OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS | PATAGONIA FLY FISH AD

TOUGH PUFF PRINT AD
Olympic Peninsula, Washington 

At one time in my career, I was in front of the lens, pictured on a few covers, a couple commercial ads, and in editorial publications. That seems so long ago. These days, I am mostly behind the lens, documenting anglers and their lifestyles and journeys. I am usually pretty good at avoiding the other end of the camera, but every now and again I get photographed. So you might say I was very surprised to see the new Patagonia Fish Ad for the new Tough Puff was of a photo of me!

This image was shot by Patagonia Ambassador Eric Paulson while we were on assignment for a shoot. I didn’t know he was quietly sniping photos while I was trying to navigate what seemed to be miles of log jams. It was already a fun trip so this image is icing on the cake. Nice shooting, Eric!

Check out their site for more information on the
new Tough Puff from Patagonia you won’t be disappointed.

+ Patagonia Tough Puff: http://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-tough-puff-hoody/81760.html




HATCH OUTDOORS | SUMMER AD 2017

HATCH PREMIUM FLY FISHING PRODUCTS
Drake Magazine summer 2017 Ad

A few new Hatch Outdoors Ads have been surfacing this summer season, I’m happy to see that we landed one of them! I say this all the time, but its true, its always nice to actually hold the fruits of our labor in print.

Getting great images in the field always take a team effort, always. This image was from a trip with Shaun lawson of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. We were at Miminiska Lodge in Ontario. On this day we were in the lake fishing for pike and walleye. Big thanks to all the anglers, manufactures, lodges, staff, guides, logistics agents, etc, who helped with the process, these images wouldn’t be created without your help and continued support.

Click the link to check out more products from Hatch Outdoors.
USA Made, Globally Fished

+ Hatch Outdoors: http://www.hatchoutdoors.com/
+ The Drake Magazine: http://www.drakemag.com/



DRAKE MAG VIDEO AWARD WINNER | BEST CONSERVATION FILM

FINDING FONTINALIS WINS BEST CONSERVATION FILM
Drake Magazine Video Awards: ICAST/IFTD

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Finding Fontinalis took home the Best Conservation Film award at The Drake Magazine Video Awards! Big congrats to the entire team — all of whom worked hard on this project. I can’t post this without giving thanks to all the sponsors, lodges, guides, writers, filmers, artists, and volunteers for believing in and supporting this very important project over the years. Without all of you, this film would not have been possible.

The Drake Video Awards is always a great night of friends, films, drinks, and food. Great job to the Drake Mag team, and thanks for always entertaining us year after year. If you haven’t been to the Drake Video Awards yet, make sure to attend the show next year in Orlando!

+ Drake Magazine Film Awards: http://www.drakemag.com/video-awards.html




Finding Fontinalis is available for purchase/download!
You can now enjoy the highly anticipated full-length feature film at your leisure.
Order a copy today!

+ Finding Fontinalis: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/findingfontinalis


Finding Fontinalis from Cinema Digital Productions on Vimeo.


 

NORTHWEST FLY FISHING MAGAZINE | COVER AND PHOTO ESSAY, ALASKA

ALASKA SEA RUN RAINBOWS
July/August 2017

I’m delighted to see the new Cover and Exposure Section of the current issue of Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine. It’s always a humbling honor to be accepted for a cover and photo essay piece.

See this and much more in the current issue. Head on down to your local shop and grab yourself a print copy or order a dual subscription and get it on your iPad, you won’t be disappointed and won’t ever miss an issue.

Big thanks to anglers: Rick Matney, Tom Melvin, Camille Egdorf, Austin Trayser, James Warren

+ Chrome Chasers Lodge: http://chromechasers.com/
+ Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine: http://www.matchthehatch.com/NorthwestFlyFishing
+ Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures: https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/

 







 

Las Pampas Lodge 2018 Video and Brochure

PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
New Media for Las Pampas Lodge

Our team headed to Las Pampas Lodge this past spring for our annual Argentina trip. Las Pampas Lodge is located in a charming old traditional town surrounded by towering peaks and small, remote waters with great hatches and willing fish. Tucked away in the heart of the Patagonia, this small town certainly has a big fishing problem.

