Monday, 24 December 2012

Night Photography - Part 2

Starry Seascape
The Night Time Fun Continues
Shooting at night with only the moon and stars as a light source is certainly fun, and a challenge. As mentioned in part 1, this was all experimental for me. Essentially I played around with shutter speeds, apertures, and focusing and simply reviewed the results on my cameras LCD screen. I made adjustments based on what I could see. Being so dark, I basicallty relied on wider apertures ranging from f1.4 -2.8 on my 50mm lens, and with my wide angle zoom unfortunately I was limited by the maximum aperture of f4. Essentially I shot almost every shot at 30 seconds no matter the aperture as this was the longest available on my camera without using a remote shutter or cable release which I didn't have with me. To adjust for the different apertures I varied the ISO settings between ISO 1600 and ISO 6400. It may be a little disappointing to read after the long wait for part 2, but that is essentially it. Use a wide aperture, a slow shutter speed, and the lowest ISO setting that allows enough light to capture the image you are after. To be honest, the experimentation is quite rewarding in itself. On some shots I also used the in camera noise reduction which helped a little, however it essentially doubles the length of the exposure. The process reminds me of developing film in a darkroom. Immediately after each image is captured, you sit and wait for the capture to end, and then an image emerges on the LCD. Ok, not quite the same, but when you are starting out what you get can be quite a mystery until you see it.

One other variable that you can play with in camera or later on the computer if you shoot in RAW as I do is the white balance. As you can see below, a different white balance setting is used in an image similar to the one at the top of the post which entirely changes the mood.

White balance can make a big difference

Another Idea is to shoot  as the stars are appearing right after the sun goes down.

Of course if you want to take things further you can experiment in mixing flash or other artificial light sources with these types of shots. As you will see from the few examples below, I have a lot of work to do in this department. It requires a lot of thought. In particular about what will be behind the flash lit subject if it's human, as during the remaining part of the exposure they will no doubt move to some extent. Gives me a lot to think about next time anyway. Hope you have found these images interesting.
From memory it was only a headlamp providing the artificial lighting in this shot

Note the fishing rod behing his head! Canon 580EXII off camera provided the illumination

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Night Photography - Part 1

Waiting for a bite at night
Getting Creative in the Dark
Most people put their cameras away when out fishing once the sun goes down unless taking happy snaps of a significant catch. I too was mostly guilty of this in the past. I had made a few attempts once or twice at getting an interesting shot at night, and have had varied success. On an overnight trip to the bottom of South Australia's Yorke Peninsula last weekend, I carried a tripod in to shoot some wide angle landscapes. When I opened my camera bag, to my horror I discovered that in my haste I had not swapped the len which was on my 7D over for the wide angle zoom. Instead of having a 17-40mm and 70-200mm with me, I had no focal length shorter than the Sigma 50mm f1.4 which was on the camera body. The 50mm focal length is considered a "normal" lens on 35mm film and full frame digital. As the 7D has a cropped frame sensor, the lens angle of view gives a short telephoto perspective, and was therefore useless for the types of images I had in mind. I did shoot a few frames of the cliffs that you can see in the image above as the sun was setting, however my efforts were a little rushed and half hearted as I did not have the lens I had planned to use.
Since I had carried the tripod in, I figured I had better get more than a few minutes use from it, so after the sun set, the sky darkened, and the cloud cover mostly disappeared to reveal the stars; out came the camera again. Using the tripod, a slow shutter speed, and the fast aperture of the 50mm f1.4 lens, I did my best to roughly compose through the viewfinder (no preview image was available on the cameras LCD screen in liveview mode as it was much too dark). I then turned on liveview and used the electronic level to try and get the horizon relatively straight. I made a number of images using this and similar techniques. I am the first to admit they could be improved, but for me this was a whole new idea. In Part 2 I will go through how I went about experimenting that night, and will share a few more images that were created as a result. 

