A new Hatch Outdoors Ad hits print in winter issue of the The FlyFish Journal. This image was created on the pristine flats of Cuba with Tom Melvin and Avalon fishing guide Keinlert… and of course a Hatch 7+ Plus. We got really lucky, and had great fishing for the shoot. And yes, real actual fish were actually caught for the creation of this shoot.
AURORA BOREALIS | 16 SECOND TIME-LAPSE Wrangell, Alaska
I’ve accumulated dozens of time-lapse shorts over the years. I’ll be slowly trickling these out from time to time. This was shot during an assignment in Alaska in 2014. The night before our departure I randomly walked outside and by luck I spotted the starting of the Northern Lights. I scrambled for my gear and set-up a time-lapse. I got lucky, right place and the right time.
FINDING FONTINALIS | FLY FISHING FILM TOUR CUT F3T Film Trout 2016
Cinema Digital just released a cut of a new feature film titled Finding Fontinals. The film cut debuts on the 2016 F3T: Fly Fishing Film Tour. Check out the teaser and see the special cut of the film at a F3T screening nearest you.
“An old gaucho’s tale inspired the search for a new world-record brook trout; but the water, landscape and the culture surrounding it became the impetus to conserve and protect it all. This F3T cut of Finding Fontinalis, a new feature film from Travis Lowe (coming fall 2016) takes you to the heart of Patagonia and one of the last remaining, world class brook trout fisheries. Featuring Bart Bonime, Bryan Gregson, Agustin Fox and Yvon Chouinard, Finding Fontinalis exposes you to both jaw-dropping landscapes and hook-jawed trout.”
AMERICAN ANGLER MAGAZINE | EDITORIAL January/February 2016
I’m always thrilled to see my images in print, no matter how big or how small or the location where it’s placed. It’s just really nice to hold a photograph. I had a few images make it into the American Angler January/February 2016 issue. TroutHunter Henry’s Fork River guide, Brad Miller, was shot here spinning up one of his monster Salmonflies for the upcoming big bug season. It’s certainly a staple in my box.
Head down to your local shop to get your copy today, or better yet, sign up for a yearly subscription.
PHOTO BEHIND THE COLOR | NEW PATAGONIA SUNSHADE PATTERN Patagonia mens sunshade 2016
My friend Kim Brannock, a passionate designer working with Patagonia, sent me a note letting me know some of the new gear she has been was working was just released. She mentioned there is one piece I’d be interested in seeing, particularly the color. I was thrilled to see my image helped create a new pattern color for the Patagonia Men’s Sunshade shirts. When she was designing she piece she was browsing through the Patagonia photo archives selecting images for creative ideas. She picked the photo from a big pile of photo selects, and only learned that it was mine later. Random luck! I’m very happy to see my work being used in such a unique and creative way. The bonus part, it’s a piece of gear I practically live in when traveling in the field, and a piece of gear I was using when I took the photo. I couldn’t be more pleased.
A big thank you to the creative unsung hardworking designers who are creating and engineering gear that performs in tough conditions. When I am out on assignments I need to be focused on the shoot and not worried if my gear is going to hold up. So the next time you’re comfortable out when it’s cold or dry when its wet, don’t forget to thank the design team, its a big task!
Last year I lived fewer days at home than the year before. 365 days raced by faster than ever. I saw many things outside my tiny bubble. I got a little older. I made a resolution and I completed it. I proved to myself that you can do anything you are determined too do. I quit smoking.
I traveled over 95,975.6 miles, explored 2 Continents, 2 Oceans, 2 Seas, 8 Countries, 10 US states, which took 39 planes, 52 taxis, 15 boats, 8 buses, countless interstates, miles of dirt roads and many months. I was only detained 2 times, near 1 earthquake, saw 1 volcano starting to smoke, was a victim of 1 petty robbery, I thankfully had 0 Global Rescue calls and only twice I landed in a middle plane seat. I experienced so many amazing places, met so many inspiring people. I became better acquainted with my camera and myself. Overall it was a mind opening success.
I realize more and more how big the planet really is and how much I really don’t know about any of it and how tiny my little bubble really is. I saw the humility of the poor. I watched desperate acts by desperate people. I observed hungry children searching for food. I understood a little more that food and clean water is a luxury. I learned once again basic human needs are not always basic, and often times they are very complex and complicated. I questioned everything. I am profoundly touched.
Every year I learn I need to be more compassionate, more caring and more understanding. Many people are struggling to survive. I learned yet again that life is really short and I only get one shot at it. I need to embrace it and do something worthwhile with it.
Another year of grateful opportunities have come and gone and I’m looking forward to new possibilities ahead. I feel very fortunate to have so many great people supporting me, thank you all!! … Hello 2016