Don’t Rock The Boat… OR Do You? — Wilderness North

Celebrating 30 Years of Wilderness North  –          

Don’t Rock The Boat… OR Do You?


Hi, I’m Clarence Fisher, a new employee here at Wilderness North. My primary job is working with our media, photos and advertisements. I am an avid photographer and come from an outdoors family. With this background, I understand the sport that is the passion of the guests and my co-workers here at Wilderness North.

With that I’d like to ask, does your love for fishing run as deep as mine does for photography? While working here, I’ve had the opportunity to view and critique many photographs of huge walleye, massive pike and beautiful brook trout and sometimes I am amazed at the beauty of the photos and locations that some of you have experienced. Now more than ever, our guests practice CPR “Catch, Picture and Release” allowing those beautiful trophy fish to live on and be caught again. Photography is the perfect way to keep these memories or share with friends and family back home. Although, even with today’s imaging technology, we sometimes come back home to share memories with friends & family only to find blurred photographs, the tails cut off record fish or worst yet both. I’d like to give you a few tips on how to eliminate such issues.

You may think that the movement of the boat was the prime suspect in a blurred photo. But it’s not! You’d be surprised to know that this swaying motion needs to be transferred throughout your body to ensure that the cameras motion matches that of your subject, so take a firm stance and let the water move you, the camera and your subject.

Also the composition (frame) is important for a good photo. Your subjects don’t need to be in the dead center of the frame. Try to have your subjects facing the same direction. Place them on one side of the photo and leave room in front of your subjects, but be careful not to cut off the tail or any other extremities. This gives your photograph atmosphere and also a pleasing background, which tells more of a story.

My best advice is to use these as guidelines and don’t be afraid to experiment, some of the best photography breaks or bends the rules. Until next time, I wish you good fishing & good living.

Clarence Fisher

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