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Back to it on Grand Final Day!

Goal Posts

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lengthy delay in this post, and of course the lack of posts over the last 6 months. To those who know me personally, you will understand I have had other things that needed dealing with in my personal life. To those who don't, I greatly appreciate your patience - Thank you all.

My Australian readers will know that it is AFL Grand Final Day today. As I type this, the vast majority will most likely be watching the big game. Not me though, it has never really been my thing. So this seems as good a time as ever to get back to what is important to me - the Flywater Exposed project!

I know from what I have been told that some of you had been eagerly awaiting part 2 of The Perfect Camera System. It is in the works and will hopefully be coming quite soon. I started writing it quite recently, and then noticed that a number of interesting new full frame cameras have been announced. Since it will be a little while until I get full details about how good they actually are, I though it may be best to hold off until I can include them in the post. I have also decided to try and push Flywater Exposed further now that I am back. I will be talking to a few local camera stores and attempting to get my hands on some of these cameras for review, and so that I can give my personal views on what I like and dislike about them. To my mind this would be much more useful both to you and to myself than me simply reporting on what other people say about these cameras.

Thanks again for your patience. A number of new posts will be up over the coming weeks. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Perfect Camera System - Part 1

As a major part of the Flywater Exposed project revolves around producing a body of high quality photography, it probably will not be a surprise to anyone that photographic equipment is an important part of what will be taken on the journey. I decided almost immediately that I would take only one system and the necessary backup gear in case of failure. I don't plan on being anywhere near a camera store, so everything will have to come with me. Selecting a system was the next step, and it made most sense to stop and think about what I need from my camera. Of course, to do this I had to think about what my actual requirements were, as opposed to what I would like.

It was important to define the necessities, the things required as a prerequisite for a camera to even be considered. I decided there were 4 things that were absolute musts. The first thing to come to mind was reliability, secondly, control,  thirdly a range of suitable lenses and accessories, and last but not least - image quality.

To me, a reliable camera for outdoor work should be built strong on a tough metal chassis and have a reasonable level of weather sealing. Straight away, this rules out all the cheaper consumer cameras except a handful of compacts, some of which are totally waterproof and highly shock proof too.

Control is the next thing which is important to me. From the time of capture, right through until the point the prints roll off the printer I must be able to control things. At capture, I like to make my own decisions on exposure, depth of field, shutter speeds and where in the image the focal point lays. Once the image makes it from the memory card to the computer, I insist on "developing" it in a RAW converter rather than have the camera do this conversion it's own way in camera. This counts out those waterproof, shockproof compacts that I mentioned above.

When it comes to image quality, what I require is enough resolution to shoot landscapes and print them at a reasonable size at exhibition quality. If I can produce a 16x24 inch print that has enough detail to keep me happy, then it will be fine. Of course a bigger print would sometimes be even better. If the camera can capture a reasonable amount of dynamic range, produces pleasing colours, and can manage shooting without flash in low light at relatively high ISO settings - then it will produce the image files I am looking for. 

Lastly, a range of lenses needs to be available that will cover all the shooting I am likely to do. The plan is to shoot a lot of landscapes, so therefore lenses that perform well from corner to corner will be highly regarded. If they have tilt and shift functionality, so much the better. As a bonus, lenses with movements allow easy stitching for making higher resolution prints. I also plan to shoot portraits of the locals, so some mid range focal lengths with fast apertures would be nice if they fit in the bag. A good macro lens is also essential for capturing some small but important details. For all of these types of shooting I prefer prime (fixed focal length) lenses. Of course as backup, and for the less critical shots that are less likely to be displayed as large exhibition prints, a few high quality zooms would definitely be worth having in the bag. A good flash system certainly wouldn't go astray either, allowing images that could not otherwise have been made to be produced.

The Ideal Camera Format
What I have decided so far is that a full frame 35mm sensor digital SLR is the camera format that makes the most sense. There are a few around with the build quality and reliability that I am after with sensors packed with high quality pixels. Of course there are also some sub full frame cameras that would work, including the Canon 7D which I currently own, however I prefer the wide angle options  afforded by the larger sensor cameras. If I was mostly shooting wildlife, that may be a different matter. 

Part 2 will focus on the nitty gritty details of selecting an actual camera from the contenders, and give some details about some of the options that are available.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Upcoming Goodness

Just thought I had better let you know that even though things have been a little quiet here over the last couple of weeks, there is some cool stuff in the pipeline. I am currently working on some interview questions and trying to contact a few people to get more interviews, artwork and photography up here. The first out of all of this will be a showcase and maybe a short Q&A with another great fish artist. I will try and post a few other bits and pieces in between now and then also.

I will also be sharing a bit more of what is most important in the next few weeks - a bit more information from the research I am doing on the Atlantic region.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Perhaps not a Paddle Board!

A post simply for the sake of it. I stumbled across this tonight and thought that a paddle board might not be a good thing to use chasing big fish in a remote location. I have to say that I was surprised by the size of this shark given the speed and distance this guy is towed.


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Slim Beauty

The Knot I Should Have Learned Long Ago
I had been happily joining two sections of line together using the double uni knot for a long time. It had proven strong, reliable, and worked extremely well when joining two lines of similar diameter. It also worked exceptionally well when joining lines of quite different diameters if a doubled section of the thinner line is used. This knot creates a bit of a bump between line sections, and for some time I had been hearing of a knot that made a neater connection between lines with  significantly different diameters. This knot is called the slim beauty. Unfortunately my first few attempts didn't work out. I used step by step words and images from a knot book and just couldn't get it. I gave up on it and had almost forgotten about it until last night when I read an article by Kaj "Bushy" Busch in South Australian Angler in which he mentioned the slim beauty. Tonight I decided I would learn this knot, and I did. I watched a couple of video tutorials and gave it a go. The video below, and this video on Midcurrent show clearly how it is done. It isn't as hard as I thought, and it makes a real neat connection that I will be using  a lot in the future. If you don't know this knot, give it a go!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Some Aussie Options

My first mulloway on fly back in 2003

Taking my mind off the Flywater Exposed project for the past few weeks has been of all thing some bait fishing. It's not often these days that I fish with bait, however in a few select locations or circumstances it is the best option. I won't be going on about bait fishing in many posts, and the reason for this post is actually fly fishing related if you will bear with me.

The current situation is one I hadn't seen much of over the last few years as I had been busy with other things. The target species was mulloway, and schools of them move within range of a jetty in a popular Yorke Peninsula (South Australia) town each summer. As these schools are visible to those with good polarised glasses, they are a great sight casting proposition. Unfortunately over the last 10 years or so, these schools have become common knowledge and even on weekdays there are enough people fishing for them that fly fishing is not an option 99% of the time. So that brings me to the bait fishing part. Such visual fishing can't be passed up, but even lure fishing is difficult when a combination of sinkers, and floats are raining down on the school from all angles. So there I am with a spin rod and small live baits and fresh cut squid with a few mates. We caught some good fish. It's great fun, however none of these particular captures are overly memorable. 

Before this place gained popularity back around the time I started fly fishing seriously, when the fish were in range I was able to get a fly to the school. I caught two fish and lost another on fly, and I can most likely recount all of those hookups better that that of the bigger of the two fish I caught last weekend on bait despite the fact that those fly hookups were back in 2003! This brings me to the point of this post (finally). I picked up a copy of South Australian Angler yesterday and had a flick through while waiting to pay a bill. I haven't purchased a copy for years, but there were a few articles that looked interesting. One was about fishing for big mulloway, and the other was about South Australia's far west coast. I quite quickly realised that it might be not only fun, but add interest to those reading this blog if I plan a few lesser trips and doccument them here. The far west coast is extremely remote, and I thought that there is probably no better place to start than this wild part of my home state. I will also try and come up with some other Aussie adventures to do over the next few years while  planning for the big Flywater Exposed continues.

