How do you take pics alone?

Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by Panhandle, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    Who needs friends ;) Put your camera on a sturdy rock or get a small tripod, know your camera like the back of your hand before you ever attempt this, use the timer, know how to work your camera with one hand really well, so you can keep the fish in the water holding it by the tail with the other... Works fine as long as you use the right function and take in account glare angles. I'd suggest practice using sticks, or even better fish from the store, or one you've already bonked. Having friends makes it easier, but then you have to worry about them knowing how to shoot well. These are all solo shots attached... I don't condone this unless you're really know your camera and really know how to handle fish. Keep them in clean water, not murky junk, and if you think you're taking too long, you have already taken too long; just let the fish go... I pick a good spot with nice camera rock near by and turn my camera on and set it on the rock just prior to landing the fish. Tail the fish, press the button, keep the fish in the water until the beep, the rest is history.
     
  2. Panhandle

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    Rob, I have to say I'm both impressed and mystified. Do you set up the camera before you start fishing, or actually set the thing on a rock or tripod of sticks once the fish is in hand. That sounds insanely complicated and fragile. From what you are saying, you would have to test the position of the camera before you even caught the fish. I can't imagine you could do it based on what you're saying while the fish is on, or in hand. You my friend are an amazing fishing multi tasker.
     
  3. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    it's not as hard as you would think, and like rob said practice is good. if you know how far away you need to be from your camera to get a good shot ahead of time you just set the timer, step back and you are good.
     
  4. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    A tripod is what I've used predominantly in the past, and I usually just have it around my neck... But all the photos you see above there were taken just setting my camera on a rock believe it or not. The ones below were taken with the tripod. I've never wrecked a camera doing this, which is a miracle. But yes, during the end of the fight, I look for a spot, and sometimes there are no rocks around, and I have to forget about the photo. Doing this is a good way to loose a fish, I have first hand experience. It is multitasking at its best, thats why I don't recommend doing this unless you can perform in a timely manner.
     
  5. yuhina

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    Rob,
    Those are awesome photos! very skillful!!:thumb:
     
  6. Salmo_g

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    Rob,

    I'm also impressed. Good work! But in the end, what you have is a collection of hero shots. What do you do with them? I find that the ones I've taken are just stashed away in a box that almost never gets looked at.

    Sg
     
  7. rattlesnakeflyguy

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    Nice fish Rob! Great idea as well.
    The waterproof cameras are so good and easy to use as well.
     
  8. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    Salmo G,

    Yes, taking pictures is a funny thing. So why do we all take pictures? Is it to show our fellow man or woman? I haven't been carrying my camera quite as often over the last year, or made it a point to photo every fish I catch, but there are some good things about photos, and there are some fish that deserve a photo. I like them because they can take me back to a day, a time, a place, and an experience and jog my foggy mind ;) Photos can remind me of smells of the autumn, spring or summer. They can remind me of the true excitement I was feeling, the shaking hands! I think thats why I like photos so much.

    But when you don't photo a fish there is a secrecy that is between you and your Creator, you and the fish, you and the river. No one can every know that experience, no matter how much you try to tell someone about it. And when it all boils down to it, you can't take your photos with you to the other side! For me, its my hobby; its a challenge because it never works out quite how you planned, many times the results can be so so, but sometimes you really Get It! A hero shot is just a fancy name for capturing the moment as it is but with the person. Its the same with any shot just capturing the moment in anther way. I don't really like the term hero shot, they are all just shots to me.
     
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    So we can show our grandkids what steelhead used to be.

    I agree, some nice solo shots Rob.
     
  10. Jergens

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    iagree i look at my old photos all the time, great to think about the fishing trips, friendships, etc. at the same time though i think i could tell you without a picture every run i have hooked a fish of memory out of, which stick it was behind, what fly, etc.

    I also agree with the challenging aspect of photography, it's definitely something that i wish i was better at, and am working at improving on.
     
  11. rattlesnakeflyguy

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    iagree Photos are amazing way to capture such awesome adventures, and you share them with whomever you want :thumb:
     
  12. rick matney

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    First you have to catch a fish. :D After that it is quite quick and simple. I used to never take pictures, but then a couple of buddies of mine that are into photography got me to start and now I wished i would have been doing it my whole life instead of just the last 2 years.

    And to all you "hero shot" haters..... get over it. a few Un-educated fisherman do more damage than the majority population of hero shot guys.
     
  13. Dustin Bise

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    panhandle, i wouldn't even bother if I were you, unless its a LUNKER. if you have a hard time getting the camera out i would think that arranging yourself in the position for the best light will be nearly impossible. Instead, I would bring a friend who likes to take pictures.