Archive for the ‘Pictures’ Category

The ultimate camera case? I was persuaded…

Secondary reason for posting this: those of you serious about your fishing photography have probably spent enough on it to make protecting your gear a priority while on the road or in the air. For you, the people at Pelican Cases believe they have the answer (hat tip to Moldy Chum for the link)…

Now, the primary reason for posting this: those of you in your mid-50s and older, who grew up watching British TV – how far did you get through this video before a certain episode of The Persuaders came to mind (where the denouement starts at the 49:07 mark)?

“You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been doing to that case…”

I set the bar at five seconds…

Kilnsey in all its glory

Shortly before Christmas, Fred Bainbridge and I visited the delightful Kilnsey Park fishery in Yorkshire.

Good fishing, an abundant farm shop and cafe for the peckish and one of the best settings of any fishery I’ve visited.  I was pleased enough with the panoramic photo I got in the resulting feature (TF 440) but it wasn’t a patch on this superb effort by Yorkshire Sam, whose Flickr homepage suggests that he is no stranger to work of this calibre.

Ugly possibilities at Prettyboy Dam

Who in heaven’s name calls a dam Prettyboy? That’s like calling a Sherman tank ‘Marcia’.

No denying the very macho latent menace in this photo, however. A picture with a difference and one of the most attention-grabbing fishing shots I’ve seen, although that type of setting wouldn’t be for me personally.

I’d be too scared I hadn’t had the memo about the valley being flooded…

If Freud had fished…

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.You will never see your landing net in the same light again

Seems like it’s OD on Metaphor Week at the advertising agency handling the account of Slovakia’s Carex Condoms, where we must assume that catch and release is very much frowned upon.

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Pic of the Day (although, in fairness, the prize may have already been claimed) – Lake Eucumbene, NSW, Australia

Doing the Coquet proud

I read a lot of local newspaper fishing reports as part of my job. The who-caught-what snippets provide useful raw material for fillers in the Trout Fisherman pages from time to time and the correspondents who do the thankless ring-around  to track down stories each week are among fishing’s unsung heroes. I doubt even they would ever pretend that their brief allows them much scope  for exploring angling’s aesthetics, however.

Which makes Andrew Gibson’s photographic tribute to the River Coquet in the Newcastle Journal recently all the more outstanding. Had the paper run the photos with click-through links to a wallpaper-size version of each shot, it could have had a minor traffic spike on its hands.

More of this, please, local press.

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Pic of the Day

Desktop wallpaper – the ones that got away

I keep thinking there’s a website opportunity out there where we can pay tribute to all those images on the Internet that aren’t wallpaper size but should be.

Whether it would  a campaigning site (“upload a 1024 x 798 version or we’ll find out where you live”) or just a lament for beauty that never did itself full justice, I don’t know but I do know this photograph of an Alpine brook trout lake, courtesy of Trout Underground, would be linked to on there somewhere.

Not sure about the cap, which from here looks a bit 1890s baseball retro, but otherwise it’s perfect.

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Pic of the Day

Two for your Bookmarks

When you write for a living, just looking at pretty pictures can feel as good as a hot bath on a cold day.

Two plugs for other websites to start the week, then. Firstly to Up’North – Maine Fly Castings, for one of the best mastheads in the angling blogosphere and an instantaneous visual suggestion that this is not just another fishing blog (although I’m afraid I’ll have to exempt Derplo from the ‘pretty pictures’ comment).

Secondly, to photographer Mark Lance, a fine exhibition of whose work around the globe can be found at River Light Images.