Sometimes you get just the right picture, but for the most part you struggle to get that perfect shot. Some photographers shoot just a few shots and try to make something out of it, and some just shoot until their thumb is numb. Some of these photographers don't really know what they are doing, and are just taking as many pictures as possible hoping to get just the right one. Few photographers spend the time to get to know the subjects they are shooting, and wildlife can be a difficult subject to shoot even for a pro. I have been very lucky in the short amount of time that I have been capturing fish on film. About 6 years ago while starting out in Alaska, I met an individual with a passion similar to my own. I have always been a fisherman since my first Steelhead at a very young age. My passion for Steelhead has taken over my life, and I there is little to no time in each day that I don't sit and think about these wonderful creatures. I am always plotting on how I can change things up just enough to fool one more fish. Maybe alittle green, mixed with pink and white will do the trick today. I often think in multicolors when I am out fishing. If a Steelhead is keying in on orange that morning, and I am throwing peach at them, I probably won't get a strike. By mixing pink, orange, and peach together, I have three times the chance that one of those colors will be the correct one. So I often pick two or three colors together that I know work on there own, as well as in combinations. Before I get lost here, lets get back to my photographer. Like I was saying, it takes a special passion to film still life photography. Soon after meeting with Brian Woobank (Of Seattle Wash.) we both knew what we would be doing together. I am still amazed now after 6 years, at the patience Brian has to wait for the right shot. I always thought that was what was happening over there under the umbrella, or off on the other side of the bank, while he just sat covered by his lenses, and his camera, always at the ready up to his eye, finger on the trigger. Well I could not have been more wrong. While I am fishing, or if I am helping out a client with a big fish, Brian is clicking away in the background. Unlike others who just click away randomly, Brian is systematically catching all any action taking place within the view of the lens. The most spectacular shots are not those cover shots, and they are not those pictures of fish five feet in the air, (Although Spectacular, and the ones the people want to see),it's the ones that show the reality of what has taken place. I am talking about sequence's that show the entirety of the whole event. I have the utmost respect for my photographer and the patience he shows every time we venture out, not only the patience to deal with the weather and the fish, but the patience to deal with a Steelhead fisherman. Now after 6 years, we have been published in Salmon Trout Steelhead Mag. (Grey Ghosts, Dec. 2006) Fish Alaska Mag. (Cover Jan. 2008) , and I am proud to say that Brain has the cover for Fish Alaska again for next months May 2008 issue. Although it hurts that I am not the fisherman holding the fish, cud-dos to you Brian, see you in May. Here are a couple of the sequence shots from the last couple king trips, July 2007.
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