Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hold Steel.

While the Deschutes has continued to produce some great wild steelhead for me, there has been a chill in the air that has the feel of an impending end to the season.  With that in mind I've been looking through the season's photos and can say without hesitation that it's been a good one.  I also noticed that good, clear photos of steelhead were pretty scarce and and my eye started gravitating towards the high number of botched photos; blurry, splashing, moving fish and moving water.  And I couldn't help but think there's something more honest about these photos and how they portray the scene as it actually was.

I think there are some things that cannot be described by a post-card worthy hero shot.  How often is it wayy more chaotic than that?  Tangled lines, near misses with the net, falling in the water during the chase, and desperately grabbing at a wildly flailing fish as you drop your camera in the mud.

It's what makes it fun.

I'd like to think that some of these shots are the result of an increased awareness about fish mortality.  When I view photos of fish I hope to see water actively dripping off of the fish if it's not already partially submerged in the water.  I also don't like to see photos of fish that are clearly a good distance from the bank.  It makes sense to me that a well played fish that's been kept in the water will have a higher potential to ruin your selfy than one that's been played to death.

But, you know, it could also just be the skill level of the photographer.

But maybe I'm just over-thinking it.  Mostly I just thought these blurry photos looked neat.  Cheers and happy Halloween.


Matt said...

Hey Brian,
I'm with you. Whenever I see some photo a fish that looks like it's perfectly dry or otherwise mishandled (boga used on a carp/bass, etc.), it ruins the photo for me.
Nice work on your blog and photos. Really enjoy them.

fishkamp said...

Hold Steel. Ha! That is the best title ever for this post.

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