Many thanks to the lodge team for their time and energy. We truly enjoyed filming this winter with the LPL crew and look forward to our annual return in 2018.

+ More videos: https://vimeo.com/laspampaslodge
+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/

+ 2018 BROCHURE: https://issuu.com/laspampaslodge/docs/new-brochure-2018 




 

TOP FIVE NON-PHOTO GADGETS IN MY PHOTO PACK: PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS


ESSENTIAL NON-PHOTO GADGETS + CAMERA PACK


Let’s face it, not every shoot goes smoothly. Gear breaks and stuff happens. This is why it’s really important for me to use tough dependable gear. I can’t afford gear failure, and I also can’t bring a giant tackle box to the middle of the backcountry to fix any unforeseen issues that may arise.

When I’m traveling by foot and space in my pack is limited, I can’t allow myself to drag behind and miss the shot because my pack is 80 pounds. The gear I bring is taken into substantial consideration because weight and space are top priority.

There are a few gadgets that are always in my pack, regardless of the location. These are also items that are always being used (aside from the usual photography kits of camera bodies, lenses, clothes, flash, tripod, etc.).

This is a list of my top 5 non-photo gadgets found in my pack.




FIVE ESSENTIAL NON-PHOTO GADGETS IN MY CAMERA PACK



POCKET KNIFE

Benchmade: Griptilian
Buy a good one. Don’t skimp. Although for the most part it’s used as a utility knife for everything imaginable, you’ll still need to rely on a good blade, and the $15 dollar knife isn’t going to cut it. There isn’t a place I’ve traveled that I didn’t have my knife on my belt. And there isn’t a place that I haven’t needed it — even if it’s for spreading peanut butter and jelly. It’s way better than your finger, and your companions will thank you for it.


WATER PURIFIER
LifeStraw: Go Bottle
Water is heavy, and I don’t have room for eight bottles (and they’re not environmentally responsible). I could use a bladder, but if it breaks then water will cover my camera gear, and again, water is heavy. I could do what I did years ago and drink those awful tablets or attempt to lug around a purifier, but that’s unrealistic. But there is an easy solution. I am lucky that my job is on water. I carry a reusable water bottle that contains a purifier. It’s light, and I can refill at any time of the day. The LifeStraw keeps weight to a minimum and keeps me hydrated, and that allows me to keep my energy level high. The bonus is drinking the cold water of the nature’s streams on a hot summer days. Warm bottled water anyone? No way!


HEADLAMP
LED Lenser: Seo7R Rechargeable
This is the most prized possession I carry. Being able to see in the dark is a big plus. Most of the time you never need it, but all too often I’ve found myself staying in a location until the light was gone, miles away from camp. Or I’m on the other side of the river catching the last of the sunset light. I’d never leave home without one, and in fact there is some type of lightweight headlamp in every one of my camera bags. My most used is the Led Lenser. There are many types and brands, but I suggest going with a reputable one and getting as many true lumens as possible. The more lumens the brighter the light, but brighter usually means heavier and bulkier the headlamp.


MULTI TOOL
Gerber: MP600-Multi-Plier-Needle
Gear breaks and you need to be able to quickly rig it back to some type of working condition to finish the shoot. We can’t take a toolbox, but we can take a multi-tool! I thank my friend Jerry Daschofsky every time I use this wonderful gift he sent me, which is almost weekly. This gadget goes with me on every trip. And on every trip it comes in handy. I highly suggest that you get one that is tough and that can take a beating. Things might get a bit heavier, but when you need a tool, you don’t want it to bend or break. Then you’re really screwed. See what I did there?


FIRST AID KIT
Adventure Medical Kit: All sizes
I always travel with a medical kit. Usually I have a large full medical kit at my base of operations with splints and sutures and a small personal kit on my person. The more I travel the more I realize how important this is. I’ve seen a stick through the leg (mine), deeply cut hands, a hatchet to the thigh, broken bones, and violent illnesses deep in the jungle. I’m also a member of Global Rescue.




RECAP: Top 5 Top 5 Non-Photo Gadgets

  1. Quality knife
  2. Bright rugged headlamp
  3. Purified water bottle
  4. Multi-tool
  5. First-aid kit


<+> Tip <+>
First Aid Kit + Moleskin + Medical Tape + Multi-tool = LAV Mic Solutions

So you’re doing audio and you need to hide a LAV mic — standard stuff with fishing filmmaking. Let’s say the clothing the subject is wearing rubs on the LAV mic, and it creates a horrendous sound, or maybe a clip broke and you need a mounting solution in the field. Whatever it is, some audio tinkering happens every time. Then it hits ya — you forgot your little MacGyver audio gear bag at the hotel/lodge/car/base camp/anywhere but there! Not to worry.

Get your first-aid kit out of your pack and grab the moleskin and medical tape (Transpore medical tape is a standard in every audio bag as gaffers tape causes allergic reactions in some), and with your trusty pocketknife or scissors on your multi-tool, cut the moleskin in small pieces. Use the moleskin as you would stickies or whatever audio dampener tricks you usually use. The felt side of the moleskin helps to isolate the clothing from the LAV mic. Just add the moleskin to the area you want to put the mic, tape the mic onto the moleskin, and then add moleskin over the mic area, basically sandwiching the mic while mounting it in place. Adjust as needed. Audio disaster adverted in a pinch thanks to the first-aid kit. Now don’t forget to restock the kit!


+ Effective LAV Mic techniques +
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/10/7-great-techniques-hiding-lav-microphones

 



Photography tips for the traveling outdoor photographer. There are numerous ways to get the same thing accomplished. My working photo kits are designed for me — a single shooter, usually with no assistant, working in the outdoor elements with needs to be mobile and carry all of my own gear. Of course, we all have different needs, and what works for me might not work for you. After years of trial and error (mostly error) this is my current method to the madness. Enjoy!

We’d love to hear your experiences and ideas.
Tell us more in the comment section below!





[PHOTOGRAPHY TIP ARCHIVES]

+HOW TO SHOOT IN THE RAIN: FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
BEST CAMERA BAGS: FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS



Enjoy this info?! Learn these tips and much more at our hands-on
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SWEETWATER BREWING CO | IMAGERY: SAVE OUR WATER CAMPAIGN

SAVE OUR WATER
Giving $100,000 To Protect Our Right To Clean Water And Tasty Beer

We are proud to have helped select an image for part of SweetWater Brewing Company’s new campaign. On June 1st they launched a 10th anniversary Save Our Water campaign. When we were approached with the parameters of “a great action shot of an authentic trout bum fishing a river” we sifted through hard-drives taking a hard look at the authenticity and the color palate of the overall image. This was the road we followed while high grading until the final edits. Color, or the lack of, has many great mood qualities that instill a sense of tone and authentic talent produces credibility. Add in some of nature’s great lighting, and you have a distinctive image. We couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome and hope this will help the client reach their goals.


HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: DONATE THE PRICE OF A BEER, OR TWO, TODAY


This summer SweetWater Brewing Company has include five partner organizations. SweetWater will donate $100,000 and promote a matching funds effort, with the goal of raising an additional $100,000. Save Our Water kicks off June 1 and runs through Labor Day.  For details on each partner and the history of Save Our Water, please see below.