Unfortunately due to the crowds, fly fishing here is now rarely an option

So, how does it sound? The far west coast offers the opportunity to fish for monster mulloway up to 80lbs in deep surf gutters close to the shore - perhaps a heavy double handed fly rod will be taken along to attempt to catch one of them. I have never heard of a big mulloway taken from a South Australian surf beach on fly, so I would love to give it a go. Apart from the mulloway, there are plenty of other species to target on fly from the little tommy ruff, Australian salmon, snook, flathead and kingfish to name a few. I am thinking if planning can start now, this should come together in the summer of 2012/2013

You can find more about South Australian Angler here at their website

My mate Gareth with another good fish caught on light spin gear and live bait

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Fishing Wild

Journal of fishing travel
There are many fishing magazines available here in Australia, with only a fairly small number of them being dedicated to fly fishing. Many publications have the occasional article on, or at least mention fly fishing, but not enough to get the hardcore fly fisher excited. Fishing Wild is somewhere in between. Almost every article has at least a small amount of fly fishing content, with it being a strong feature in most others. However this is not the only attraction of what the creator of Fishing Wild, Col Roberts, has called the journal of fishing travel. An apt description, as the majority of the articles are about both unusual and/or beautiful  and often exotic places. The photography is also of a very high standard which means the focus of this great publication has a lot in common with the journey that I am planning. I certainly hope to make my photographs different from the majority that you will see in Fishing Wild as I have my own style, but I do find it inspiring - the journeys, the places, the images.

A great feature found at the end of most of the articles are the fact files. They give a range of information on the destination which can include: getting there, accommodation, what fishing tackle you need, activities available for the non fishing partner, and a big variety of other essential information for those who may wish to go there.

Apart from the great articles, there is a department in each issue called Photo Clinic which gives some good tips to help readers learn how to take better photos. Another department that appeared in older issues, Travel Doc was an interesting read regarding health issues such as diseases and medications relating to travel, all of which I will be re-reading during my planning. I am not sure if it is temporarily gone or if it will be missing from all future editions. I personally hope it is only temporary. The department I personally enjoy the most is Horror Travel Stories, it can be a real eye opener!

The pages of Fishing Wild are section sewn instead of being glued as in the earlier issues. Being the kind of magazine that many will collect, this is great news. In fact, calling it a magazine is almost an insult to Fishing Wild. It is a great read and I highly reccommend it to all adventurous anglers.

Fishing Wild is published  twice annually, in April and October. The current cover price is A$12.95. If you want to subscribe you can do so directly from their website. 

A couple of older issues from my collection

Monday, 30 January 2012

The Whole World In My Hands

Sometimes it is nice to be able to see the whole world at once and in a physical form when scouting for a possible location for Flywater Exposed. I think that my new toy (pictured above), when combined with Google Earth is going to make the search much more enjoyable. I got this globe on sale for only $10 at Cotton on Kids. One day when finances allow, a big high quality globe will sit atop my desk. For now this will do.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Spinning Out

Two new rods
I have been a little distracted again as I just got my hands on two rod blanks that I have wanted for some time. They are Sabre E glass ultralight blanks, model 110. I had one of these years ago built up as a spin rod and it was possibly the most fun piece of fishing tackle I ever owned. I also cast a fly line with it and it was something else. Super slow and soft, I think it would be perfect on my local tiny stream. The blank is 6' and 1 piece rated for 0.5-2kg line (1-4lb).

I am going to build one up as a fly rod, and will test it to find the best line - I will definitely post a few photos of it here once finished. The other will be built into a spinning rod. I rarely fish spin tackle these days, but with this blank I will definitely be taking it out once in a while, partially for the memories I hope it will bring back, and partially because I think this blank builds into the most fun rod one can possibly use when not fly fishing. 

