Monthly Archives: October 2010
While doing some house cleaning of my hard drive I came across some video footage I shot this year I forgot about. I deleted most of the useless stuff, but I did keep the tailing bonefish video I shot with the Nikon D300s in video mode. I had the chance to splice together more bonefish tailing footage today.
I continue to learn almost on a daily basis on how to get better photos and videos.
I know this has nothing to do with fishing but it does have a lot to do with the outdoors. This is compilation of video documenting some really really cool things people have achieved. Some just seems close to impossible. I just wanted to share it.
note: a couple fake ones in there. See if you can pick them out.
This past August I was down in the Keys with the Saltwater Experience Team while they finished off their 2011 season soon. The show was about the Wounded Warriors Program sponsored by Under Armour. Kyle Maynard was also there to do a show. Kyle is quadriplegic but doesn’t let the set back stop him.
During the shoot I had the chance to pull out the Kodak Playsport a few times to do shoot some candid moments during the shoot.
A good friend of mine served 2 terms in Iraq, finished his degree at Emery Riddle and just now returned to his place of Residence…SW Florida! He is a great person who just loves the outdoors and values his time on the water when given the chance. Last Thursday I needed to pull the boat off the lift and do some regular work on her and he was up to help me out so in turn I took him fishing for a couple of hours. Fishing was slow for the most part but we caught some fish and that was all Steve needed, a little tug on the end of his line. We started fishing a big school of big black drum and I managed to get one around 30-40lbs boat side but believe it or not these fish are harder to catch than redfish when in shallow water……we left and went to look for some snook and reds to play with but only were able to get a few small snook, one big trout and a decent size Jack that made Steve’s day! The phrase of the day was….”S Florida is ******* Great, mid October and were on a boat with shorts on!” We had fun!!!
Embracing the “Magic Hour”
With big Jacks around I grabbed the fly rod – surprisingly, Steve took control of the camera to get the capture…. there was a finger print on the lens which made most photos not fixable….live and learn!
I got more teaser shots here: Saltyshores 2011 Calendar
I had a chance to go back to some photos I might have missed today.
Most of these are from the day the the tarpon was feeding like crazy.
The video of this feed has gone a little viral and has been played over 5,000 times.
A couple weeks ago I was on the East Coast with Captain John of Chaos Charters. We got on a really nice Tarpon bite. Though I failed to get a good jumping shots because of the low lights I did shoot some videos with my small camera Canon HFS-20.
The Canon HFS-20 is an excellent small camera that you can carry around almost any where. The 32 gigs of built in ram holds hours of 1080 HD footage. It even has a couple SD memory card slots if you run out of storage. Touch screen, point and shoot super easy to use with a nice crisp images. Excellent stabilizer plus the coolest feature is the ability to do a pre-record of 3 seconds.
This prerecord feature lets you point the camera to something in “pre” record mode so it’s not really recording. However when an event happens and you push the button, it records 3 seconds before you push the button.. Cool stuff right!? It’s awesome for tarpon jumping or tailing red fish footage when you don’t know exact when it is going to happen. This way you don’t waste a lot of storage of nothing on your memory card.
It has come to my attention that(man that sound like something I would hear in a class room, back in the day). Any ways, let me type like I talk and not so official sounding. Heck, I might risk actually coming across as being boring like that Star Trek convention sounding Federation Conclave thingy.
I had a couple people say to me that I’ve been a little too hard on many things surrounding the “apparent lack of effort” towards growing the great sport of fly fishing. They tell me that things are being done. They tell me things are changing, it just takes some time. To them I say, “Wow, you guys actually read what I type not just hear to see the pretty pictures?”
All humor aside, my goal of saying these things was just to light a fire somewhere. I was not saying them to offend anyone or hurt anyone on purpose. I just wanted to say things that might be constructive. You know, help things along a little. I’m by no means an expert in any of this, but I do know what others in the fishing industry are saying and doing, especially in Florida.
