not a stress causing type of thing.

    I love knuckleheads and honeyholes. So good times!

    Drop me a line when you get back. I'll be around.

    Without some serious instruction, having me with a spey rod would be a serious danger to everyone else around me. I have no experience with them. But I'm sure we could figure something out.

    The most important thing here is that I want to take photos of people fishing. Of course if you catch a fish that you want a photo of, I'll be happy to shoot a photo. That's what a fishing partner is supposed to do.

    But what I want to do is learn to take photos that show the "feel" of fishing (to use a stupid 'art-school kind of word). Maybe that's a photo like the cover of A River Runs Through It or maybe it's a photo of a pile of against a tree in a campsite. I have no idea. I just needed a new photographic challenge, and this one seemed like fun.
  8. Chris Puma hates waking up early

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  9. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Undercover photo dude for "Washington Hunting and Fishing News"
    Danger! Danger!
  10. Josh dead in the water

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    I don't think that photo got published anywhere....then again, my head is like swiss cheese sometimes. So who knows.
  11. Josh dead in the water

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    Yeah, that's what I want to do. Send photos to a publication that thinks they "own" photos that are submitted to them:

    "Entrants agree to grant F&H News and/or its assignees use rights for photos submitted for editorial, promotional or advertising purposes. Photos submitted become property of F&H News and will not be returned."

    No thank you. There is a reason that I got tired of working for the editorial market.
  12. KerryS Ignored Member

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    The offer was made. If you wish to tag along and take some pics thats cool. If you want to toss a spey rod also I can bring one along for you to use. Let me know.
  13. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    If you are an artist then go find fly fishermen that are fishing and don't know you.
    Go to fly only water and photo.
    If you want to go fishing? You can go with me and take all the photos you want.
    All the moving water around here is high now and or closed. Check back with me in July and later.
    Take a trip out to Rocky Ford and check it out.
  14. Jake Smulkowski Throwing hoppers into baetis falls

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    If you get out to Idaho I'd love to have some nice shots of me fishing.
  15. Josh dead in the water

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    Gary,

    I am no more an artist than I am a gastroenterologist. What I am is a very good photographer who wants a new challenge. After you get paid as a photographer for a few years, some of the joy goes out of the work. It's a cool job, but it's still a job. But one of the aspects that never gets old is being able to give images to people who appreciate them. That ends up being a lot more important than any stuck-up art gallery posturing and a lot more satisfying than a paycheck. Sure, I could go and hang out on some fly water and take photos, but it would be more fun to hang out with some nice people, share a few brews and shoot some photos that they would be proud to hang on the wall next to the tying bench.

    If I wanted to find some people to take me fishing, I'd make a post saying "Hey, won't somebody take me fishing?". What I want to do is hang out and shoot some photos while people are fishing. Sure, maybe I'll make some casts myself, but I won't be annoyed if I don't. Only an ass would make a post saying "I want to go shoot photos" then pitch a fit because they didn't get to do any fishing.

    I love fishing, but I love photography more. If that doesn't make any sense to someone, then I'm guessing that they aren't the kind of person who wants to have me around. Nothing wrong with that. Everyone feels differently about their passions in life.
  16. Josh dead in the water

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    Semantic "art" arguments aside. Thanks to everyone who has responded. I'll send out some PM's with my contact info and you can give me a call when you've got some extra space to fill.
  17. tkww Member

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    Two of the truest things I've heard in quite a while.
  18. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Well Josh, I don't know how old you are, but there is wisdom in your words.
    There is a whole lot more to life than money.
    The mist rising from a spring creek on a cold morning, fat trout slurping tiny bugs close to the overhanging grass.
    Capture the moment on film, trap the memory to be shared forever.
    Good friends are hard to come by.
    If you get to the east side of the Cascades some time check in and we can talk more about the passion of life (fly fishing).
    I have to apologize for teasing you about the "undercover photo dude".
    I'm sure your heart is in the right place.
  19. tbuss Member

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    I too love photography, but I am just about as amatuerish as they come (I have a good digital camera but it is not an SLR - I do have an SLR, but it is 35mm film so I have not touched it since I went digital). Maybe I can learn a thing or two from you if ever you come fishing with me.

    Tom
  20. Snake tryin' not to get too comfortable

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    Half serious, half smart ass.

    Mostly just checking to see if you're serious, or just looking to tag along with FF'ers who spend a long time getting their favorite water figured out, so you can shorten your own learning curve. You sound sincere and straight-up, though.

    Exactly!! I don't need to have you around to have a good time when I strike into the wilds to go fishing, but I do like good photo depictions of my adventures, which is hard to do, since most of my forays are solo, and setting up good self-timer shots is really hard! There's been so may times I KNEW a killer photo was possible, but the angles/distances made it impossible to do it self-timer.

    It wouldn't be right to invite you on a trip, just to be my 'photo bitch'. It just seems weird to me.

    I hope you get some good opportunities and pix, though. Photography, and the capturing of a specific moment in time and space, seems magical to me. The veracity is undeniable, even in this age of photoshop and digital reconstruction.

    But I'll hobble along with my memories, as shifty and cantankerous as they may be.

    I love a good photo, though.

    Good Luck!!:beer2: