There is something to be said about the power of an image that moves people. Sure we have heard it a million times a picture is worth a 1000 words, right? Well for me there is more to these pictures then meets the eye. Two years ago I never touched a camera, I had a class assignment in a college photography class to light paint, I was struggling to even pass the course. I had this idea to place a group of my Nike shoes on my dorm bed and started experimenting with light. Since that moment I have been obsessed with and pushing the limits of light in photography.
Growing up in Idaho I found a passion for riding Sleds, Dirt Bikes, and being outdoors in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. Last fall I had the privilege to meet up with Jason Littlefield, who sparked my interest in fly-fishing photography. I noticed something missing in the fly-fishing and snowmobiling marketing allowing me to find my niche in pushing the limits of light using off camera flash. The picture below is an image I took of Jason using flash as a thunderstorm moved in on us, combining portraiture and landscape to make this one of my personal favorites.
Recently, I contacted Jason and asked if he wanted to be involved in an idea I had of combining the elements of water and light together with fishing. As I continue to learn from others, I noted that Red Bull uses this same method with their athletes. I decided to bring this elements to the hobbies we partake of here in Idaho. I used a large black backdrop, three strobes, four garden hose, and a subject/model that was willing to be soaked in water in the middle of February in freezing temperatures, thankfully I found some crazy people. I am delighted to show the images below of how using water and light turned out. This is just the beginning and will continue pushing the limits of light. The opportunities are endless and cannot wait to create different styles, techniques, and settings as soon as the weather warms up with the help of Jason as a model again.
This summer is going to be one wild adventure. Throughout the week I will be taking pictures of fly-fishing, dirt bikes, and the breath taking beauty of Idaho. While on the weekends I will be shooting Weddings and engagement pictures. I am heading towards pushing the limits of lighting with off camera flash this year, but I’ll be the first to admit that I have never really fly fished before. I see how my background of photography and video can make a difference in changing the elements of light in fly fishing and get others excited about finding beauty within fishing and throughout the rocky mountains.
This summer I have a lot of plans for taking pictures and make videos of the best places for fishing throughout Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. I have all the camera gear I will need to complete this documentary, and now am looking forward to purchasing some of my first fly-fishing gear this spring. Which brings me to the purpose of this blog. I need assistance/suggestions from you on the best fly-fishing gear that can last all summer long. I will be fishing med-large rivers and streams throughout the Rocky Mountains and then a special trip to Alaska to. My hopes and dreams are that I can share what I find and the different experiences I have throughout my trips. I look forward to hearing from you and possible places to explore.