Tired of Hero Shots

hahahaha.... of course, because YOU took that photo! @Adam Saarinen that’s awesome! How cool that is your friend’s wife!
Yeah! And what's even Cooler is that my friend her husband is on the Hardy Pro team! He told me one place to go when i got my first float tube, 4 PB pike in that spot & he keeps other places a personal secret, has to on our local waters!
 
That's the term -- parrot rod! I wasn't sure how to refer to that latest trend. Before the rod on shoulder bit the hero shots included the angler chewing on the fly rod handle. I'm not quite sure what someone will show next when it comes to the fly rod.
Probably the rod held between their thighs poking out & up like a big hard on?
 
I am not sure what the point of your argument is @Darthmonkey. Is it the content of the photo that bores you? In that case, yeah...most photos are boring to most people if they are capturing content not of interest to said people. Is it the lack of artistic integrity of “hero shots”?
Me? Honestly I don't personally care about hero shots, it doesn't actually bother me. Most hero shots are poorly executed, and at most I may double tap or congratulate the person on their catch. The photos that are well composed and capture, I appreciate the technical side that goes into their creation, because I've done it. However from a photographer's standpoint, it is a pretty boring portrait with only so much that can be done to make the photo unique and relateable to an audience that are not fisher-people.
What makes it boring? Glad you asked, Hey Ira!

No art galleries? Have you seen them all. I have actually seen hero fish shots in art galleries, so there goes your fact down the drain. I've also seen them bought and hung in peoples houses. That's right, hero shots of people with fish that are hung in homes of people who do not know the people holding the fish. Have you not seen the rags of sport fishing magazines? Almost everyone of them features a hero shot on the cover.
So, a handful of occurrences constitute a change in what is considered common? That a small sample variation is enough to change the scope or definition? With that logic I can confidently say that President Trump is the greatest President of our lifetime, I heard someone say so and therefore it must be true. His approval ratings be damned, no, SuperDuperNeoConservative said he's the greatest, so it must be true. C'mon dude, you're reaching now.
My point has been from the beginning that hero shots are boring because they are only interesting to those that fish, and to the vast majority of folks that don't fish, don't really care.
Your argument being, because someone you know, or you personally, think that hero shots are interesting that means they aren't boring. No, this just means that your opinion lies in the minority.
So far we know that mainstream journalism and entertainment outlets rarely(like once in a decade) publish hero shots, only sport fishing mags and websites do so because it is relevant subject matter. We can conclude that they(hero shots) don't reach an audience outside of those that participate and are passionate enough to subscribe to these specialty publications.
We know that art and culture historians don't publish hero shots, because it really has not shaped who we are as a society or as a culture. A small piece for sure, and a large piece in certain regions, but not since the Roosevelt era has it garnered large chunks of air time, and money.
We also know that advertisers selling something not related to fishing, rarely use these types of portraits. Why would this be? I mean, it is a national past time and the amount of tackle available from vendors is enormous, but is no longer widely used on a national or global scale. I don't work in advertising, but this trend in advertising is the strongest red herring of them all.
So arts, entertainment, history, and commerce have all decided not to publish and or use these photos on a large scale.
Again, my point has always been that the hero shot is considered boring. I say this because, it is rarely used outside of the fishing community, as wide ranging as it is, does not drive our society. The fact that you need me to add a little asterisk and say, "Hey, there are some exceptions to these preeminent trends, but the trend is still there guise." is really quite amusing.

...Do you realize that you are on the same pathway that many other members have taken right before they were either banned or they became so butt hurt that they quit forever? I honestly think you should walk away from this, take a breath, admit defeat, or better yet just stop. We will all forget it eventually, but if you keep pushing, we will push back relentlessly. Haven't you already seen that?
I honesty don't care if I am banned, I don't hold the connection to this community as tightly as you do. It's your world, I just stop by occasionally to help out folks with fishing matters I have first hand experience in and have the occasional discussion about relevant news in our little corner of the world. I've got thick skin, and I appreciate your concern, but I'll be fine. Unless you are trying to deport my favorite taco truck, then we've got beef :p

...At this point, you seem like the guy trolling in this thread.
Perceptive. Have you thought about a career with CIA? I hear they're still hiring case officers.
 

plaegreid

Saved by the buoyancy of citrus
My point has been from the beginning that hero shots are boring because they are only interesting to those that fish,
And skateboarding photos are only interesting to those that skateboard, and hero shots of lil old grannies holding up their knitting is only interesting to lil old grannies that knit, and photos of airplanes are only interesting to aviation enthusiasts. Your argument that a photograph is only interesting if it's universally relatable/desirable means that almost all photos are boring. If that's your stance, that's fine, too, I can get behind that. That would probably mean that the most interesting photos are from the food and porn genres, since most everyone wants a sandwich and a lay. Or maybe I'm projecting...

over and under on 10 more pages?
I'm goin' under.
 

jasmillo

Active Member
Perceptive. Have you thought about a career with CIA? I hear they're still hiring case officers.
Ouch, uhh...gut shot by your intellectual superiority. No mas, no mas!

Unchallengeably smart, and unmistakably cool. I simply cannot compete. One last question before I feebly walk away from this thread, tail tucked firmly between my legs; did you choose that avatar photo because you thought it was....not boring or not typical?
 
And skateboarding photos are only interesting to those that skateboard, and hero shots of lil old grannies holding up their knitting is only interesting to lil old grannies that knit, and photos of airplanes are only interesting to aviation enthusiasts. Your argument that a photograph is only interesting if it's universally relatable/desirable means that almost all photos are boring. If that's your stance, that's fine, too, I can get behind that. That would probably mean that the most interesting photos are from the food and porn genres, since most everyone wants a sandwich and a lay. Or maybe I'm projecting...


I'm goin' under.

What do you think would be more interesting to the average person(read: non fishermen)?

A close up of a 10” Brookie in full colors

Some random person holding a 16” brookie out at arms length with a goofy smile on their face?

Which one can you imagine being in a photogs booth at a street fair?
 

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