Fly Fishing & Photography (Digital SLR camera management?)

Mike

Active Member
#16
I use a digital SLR when fishing. How and where I plan on fishing dictates how I carry the camera. In small waters I put the camera on a belt and carry it in a small Ortlieb waterproof bag. If I am fishing deeper water or flats, I keep the camera in a small waterproof bag and carry it in a back pack (Camelback Cloudwalker). The pack allows me to wade deeper and should I take a spill, the camera is still (mostly) protected. When it is raining, I use a compact digital.

You can throw monopod in the pack or a light tripod in the pack if you are fishing alone. Both will allow much better shots n low light conditions when contrast and fishing are the best. My Canon has a remote trip so I don’t need to worry about using a timer. The Nikon should offer the same option.

You have the camera, use it and enjoy it. It may take a swim one day, but at least you will have gotten something out of it. Not using it is like have a nice fly rod that sits at home coz you are afraid it will break. All both of them will do is depreciate. That is unless you have one of Kent’s bamboo rods.

Mike
 
#17
So you for those of you who fish alone with an SLR, you carry a tripod, catch a fish, and then set up the tripod, compose the shot-zoom, frame, focus- and then use a remote or timer?

You do all of that all the while hanging onto a fish you just caught? If I'm hearing you right, that's just too much hassle for me. It's not wether I want I to get my camera wet, it's the bulk of carrying it, time and hassle, and time spent handling the fish that makes it not worth it for me. In a boat, or on a beach where I'll be fishing one spot, and I set up a tripod, then yeah, I use an SLR too, but I can't imagine the hassle of composing a shot with an SLR with one hand on the camera/tripod, and the other on a large wild steelhead.

I use my SLR plenty. But I use it where I've got two hands and the ability to set up the shot and make it worth it.

Jeff
 

Kent Lufkin

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#18
kodiaksalmon said:
. . . .I use my SLR plenty. But I use it where I've got two hands and the ability to set up the shot and make it worth it.
IMHO, Jeff hits the nail square on the head here.

The real question is: what is it you're trying to do? Be a quasi-professional photographer taking artsy fishing shots? Or be a fisherman making the most of his day on the water.

For my money, you won't do either well if you try to do both at the same time.

K
 

agent montana

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#20
alpinetrout said:
For wading, just keep it in a dry bag, and if you're really worried, buy camera insurance. Always use the neck strap. In a boat it's tough to beat a Pelican case. Insurance is way cheaper.
Yeah I am with Alpine! Insurance is way cheaper and when they do go dunk you simply get it fixed or get a new one! Your point & shoot will never compare to the SLR..no comparison..A pelican box in the boat is almost a requirement. A dry bag with a strp thrown to the back is essential when out...
 

alpinetrout

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#21
Kent Lufkin said:
IMHO, Jeff hits the nail square on the head here.

The real question is: what is it you're trying to do? Be a quasi-professional photographer taking artsy fishing shots? Or be a fisherman making the most of his day on the water.

For my money, you won't do either well if you try to do both at the same time.

K
That's precisely why I carry both an SLR and a P&S when I'm out. The P&S is handy for quick snapshots, but I still have the option of setting up a good shot with the SLR if something comes up that deserves it.
 

yuhina

Tropical member
#22
alpinetrout said:
That's precisely why I carry both an SLR and a P&S when I'm out. The P&S is handy for quick snapshots, but I still have the option of setting up a good shot with the SLR if something comes up that deserves it.
Now I know who is the photo nuts...:beer2:
 

Mike

Active Member
#23
Kent Lufkin said:
IMHO, Jeff hits the nail square on the head here.

The real question is: what is it you're trying to do? Be a quasi-professional photographer taking artsy fishing shots? Or be a fisherman making the most of his day on the water.

For my money, you won't do either well if you try to do both at the same time.

K
I don’t think that photography and fishing are mutually exclusive. Do whatever is that you want to do. It is your experience. I find that some days I take more photos than fishing. That is normally when the fishing is best. It is when the fishing gets difficult that the camera gets put away.

kodiaksalmon said:
So you for those of you who fish alone with an SLR, you carry a tripod, catch a fish, and then set up the tripod, compose the shot-zoom, frame, focus- and then use a remote or timer?

You do all of that all the while hanging onto a fish you just caught? I use my SLR plenty. But I use it where I've got two hands and the ability to set up the shot and make it worth it.

Jeff
Taking pictures when fishing isn’t always just pictures of fish. The 2 shot below were taken at the end of the day when the light was low. If I did not have the tripod, they would not have been possible. These shots provide end caps to a couple of different fishing photo albums. Folks carry extra fishing gear in their vests, what about extra phography equipment.

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It is whatever makes you happy.

Mike
 
#26
wow... another two cents.... after trashing an om `1 in a boat in the keys and years of dunking and drying a canon F 1 and most recently packing a EOS 1 and all the lenses in a pelican case and/or zippered waterproof bag (what i recommend if you slr,sagebrush dry goods out of dillon,MT yellow bag can hold slr and somewhat large lense) i've decided to shit all the heavy gear because im tired of carrying it and not really using it.... going with the compact digital and not waterproof either because i like playing with expensive stuff near water (when you dunk it, immediately take out the batteries,dry it off, put on the dash and take a drive...worked for the EOS)...... i got converted to compacts watching my buddy blind snap fish close ups with a little oly while i was trying the same with EOS,100 mm macro, and tripod.... all good stuff coming out of your pocket.....
 
#28
I agree with Mike 100% when he says that "I don’t think that photography and fishing are mutually exclusive."

I carry my digital SLR with me on the river every time i go out. Currently I carry a EOS Rebel and a decent quality sigma lens. Most days I keep it tucked inside my chest waders, in a large ziplock bag, and take it out to shoot. I also never take the neck strap off. My personal feeling is that the photography is almost as enjoyable as the fishing. I usually have the camera out about 50% of the time ... It is just as satisfying to me to capture the moment of of a fishing experience as it is to land a nice fish!

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=7197

The one thing this thread has reminded me to do is call and get insurance tomorrow. LOL.

yuhina: great shots on that site .. thanks for the link
 
#29
Mike said:
Taking pictures when fishing isn’t always just pictures of fish.....
It is whatever makes you happy.
Agreed. But for the amount of time I go out hiking with my SLR, or carrying it while hunting, I've got enough time behind it, and tons of pics. I don't need to fiddle with my filters, f-stop, tripod, swapping film, swapping lenses and so on. Just me....

Jeff
 
#30
2 x drybag is enough...or just a great balance. DSLR brings a lot of joy both during and after the trip. On this one I got 1 drybag and the camera inside my jacket (back-pocket)







IS lens is a great advantage as well, otherwise "boat-to-boat" pictures are hard to get focused....
 

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