SOMETHING OF A SELFIE. When fishing solo and trying to capture that believe-it-or-not moment, finding a way to photograph that memorable catch can be a challenge. We debate the pros and cons of some tactics and share some tips for getting the evidence (and a better pic) in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Stay focused. The timer-triggered camera caught the tacklebox and rod butt in the foreground as its focus, but you get the picture. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 6/26 – Solid summer day. Hi 82, Lo 60, Wind S@10.
Tomorrow: Wed 6/27 – Make it a pair! Hi 81, Lo 58, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:41AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 8:22PM Moonset 4:57AM
Overhead: 12:13AM Underfoot: 12:37PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00AM. Catch a hot bite at sunrise and moonset in today’s Edge Hour with the power of the growing full moon.
ON TIME. Dedicate a position in the boat for a timer-based camera to sit as you get ready to take a photo of a fish by yourself. Taking a few test photos before hitting the water will show you where you need to be. While it’s not always possible, have a backup spot to put the camera on the other end of the boat that gets all of you, and the fish in when the light is from the opposite direction. A five- or ten-second timer works best to give a few extra moments to get set.
SELFIE. C’mon – you can do it! Sure you lose that parallax by holding the fish out and back behind you and the camera up in front, but the full wingspan of phone in one hand, fish in the other creates for a unique photo. Or maybe snuggle up all Bill Dance-like and get close-frame with your catch, especially for smaller species like crappies and bluegills.
NATURAL…SORT OF. The bank or net shot is a good option too, and using a rod or other measurable object can help provide context to the fish. However, you risk damaging the skin and slimecoat of the catch by placing it on the ground for a photo. Try to find a moist area close to the water to limit stress and injury if the fish is to be released, or keep it submerged in the mesh of the net.