SweetWater Brewing Co: http://sweetwaterbrew.com/saveourwater
TroutUnlimited: http://www.tu.org/blog-posts/sweetwater-brewing-save-our-water-campaign



EDITORIAL | AMERICAN ANGLER MAG | MAY ’17 ISSUE

EDITORIAL | AMERICAN ANGLER MAGAZINE
May/June 2017

It’s great to see this image in print. Big thanks to Rick Matney for always getting it done in clutch situations.

Don’t have a copy of the new mag? Head down to your local shop and grab a copy, or better yet, get a yearly subscription and never miss an issue …. support print magazines!

+ American Angler Magazine –  http://www.americanangler.com/


 

BEST CAMERA BAGS: FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS



CAMERA PACK, PELICAN OR WATERPROOF PACK?
How To Travel When You Need All Three


What’s the best camera bag for fly fishing photography? In my opinion, there isn’t one to rule them all. But there are a few ways to carry your camera gear depending on the situation, and there are some great pieces that make things easier to shoot all day on the water. However, with fly fishing photography there are many variables to factor in when carrying your camera gear that most other sports and styles of photography don’t deal with.

A professional camera pack works great. I can travel, fly, and shoot in the city, mountains, and snow with a single camera bag. The biggest hurdle with fly fishing photography is water. We are surrounded by water — a camera’s mortal enemy. We shoot on water, and we travel on water, but we also travel on foot and in boats and in rafts and on planes and in trucks, and on horses … you get the idea.

As a traveling adventure fly fishing photographer, I’m constantly dealing with different scenarios, environments, and transportation methods. It’s one thing if I’m in a drift boat all day — I use a Pelican. If I’m hiking or wade fishing small steams — I go with my favorite camera pack. What happens when you need to be mobile for both boat and wade shooting in the same day?! What if you have to travel in a plane to get there first? Well, by doing it wrong many times, I’m slowly narrowing down how to make it work.

There’s no right way, but there are ways to make it easier and more efficient to carry your camera gear and be prepared for any situation.

Packing for Air, Land and Sea
Just for fun I’m going to walk you through a general worst-case pack selection scenario: when you have to bring it all but you don’t need it all. For example, when I travel from my house in Montana to South America for trout fishing and shooting culture and cityscapes, I need to prepare to walk the city and shoot easily while keeping my gear safe and compact. Then it’s off to floating in rafts, drift boats, hiking trials and wading in, through and around deep swift water.

When traveling in numerous planes and different types of boats, a Pelican is an easy choice. It fits in the overhead compartment (don’t check your camera bodies and lenses if you don’t have to!) and is easy to work out of in a boat. From experience, I know that most of the time the camera gear gets tossed in the back of a pickup before we zoom 60 miles an hour down a bumpy dirt road. A Pelican case is a must-have for me here. BUT there are a few days where we have long approaches with a lot of gear. For this, it’s an easy choice: grab your trusty camera pack.

And then there will be a few days of all-day wading. I definitely need a waterproof pack and an easy way to change and store gear. It really sucks lugging your Pelican case on your shoulder all day, through the muck, and trying to shoot and hold your case while standing in the water trying to avoid saltwater crocodiles. Same can be said for your trusty comfortable camera pack: one wrong move and you’re in the drink, and you and all your gear are soaked and the shoot is over.

Packing Your Equipment for Travel and Field Use
If I’m really limited for space and weight but need the kitchen sink, I carry my gear onto the plane in my pack. I use an internal cube system so I can easily remove the cubed guts out of the pack shell. I check my underwater housing on the plane (this travels in a Pelican 1510 — same as my carry-on size). When I get to the location, I put my housing together, remove the padding of the Pelican and add my internal cube from my backpack. Now I’m ready for the boat.

But what if you need to use the boat to get to a wading spot or the salt flats? For this I use a waterproof pack with separate padded units for camera body and lens. I carry the longer versions of the Trekker, so I can have on my 70-200 or 100-400. I have two lens barrels and a Trekker: one with a wide angle or fixed lens and a longer one for the zoom. I keep one of these empty for fast and easy lens changing. I’ve found you can get away with using a small and a large size case with a body, and this covers your three lenses and is easy to switch in the field while standing in the water. (If you haven’t practiced this cool juggle, I suggest you give the old college try at home a few times first.) When I pack this kit for airline travel I shove it all in itself, from big to small, like a game of Tetris and use any available room to store loose end gear, such as a diffuser.

