Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Little Flare...

It's no surprise really that a camera with a plastic lens would flare, and flare a lot given the situation of photographing a back light a scene where the sun is prominently arranged in the upper left corner, even a Leica or Carl Zeiss lens would do that. I don't think however that the given the same conditions a Leica or Carl Zeiss lens would give a flare with any kind of texture as is the case of this recent photograph I made while fishing with my friend Emily aka "The River Damsel".  We were fishing Salt Lake's Big Cottonwood Canyon creek on a mid summer's evening, fishing tenkara style, Emily's first experience with the Japanese style fly rod, and we came up this spot on the creek, I knew I there was a photograph waiting to be made.

I really like the texture, it kind of looks like what the same scene would look like if squinted your eyes, don't you think...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tenkara Summit 2012 Day II

Day two of the Tenkara Summit 2012, was more visually interesting   to me, because it involved fishing and demonstrations on the Provo River, everywhere you looked you could see anglers casting their tenkara rods, it was a beautiful site to see.  One of my favorite moments and photographs was watching one of the other speakers from Japan cast into this riffle.

Another favorite photograph of mine...

I wish I knew or remember the names of the people I was photographing.  Despite my college background in journalism, I just get wrapped up into making photographs that I usually forget to ask for names..

 That being said, this is John, from Tenkara Guides LLC, who were Sponsors of the summit showing us how it's done.
I can't say enough about how much I appreciate all that went into bringing the Tenkara 2012 Summit to my home, it was a unique experience to meet other like minded anglers. I hope that it happens again next year, and it comes back to Utah again  too.

Tenkara Summit 2012 - Part I

It's difficult trying to photograph and event an participate in it at the same time, which was the  challenge I had recently at the 2012 Tenkara Summit, that was in my home town, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Despite this challenge, I think I  I managed to do both fairly well at the summit. I found the conference to be successful and I hope that the organizers did as well. Aside from photographing it, I wanted to go attend to learn more about tenkra fishing and to meet other like minded anglers, many of whom I had only know through other blogs and Facebook.

The summit was a two day event held in Salt Lake City on the first day and on the Provo River the second day.  The first day consisted of a few lectures on the history of tenkra fishing in Japan and other things as well as casting, fly tying and other related fly fishing demonstrations.

The summit's keynote speaker, Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, came all the from Japan, he is widely regarded in Japan and abroad as tenkra fishing master. I really wish I could speak Japanese so I speak with him, because he is incredibly passionate about fishing.

One of my blogging and Face Book friends that I was anxious to meet was Anthony Naples, who did the amazing poster for the summit.
After the formal events ended for the day, I did a little fishing in a very urban location in Salt Lake City, with another Face Book and blogging friend, Karel from "Tenkara on the Fly".  I had a a photograph of our fishing, but it didn't turn out. Sorry Karel! I guess you'll have to come back to Utah for that opportunity or I guess I can visit you.  I also met Ashley and Brian from Learn Tenkra dot com, it was great to meet them and learn how much of a fan of my photography they are. Thanks you two and thanks for the video!
I will end this chapter of the 2012 Tenkara Summit with portrait I did of another of my Face Book blogging friends that I wanted to meet at the summit, the "Troutrageous" "Tenkara Sasquatch" Mike.

Now on to day two for some fishing photographs!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Salmo Trutta Again

When I first get a roll of film back,  I give the twelve frames a quick once over, and I know instantly which frames will be scanned or printed right away and then there are other images that take a while an grow on me after a while.  This photograph was one that fit into the latter group, because I first made this photograph about two months ago, and I keep coming back to it every time I look at the roll of film.  When I first got the roll back I thought it wasn't sharp enough and a little over exposed.  
So I scanned this  photograph of this lovely brown trout that my friend James caught a few months ago, and that I shot using the macro lens for my Holga.  I kind of think that the lack of sharpness is how trout see the watery world the live in. What do you think?