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Making of "Fly Fishing"

October "The Outdoors" photo contest winner · 12-09-2012 · By PF Staff in Photo Contests
Making of

The main element about making of this picture was being in the right place at the right time.  This was taken at Yellowstone National Park along the Madison River.  I was there with my two sons and a nephew.  We were staying in West Yellowstone and the night before was a late night.  I woke up early and decided to drive into the park while the boys slept.  I had the 55-300mm on the camera as I was looking for wildlife.  I pulled over to this area and there was this fantastic mist coming off the river and a light fog above.  It was bright enough as the sun was trying to burn through.  I probably could have used a little wider lens, but there was no time to change it.  I waited and got the fisherman in mid cast, took another shot, and within two minutes the fog and the mist were replaced with sunshine.

Equipment & Settings Used

  • Camera: Pentax K20D (Hand held)
  • Lens: DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED (at 55mm)
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400
  • Aperture: F14
  • ISO: 200 (with expanded dynamic range)
  • Shooting Mode: Av
  • Metering: Multi Segment
  • File Format: RAW
  • Color Space: Adobe RGB
  • White Balance 500K


Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.

I did lower the brightness a little.  I also boosted the clarity, vibrance, and saturation a little.   I also had a speck of dust on the sensor, so I had to clone stamp that spot out.  Then I cropped the picture.

Here is the original photo (click to enlarge):

Fly Fishing

-ramseybuckeye, winner of photo contest #74

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Tags: fly fishing, pentax k20d, photography, cameras

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halfspin [Delete] Dec 10th, 2012 7:09AM

Where the frack is the star rating thingy?

lightbulb [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 9:23PM

Glad to see quite a few fly anglers happen to be Pentax DSLR owners!

ramseybuckeye [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 7:28PM

I appreciate all of the comments, thank you! And pericombobulation, take the camera and the rod.

smf [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 4:32PM

Congratulations, Tom! What a gem!

Nick Clark [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 3:38PM

Great work Tom.

tessfully [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 3:13PM

Congratulations Tom... I absolutely love this image!

hcc [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 2:40PM

Great shot. Very, very nice.

Schmidlapper [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 2:32PM

Great photo and your PP was spot on in finishing the process. I suspected this was going to be the one to beat.

WSG [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 2:22PM


pericombobulation [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 12:43PM

I love this shot - it makes me want to get outdoors and find a good trout stream. Not sure at this point if I'd bring my camera or my fly rod. Decisions, decisions! :-)

Nammo [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 9:34AM

Great shot! The original is already so spot on I would personally be a bit hesitant to tweak it at all.

lukulele [Delete] Dec 9th, 2012 7:10AM

Nice work Tom!