OK boys and girls. Here's a topic for you. Help me out. Give me some ideas about taking digital photos when fishing alone in my tube. A single shot angle of a fish laying on the stripping apron gets boring after awhile. Here are some of the ones I'm using currently. Can you add to these? (If not, maybe you can use some of them.) 1. Fish laying on stripping apron, taken from seated position in tube. 2. Fish held out at arm's length against attractive background (water or shore). 3. Shot taken over the front edge of the apron, down into the net. 4. Fish held up in net against attractive background. 5. Aerial shot holding camera up above at arm's length, shooting down onto fish laying on stripping apron. This one, against the painted measuring graphic on a tube apron gives size perspective. 6. Bent rod shot (courtesy of Tube dude). Hook a fish. Get out your camera and shoot the bent rod with a good background. 7. Scenery shots. 8. "End of day" shot of sunset. 9. Equipment shots of tackle and rigged tubes. 10. Shots of other anglers fishing and catching. Help me out here with good camera angles and composition. I'm a photography duffer and I want to improve without all the hassle of becoming a pro. I don't keep very many fish so bringing them home on the camera is important to me. zonker
I thought a lot about this issue on the last thread where it came up. The bottom line is that wondering how you are going to get a good picture of that monster you just caught is a much better problem to have than wondering when you are going to catch a fish worthy of a photo
I often fish alone and have run into the same problem. One thing I can do with my camera is flip the digital screen 180 degrees. That way I can take pics of myself with whatever I have, because I can see the screen. It's still at arms length, but at least my face gets some screen time.
Ah, the age old dilemma of picture shooters through the ages: how to take the best possible shot under the worst possible circumstances. No doubt about it. Tubing is often a solitary pursuit. That means that you must be resigned to taking shots without yourself in them. Unless you can coerce a fellow photog to come along and record some pixels of yours truly, you gotta go with what you got. When I started writing my tubing book, that is one of the things that immediately became apparent to me. Most of my tubing shots are of dead fish, with tube, or fish temporarily laid out on a tube for a picture, hoping the fish would not flop back into the water before you recorded the event for posterity. Lost a few good fish like that. Okay. They won. Good on them. If you tube with others, and you are the only guy with a camera, take a lot of flattering pics of the other anglers. They love that. It will also add to your own portfolio of friends' pics. You never know when one of them will "go away" and the pics will be all you have left. And, in a happy way, recording the success of others on the same trip is almost as good as recording your own. And, once more, if you are the photographer (and director), you can arrange positions and light angles to tell the story better. Too often when you are both angler and photographer you have to grab what you can get and move on...hoping for the best. Sounds like you have a creative mind and some experience at staging good shots. Your past contributions on this board have been great. Nobody would complain about the content or the quality of the pics you have served up so far. I personally never get tired of looking at naked fish pictures. Piscatorial pornography. Yeah! All I can suggest is that if you watch the bank for interesting patches of blooming flowers, uniquely shaped trees or stumps, pretty rocks or rock piles, you can select the backdrop for some fishing pics. Then, all you have to do is catch a photogenic fish, keep it alive and healthy long enough to pose it in your preselected picture, shoot the shot and send the fish back home to mama. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with fish held at arm's length, against the backdrop of beautiful scenery and photographed in a manner that records the mood of the day as well as the catch. I have long subscribed to the philosophy that trout don't live in ugly places. Why not show them both off when you can?
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