Choosing a Reel
I used to know all about the current spin reels from the major manufacturers, however over the past 5 years or so I had grown detached from what was available in spin tackle. I figured that since I am a fan of the highest quality tackle available, I had better do some research. Since this blog is about fly fishing and travel, I think it is best not to go into detail about my selection process other than to say I did not set a budget, I wanted the best I could get in a spin reel, and I generally had favoured Daiwa reels in the past. After lots of research I was leaning towards the Daiwa Exist 1003, however after having it in hand at a local tackle store along with a few other high end reels, I have pretty much settled on the  Shimano Stella 1000FE. Looks to be a fantastic reel, however not as nice (to me) cosmetically to the Stella 1000F from the early 2000's that I owned in the past. Apart from looks it felt better though, and that old reel is still being used by my best friend and mostly in saltwater almost 10 years after I purchased it and it has never been serviced, and rarely even rinsed or cleaned externally. Can't ask for more than that so I figure I can't go wrong. 

As for a reel for the fly rod version that I build on the other blank, I will most likely throwing a Hardy Featherweight on it, but will make a final decision once the correct line weight is decided on after test casting.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

FWE Favourites - Confluence Films

The guys at Confluence Films must certainly know a thing or two about planning a fly fishing trip. Over the last few years they have visited, fly fished, and filmed in a heap of exotic or just plain exciting destinations. I purchased a copy of their first film "Drift" early in 2009, and it still remains my favourite fly fishing film. That being said, I am yet to see their two newer offerings - "Rise" and "Connect". I am hoping that will change soon, as I plan on adding both of them to my collection as soon as I can. I am especially excited to see that "Connect" is available on Blu Ray.

"Drift" was definitely a part of the inspiration behind Flywater Exposed. The fact that Confluence Films use film rather than still photography as their medium does not matter. They still provide an absolute feast for the eyes with superb camera work. The stories are fantastic too, and the music works so well with the footage. In particular I loved two songs from Drift "Run River" by Jon Swift which I now have on my iPhone, and the song Charlie Smith sings while playing his banjo on the dock.

Do yourself a favour, and at least check out the trailers and order one or perhaps all three films for yourself at

To keep up to date with what the Confluence Film team are doing, don't forget to like their Facebook page.

It's also worth checking out this review of Connect at MidCurrent

Ascension Island - Part 1 - Fishing Opportunities

Ascension Island is the first place I have looked at in any great detail since Flywater Exposed was launched last September. As I mentioned earlier, I will not be doing any more in depth reports on possible locations for Flywater Exposed after this until I have narrowed down the possible locations significantly. I realised quickly that I could spend a lifetime going through everywhere on earth that looked interesting, and never end up fishing or photographing any of them. Since I have already gathered a lot of information on Ascension, I thought it might be a good idea to report some of my findings for a couple of reasons. Firstly it will give you, the reader, an idea of what to expect later when I do start reporting on other areas of interest. Second, I am hoping you might notice something important that I have overlooked. As always, please feel free to comment. I will most likely work out a set format and key points to address for all future in depth reports

I will refrain from going into too much detail about the island itself as plenty of information can be seen at the Ascension Island Government's official site or the Ascension Island page on Wikipedia if you are interested. I will focus Part 1 of this report on the fly fishing, and in Part 2 I will look at the photographic opportunities Ascension may offer.

Location & Access
Ascension Island lies approximately half way between the horn of South America and Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean's equatorial waters (see map here). As such, this volcanic island is extremely isolated. It is part of the British Overseas Territory, and in the past has mostly been difficult to get to unless one was working there. In recent years, it seems it is a little easier to get there. You can even find cost and organise booking flights here.