There are many uses for this kit. You now have a waterproof bag for when you’re in the boat. The Trekker can be used as you travel location to location, keeping your camera with you and available at all times. It’s no good if your camera is stuffed away and hard to get to. Using the ICU blocks you can easily switch from camera pack to Pelican case. This system allows me to mix and match for any situation and environment while being streamlined and efficient when shooting in the field. Got all that? How about a little recap.


What Pack to Take?! Refrence Chart
+ Walk wade / Day at the lake = Camera pack
+ Drift Boat, Skiff, Power Boat = Pelican 1510
+ Drift Boat / Skiff + wading = Pelican 1510 & Waterproof pack and padded case
+ Small stream hiking and fishing = Camera pack
+ Big river, lots of wading = Waterproof pack and padded case
+ Rainforest = Waterproof pack and padded case
+ Jungle = Waterproof pack and padded case
+ Kayak/Canoe = Watershed Chattooga w/ Padded Camera insert
+ Big Water Dori =Watershed Chattooga w/ Padded Camera insert


<+> Tip: Use your lens barrel holder as pouch <+> 
Are you tired of trying to find which pocket your lens cloth is in or where your rocket blower is? Most packs have the mole strap system these days; I use my smaller lens barrel on my hip belt to carry things I need constantly and at the ready. Save time and shoot more.

 


FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA PACKS



GENERAL GO-TO CAMERA CARRY EQUIPMENT


I’ve used most packs, bags, cases, and fake cases, and I’ve been known to wrap my gear in clothes. After years of use and abuse I’ve narrowed it down to these pieces of gear. (Of course there are many great brands out there that may also suit your needs.)


PELICAN 1510 with padded dividers
This case is my workhorse. There isn’t a shoot in the world where I wouldn’t go without it. It fits in the overhead, it’s tough and strong so it can be checked as luggage, and it has wheels and a handle for ease in the airport. I use the padded divider for a few reasons, namely to avoid issues with water. When you are working on water, if it is raining, or you are opening and closing your case often, there is nothing worse than needing to dry out your Pelican at the end of the day. Foam and water do not mix.

** This is a staple for all boat situations. It’s TSA and FAA approved for carry on overhead storage.


F-STOP CAMERA PACKS
I use a variety of F-Stop packs for both mountain and travel. This pack here has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect on a professional adventure pack. This goes with me everywhere. I use their “Internal Camera Units” (ICU). These ICU blocks work great with my system and style of shooting. The pack handles weight well. I’ve loaded this thing down with camera gear, tent, sleeping bag, etc. I’m sure it looked like a disaster, with stuff strapped to it, but it handled an overload of weight. It’s well made and built tough.


LOWEPRO WHISTLER 450
A tried and true top-of-the-line brand, and creators of great photography packs and padded travel gear. A great all-season and versatile pack, the Whistler BP 450 AW delivers amazing performance for wilderness photographers and adventurers.

 


DRY BAG – BACKPACKS
From the salt flats to mountain streams, these packs have been with me around the globe and are still going strong: Patagonia Storm Front and Watershed Animas. I use the padded Trekker and lens barrels with this system, which allows me to keep my gear dry in the backpack and also have access to the camera. I can wear the Trekker on my hip or mount it to my chest connectors. This is my go-to system when wading in rivers, on the salt flats, and when I’m faced with pouring rain.

