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Don Dickinson
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:07 AM 09/16/08 (CST)
hey there, i'm looking for tips on taking photographs of fish while fishing alone. i usually fish muskies one or two times a week on minnetonka. i get my share of fish and have a hard time getting photos of the fish. usually i do the following:

1. if the fish is under 38" or so i don't use a net or take it out of the water unless its hooked really ugly. no picture opportunity here and that's fine with me.

2. if the fish is stressed or was hooked badly or for some reason i fear for its life, i wouldn't bother with a picture; i'd just release from the net asap.

3. if the fish is close to 40" and its in good shape, i'd like to get a nice photo. here is what i've been doing in this instance: i net it and remove the hooks. i wet down the carpet on my boat, lift the fish into the boat, lay it down next to the measuring stick, take a quick photo and release it. so far, i've had no problem with this procedure (the fish has always been just fine), but the photo of a fish laying on the bottom of the boat isn't very pretty smile smiley

any suggestions?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:25 AM 09/16/08 (CST)
Snapping off pics when you're fishing alone is actually quite difficult and you are right, laying a fish down next to a tape measurer does look ugly. Iv'e seen many pics on this site of people holding their camera at arms length and trying to snap a pic of the fish and themselves. Some of these look okay, some like junk. What I have been doing lately is if you have a livewell, put the fish in there and bee-line it to the cabin and ask someone to take the pic for you. Works well for me. I then release the fish...

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:02 PM 09/16/08 (CST)
I think the biggest thing is to make sure you're not using a really expensive (even over $200) camera to take the pictures wink smiley If you drop a camera in the drink...there goes your money in almost every case.

A cheap point and click is good enough if you're just taking a picture of the fish, since an SLR camera requies two hands to take your picture.

I lost my Kodak Easyshare after 6 months, it died and I didn't hve the receipt. It never got wet ever and I always had it in a small padded case, in the padded section of my tackle bag, and THAT wasn't even enough. My old HP 3.2 Megapixel went fishing with me for 5 years and still works to this day.

Obviously I don't bring my Canon EOS Rebel XS with me fishing for the 2 hand thing, so a cheap digital works just fine for outdoor (natural light) fish pics smile smiley

The pics on my blog from 07 are with the 3.2 Megapixel.. the natural light makes a big difference with low megapixel cameras.

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:42 PM 09/16/08 (CST)
This question does come up quite frequently and I am in the same boat as you as I fish most of my time by myself...if you were to look at the photo's that I have here at MFP they were all taken by myself...I use a digital camera in the boat all the time and the biggest thing I can recommend is learning the functions of your camera so that you are able to do them with one hand...a lot of times I leave my camera on a tripod that is sitting on the back deck of my boat...all digital cameras have a timer feature built into them and once you have learned how to set the timer with one hand, you are set to take photo's of you and the fish...usually the timer is for 10 seconds and this is enough time for you to get into position to get the photo...then take a quick look at the screen to make sure the picture looks good and release the fish back into the water...I do this all of the time and once you understand the buttons and features of your camera, you can easily get pic's of you and your fish while fishing by yourself... cool smiley

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Don Dickinson
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:16 PM 09/16/08 (CST)
the timer is a good idea. i'll have to do some prep so i know where to stand and how to quickly get the camera going and myself in the right spot. perhaps i can mount the camera on the back casting platform's seat somehow ... i fish out of the front of a bass boat and have an empty back casting deck. thanks all!
MT Pilgrim
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:41 PM 09/16/08 (CST)
Hi Don.
for a musky, I would probably take some shots of it in the water, some close ups of the head with those big teeth would be pretty cool.
I take lots of shots of fish at different angles and positions, even some underwater. I have tons of fish pics on my blog

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MT Bucket
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:34 PM 10/15/08 (CST)
Find a spot in your boat to mount your camera. Needs to be a fixed spot that will be the same every time (a boat seat will move and not be the same set up every time (Tripod takes up to much space) You can mount a camera to a post or just about anything in your boat. Line up and take test pictures until you get the shot you like and mark the spot you were standing with what ever tape/paint/? Be sure to be holding something about the same size as the fish so you have a shot that will get everything you want. Then with a fixed camera spot and a fixed standing spot using the timer you should get a great shot every time with out having to set it up each time and will allow for a much quicker release of the fish. Hope I explaned this Ok. Takes a little time to set up at first but you should only have to do it one time grin smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:22 AM 10/18/08 (CST)
I know its tougher in a boat. When I fish from shore, I will lay the fish next to my rod and reel to give some sort of size comparison, take a quick pic and let 'er go. It doesn't look as bad when the fish in in the grass as it does on the bottom of a boat. Plus, when people see a fish laying in the bottom of aboat, there is an instant thought that you kept the fish, and you will draw a lot of heat from the diehard C&R supporters. For some reason, that reaction doesn't happen when the fish is lying in the grass next to the water. . .
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