TICKETS BOOKED…SEE YOU IN A FEW WEEKS BELIZE! Black and White Caribbean
It’s only a few weeks away until my big Belize adventure begins. I’m really looking forward to this shoot, it’s going to be a great trip: 5 lodges, 3 weeks. Stay tuned for live coverage from the field.
YELLOW DOG FLYFISHING ADVENTURES SHOOT + Turneffe Flats + Belcampo + Belize River Lodge + El Pescador Lodge + Cay Caulker
SUPPORTERS + Hatch – Premium Fly Fishing Reels + Airflo Fishing + Scott Fly Rod Company + Patagonia + TroutHunter Products + DeLorme inReach
HATCH OUTDOORS | NEW ANGLERS ANNUAL 2015 CATALOG Commercial Catalog
The new 2015 Hatch Angler’s Annual is out! I’m very happy to be a small part of the Hatch family, and to be able contribute ever year. Their support has been nothing short of amazing. Big thanks and big congrats on another great year! I’m certainly looking forward to this upcoming year. Trips are on the books and things are in the works.
Also, a huge thanks to all those that help make these images possible: friends, family, fellow photogs, guides, anglers, staff, transfer agents, translators, editors, pilots and taxi cab drivers.
STAGING SOCKEYE SALMON | KULIK, ALASKA Salmon School
This is a photo of a school of wild sockeye salmon staging at the mouth of the Kulik River. Their bodies are transforming its shape and colors in preparation for their last greatest run. When the time is right, they will proudly swim up river give life and to also sacrifice their very own life too. They know their last swim is of most importance. The gloom of death doesn’t exist amongst their great purpose of living, surviving and giving back. They proudly sing their death tune like a hero going home.
THE BIG LITTLE MISS BEE Amazon Jungle, Bolivia From a distance, it just looked like any normal beehive. Then assuming, as one usual does, that Bolivian bees sting, so it’s best to stay away. But I’m not one for assuming, so upon a closer inspection; I noticed right away that these are your average bees. Factually, this specie doesn’t sting. If had only assumed from a distance I would have missed out on seeing the Miss Bee up close and personal. I would have also missed out seeing their surprising little faces and their busy little important life.
It’s called a Miss Bee because it has no sting and itch. It’s know to many that the honey has medicinal properties, which is credited the ability to cure diseases such as cataracts and conjunctivitis in the eyes as well as gastritis, heartburn and anemia.
I’m certainly glad I’m a curious person by nature, I might have missed out on observing and photographing one of the coolest little bugs I’ve placed my eyes on.
READY…SET…GO…SCRAMBLE PACK! | OFF TO BOLIVIA To the Amazon Jungle I go!
That was a few weeks, ago. I had a proximally 12-hours to pack my gear and hop on a whirlwind flight to the remote Bolivian jungles of the Amazon jungle. I’m just now returning. It all happened so fast. The normal anticipation for a trip was replaced with natural spontaneous instinct. I’m still trying to comprehend and take in that amazing trip. One place I thought I’d never see, and now a place I’ll never forget. Lucky.
What a profound experience…. Less is more
“Life is short. The world is big. It awaits your exploration. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re just taking up way too much space.” – Paul Beaver
This image is a mistake. I captured it while photographing Eagles in Alaska. In the heat of a fast follow focus; I lost my bearings for a moment, I forgot about the position of the sun. My frame went from a nice clean color to fully blown out white; I accidentally shot straight into the sun. Out of reflex, my fingers scrambled to the dials to counter the hard light while maintaining follow focus and still slamming the shutter down, this is what I captured, a mistake. The years of oddly shooting with my middle finger allowed me to spin the dial with my pointer and the thumb wheel out of habit. A little trick I picked up from my mentor years back. It’s come in handy more often than not.
I like this photo, not because it’s a technically perfected image. But for all the imperfections it has: imperfect light, imperfect focus and an imperfect style of shooting. Similar to my views on life, I tend to like the imperfections and unique characters that I accidentally stumble upon. To me, perfection is, well, boring. There isn’t much to discover below the surface.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER | DEC HOGAN Spey Casting Master
I had the opportunity to spend a few days making imagery for the Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures crew in Washington a few weeks ago. This trip Shaun lawson and I tagged along for Troy and Dec’s Spey class. I learned a lot, actually wish I’d had this instruction years ago!
Here Dec Hogan gets back in the game, tossing effortless bombs on the Grande Ronde, Washington.