At the end of the day fishing, especially fly fishing, super especially the saltwater fly fishing, is a pretty small market. It is not a big battle ship that takes massive efforts to change things. Florida “IS”, the saltwater fly fishing mecca after all. I can’t think of any where else to start the positive growth than right here in my home state. (dammit, now I sound like Obama!) Anyways, you get my point.
Speaking of fly fishing and getting it to grow, my South Andros primer part one went over pretty well. If you look to the left of the website, the S. Andros Primer which only has one photo, is in the top 10 most read thread on Saltyshores since I have put it up. This is excellent! It shows interest in fly fishing there, or even just day dreaming about it. The links I put up into the article concerning clothing and such gets clicked. Yes people actually cares.
The primer is very basic and full of first hand information. You know, “real facts”, “useful information” great concept. I know like tons of people that has gone to S. Andros Bahamas and most like it so much they prefer to keep it a secret. This is great that the fishing is so awesome that they like to keep it a secret, but for the guides, the lodges, the growth of the sport, it kinda sucks.
Which brings me to full circle again. IMHO, you have to make it interesting and fun for the younger generation to want to get involve. Sharing cool trip information would be a great start. Perhaps it can pull some kids of the video games and go out side a little.
With the internet, guys like me and a handful of others finally has an outlet. Outlet for ideas, thoughts, sharing the fun and maybe just maybe, help a few people get through the day. Crazy concept!
I’m definitely not doing this for the big dollars. I do this because I like it. I get to meet cool people and go to cool places. Every now and then, I get gigs that helps with the expenses. Shooting products photos, videos, weddings, and commercials.
By the way the part 2 of the South Andros Primer is coming soon. I got it about 75% done.
” The Travel, the food and the lodging”
Here are some of the travel photos from the trip:
It is that time of year already, one of the biggest boat show in Florida is about to happen this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
I was there last year for the first time and there were definitely lots to see and lots of people to talk to if you want to spend the day there. Beyond the skiffs and bay boats I’ll be checking out big lavished high $$$ yachts and sport fishing, livin da vida loca boats that will be on display there.
Though I will be there on Friday mainly to network and see what’s new in the fishing arena there’s lots more to see than that.
Here is the official show discription.
“Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lives up to its nickname as “Yachting Capital of the World”, hosting the 51st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 28-November 1, 2010. With more than 3 million square feet of space over five locations, the show’s transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system.
Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. Added attractions include The Blue Wild Dive Show, IGFA’s School of Sportfishing and Hook the Future’s Kids Fishing Clinics.”
More Detailed information here:
BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
October 28-November 1, 2010
Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Fri. Oct 29, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 30, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 31, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Nov 1, 10am – 5pm
Prime Time Preview (Thurs. 10/29) –
$30 Online and $32 on Show Site
General Admission (Adults) –$16 Online ($18.00 at show site)
Children, ages 6-15 – $3 Online ($5.00 at show site)
Children under 6 – Free
2-Day Ticket at the show – $32 Online ($34.00 at show site)
If you wanted something smaller in an HD video/waterproof camera Kodak has got something for you. This video camera named very unoriginally, the “Kodak Mini HD” is about the size of a credit card. It’s waterproof up to 10 feet and takes 720 video. Absolutely no excuse not to have something rolling when spectacular things happen. Comes in different colors as well of course, to match your shoes.
Kodak’s Mini HD the retail is $129 but I’m thinking you can wait a few weeks after it comes out and can probably find it for $100.00 on Amazon.
Yesterday I visited the first annual South Shore Outdoor expo here in Apollobeach, Fl. to check things out.
I decided to take with me the Kodak Zi8. This a vlog type camera that right now runs about the $120.00. They use to go for about $180 last year. It has the 1080p video along with the 5mp stills just like the Kodak Playsport but it is not waterproof. However this thing does have things the Playsport does not have. It has a micro phone input for better audio. It also has a “macro” mode switch so when you get close to a subject, you can still focus. This is great for product shots and close ups. I will be using this more when I do things indoors.
Here are some 5MP stills I got from the show yesterday. Unedited just re sized to fit the web.
Sunday is the final day. Here is more details and link to the map if you are interested in checking it out today.