 


WATERSHED CHATTOOGA
The Watershed Chattooga combined with the padded liner and divider set is a perfecto combo when weight and lots of moving water is a factor. In big water, this is my go-to bag. The seal on this bag is one of the best I’ve seen. Class 5 whitewater? 15 foot seas? Not to worry, this bag locks down tight! Along with the seal, the compression strap design is superb, and with the padded insert, you have a streamlined watertight camera bag. Now you’re ready to send it off that waterfall.



PADDED ORGANIZERS: LOWPRO TREKKER
I use the small, med, and large padded lens barrels with the Trekker chest. This system is used in conjunction with the Patagonia Stormfront pack and other Lowepro lens cases.





CAMERA PACK GADGETS


SEA TO SUMMIT PACK COVER
These come in handy more often than you think and can be used as a makeshift waterproof camera cover in a pinch. I always get a bigger size than needed, and I often use off-brand labels. Some covers are so tight that you can’t have a layer (or anything) strapped to the outside of your pack. A larger cover is more versatile, and if you ever end up hiking in the rain and shedding layers, you’ll be happy you have the extra room.


PELICAN CASE LID ORGANIZER
This gives you more room, organizational options, and allows for easy uncluttered workflow. Less fumbling on a shoot means more time for shooting or fishing. I can also store items like cards, batteries, SAT phone, lens cloths, headlamp, bug net, insect repellent wipes, sanitary wet wipes, camera cords and remote. You don’t want the little things floating around in your case. The Pelican 1519 Photographer’s Lid organizer is designed specifically for the Pelican 1510 case. It installs easily with the included screws for mounting the organizer to the lid.


REVIVE BAGS
If you have an ohhhh sh*t moment in the middle of nowhere, and there isn’t a convenient bag of rice standing by, this can help save your precious gear. It’s been my experience that if it’s in salt, you’re done by default, but if it’s in freshwater, you have a great chance of saving your gear. Those damn salt crystals and electronics just don’t get along. The standard rule applies: remove card and power. It slips into a pack and behind the padding in a Pelican case. It’s a no-brainer to have a BHEESTIE Bag on hand.


LENS BARREL
Are you tired of trying to find which pocket your lens cloth is in, or where your rocket blower is? Most packs have the mole strap system these days; I use my smaller lens barrel on my hip belt to carry things I need constantly and at the ready. Save time and shoot more.


NRS HEAVY DUTY TIE-DOWN STRAP 
NRS straps or other tie-downs can help keep your bag secured when in moving boats, whitewater, planes, bouncing truck beds, etc. I never leave home without a few in various sizes.

 



Photography tips for the traveling outdoor photographer. There are numerous ways to get the same thing accomplished. My working photo kits are designed for me — a single shooter, usually with no assistant, working in the outdoor elements with needs to be mobile and carry all of my own gear. Of course, we all have different needs, and what works for me might not work for you. After years of trial and error (mostly error) this is my current method to the madness. Enjoy!

We’d love to hear your experiences and ideas.
Tell us more in the comment section below!





 [PHOTOGRAPHY TIP ARCHIVES]

+ TOP FIVE NON-PHOTO GADGETS
HOW TO SHOOT IN THE RAIN: FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS



Enjoy this info?! Learn these tips and much more at our hands-on
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures travel and fishing photography workshops


 

NORTHWEST FLY FISHING MAG | EXPOSURE GALLERY

SALMONFLY EXTRAVAGANZA
May/June 2017

I’m delighted to see few of my images accompanied the Exposure Section of the current issue of Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine. It’s always a humbling honor to be amongst the other great photos and photographers on a photo gallery piece. Seems like it was just yesterday when I was photographing Brad Miller spinning up his favorite go to pattern in anticipation of the big bug hatch and fishing with my then roommate Brandon Prince, who was trying not to choke on a mouthful of salmonflies, because he was starving? Only a guide knows the feeling? Ha.

Head on down to your local shop and grab yourself a print copy or order a dual subscription and get it on your iPad, you won’t be disappointed and won’t ever miss an issue.

+ Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine: http://www.matchthehatch.com/NorthwestFlyFishing