Words and Images from Ed Felker

If you’re only going to catch one fish…

…might as well be a nice one.

I hit the river this morning for a couple hours with one goal in mind: to get a little more proficient with my Olympus TG-1 and the new fish-eye lens converter I just got for it. It’s supposed to produce better, more dynamic underwater photos. And with my trip to Montana just over a week away, I don’t want to be fumbling with my settings when I get the chance to shoot a cutthroat in those beautiful, clear Montana streams.

There are three different underwater settings for this camera: landscape, action and macro, each with a flash option. So there really is a lot of experimenting to be done to find the best settings for particular underwater photo opportunities. I wanted a fish subject but wasn’t having much luck until this beauty came along. All these photos are of the same cooperative smallmouth, the only fish I caught today.

Most of the photos were taken with the lens zoomed in all the way. I don’t know why it was set like that, but I’m glad I looked at the images with the fish still in my hand so I could back off and get some decent shots of the entire fish.

Having said that, I am very pleased with these oddly abstract close ups!

There’s the big fella! He was a real beauty, easily 16″ I think, and very thick.

Pretty clear underwater image, considering the water isn’t exactly gin clear. But it’ll take more practice to really dial in the best way to shoot these scenes.

See you next time, pal!


5 responses

  1. Great photos but I really love the last one…it says so much about your relationship with the river and its fish. That fish is gonna have some tales to tell his buddies, LOL!

    September 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  2. James Romanyak

    Ed, they all look pretty good! I’,m expecting some great Montana shots!

    September 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  3. Love these images, especially the first one! Based on your earlier posts I purchased this camera last month to replace a point-and-shoot that was dunked in the Potomac River during a canoe trip.

    I’m still working on figuring it out, but so far I’ve really enjoyed it for a variety of outdoor activities and a trip to the beach. If you have any additional insights as you work with it, I’d really appreciate hearing about them. Thanks again! Tricia

    September 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  4. Your photos are just wonderful! The colors of the fish are so beautiful! Debra

    September 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  5. Great photos and catch! The fish looks sooo glossy and beautiful.

    September 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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