I’m pretty darned humbled that my image of a hand-tied fly has been included in the 2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual. For me, shooting still life is meditative; I get no greater joy than being in the moment and focusing in on one thing. In this case, it was capturing the minute details of the flies and the artistry of fly tyers. Below is my winning image, Pale Morning Dun. To give you a little bit of backstory: my father was an avid fisherman when I was growing up. He had a fly tying rig that always intrigued me. I remember being amazed that he could take a hook, some thread, and some feathers and come up with something that resembled a living fly. Fishing is one of his great passions like photography is for me. Fast forward 30 years and a client requested I source some hand-tied flies for a shoot. Naturally, my first phone call was to my dad. He sent me several of his along with others he helped source for the project. The shoot was a success. After it wrapped, I put the flies away in my prop room which contains years and years of other props, […]
Last Thanksgiving I passed on the traditional stay at home dinner and opted for a fun filled week exploring the sand dunes of Glamis, CA. The mix of the mad max mayhem juxtaposed against the beautiful vast dunes provided for an experience of a lifetime (which I can’t wait to repeat). Here’s an image I shot with my Sony 7R. I was less than ten feet from BJ Baldwin’s truck when I captured this image. (I’m amazed at how fearless I am behind the camera). I was so close I could feel the vibration in the ground as the paddle tires tore up the sand! The power of BJ’s Trophy Truck is awe inspiring! But what is really impresses me is his prowess behind the wheel that is proven by his multiple first place finishes. Thanks for the photo op BJ!