November 25, 2011

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This outing with Rick (Katharine’s brother) had two purposes: to take photos of Rick fishing and a chance for Rick to fish (most important).  On a Saturday at the end of September Katharine and I decided to join Rick on a expedition up Santa Anita Canyon to catch small trout in the pools of the stream along the trail.

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Rick brought his Tenkara (collapsible fly rod which doesn’t include a reel) to compare against ours because they have different lengths and stiffness.

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Before heading out Katharine and I tried to figure out which shots we wanted.  One we discussed was a macro shot of the fly sitting on the water. Low light and moving water always complicates the shot a little bit trying to catch the subject and not dip your camera in the stream.

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Then there are some unplanned shots to just capture the activity and the moment.

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While standing behind Rick, not to startle the fish I saw a great future Tenkara advertisement.  Katharine posed with our Tenkara so I could position the rod better.  The idea was to capture their logo on the end of the rod in the foreground while the tip of the rod extended out into the background.

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After going home I looked at Tenkara’s website to see if they had any stock ad photos, sure enough someone else already thought of that shot.  It is the sixth photo in their gallery.  Although it’s discouraging to see my idea already used it’s nice to know my eye is picking the right arrangements.

While hiking we also took some photos of mountain bikers and the scenery.

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Overall we had a lot of fun and it is always nice to escape to these little havens of nature just outside of LA. And little did we know a month later Rick and his wife would decide to move to the East Coast, making this likely our last fishing trip together in the Los Angeles area.