The Fishing
The first thing a search on fishing Ascension Island will show is that it is a place that is most noted for it's big game fishing potential. From what I have read, it is a paradise for those in search of big tuna, marlin, and sharks offshore. This offshore fishing is already established, so heading for Ascension to fish offshore in a game boat would defeat the purpose of Flywater Exposed. I would not rule out going offshore with a local, but I do not want it to be a chartered trip on a game boat. As I am intent on finding relatively unexplored waters, I am most interested in the land based and inshore fishing at Ascension. Apart from the black jack, there is not much information on the inshore fishing. There is mention of a few other species, but information is hard to come by. A sure sign that this area has not been explored to it's full potential. One of the few other species I have heard about is the blackfish, which appears to be a species of trigger fish. They seem to be in large numbers, even right in the most populated area of ascension. Check out this video of them following this swimmer from the jetty to the shore - there seems to be a lot of them and they look to be fairly big.

I did read somewhere of someone snorkelling not far off a beach and seeing big yellowfin tuna. I also found this post from a kayak fisherman catching the big yellowfin.  As there is deep water in close and probably a fair amount of unfished shoreline, I have a feeling there are probably some rock platforms that might offer the opportunity to cast at large pelagics from the shore. This footage of someone hooked up to a yellowfin on fly off Ascension makes me wonder how much hope there is of landing a big yellowfin on fly off the rocks though. Watching the other fish being hooked and landed on the bamboo pole right next to the fly fisher is pretty interesting too!

Fishing the beaches, I am assuming that there would have to be other worthwhile targets other than black jack and blackfish. This definitely warrants further investigation, and I think it may be best to contact people that have spent a lot of time on the island, and possibly marine biologists and researchers to get a good sense of what fish species are available. If Ascension ends up as one of the higher rated areas on my list for the Atlantic region, then I will spend the time to find out more.

I will leave you with this blog post that I stumbled across in my search for information on Ascension's shore based options. It is about bait fishing, but gives a bit of an idea of what is available, and what the place looks like. The person who wrote the post mentioned catching 13 different species on his trip, and I am sure there are many more on offer, especially if one is willing to walk in to more remote parts of the island.

Friday, 13 January 2012


After my recent post about how easy it is to get distracted while researching, I thought it would be worth taking a day to re-evaluate how I go about the process of selectiong Flywater X. After Ascension Island, there will be no more detailed research on any locations until they have been narrowed down, as there are a massive number of areas in each region and to research each in detail could take a lifetime in itself.
So, how will I approach it?

Firstly I will be looking for areas that look interesting on a map. I will then check that there are no major safety concerns (war zones, piracy, aggressive natives). At that point they will go on a list with all the other places in the region that look promising.

I plan on working out a rating system over the next week to help me quickly discount some areas, while leaving others that appear to have more potential to move onto the next stage.

Those that are highly rated will then be checked for accessibilty. As long as there is a viable way in, I will try and find out about the areas fish stocks. I will need to know if there any worthwhile target species, and if the area is subjected to any major fishing pressure. If things are still looking good, i will then take a more detailed look into the actual fly fishing opportunities as well as looking into the landscape, buildings and people from a photographic perspective.

At that point it is time to work out how to narrow the list right down to a "regional final 3" Those will be researched in depth and put up for consideration against the final 3 from each of the other regions. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ocean Geographic - Almanac of Our Seas

Inspiration is Everywhere
When I picked up my copy of the National Geographic - 50 Greatest Pictures yesterday, I also noticed Ocean Geographic. It appeared to be a high quality publication, so out of curiosity I picked it up and had a quick flick through. Some of the images were breathtaking, and as Flywater X needs to be a location with water, I figured that there was justification enough to make the purchase. The fact that there happened to be an article about conservation photographer Mattias Klum was a definite bonus, and I can't wait to read it.

If you have an interest in our oceans and their conservation, do yourself a favour and see what the Ocean Geographic Society are up to at, where you can also subscribe to the magazine. 

They also have a Facebook page if you prefer to keep up with things that way.

FWE Favourites - The Fiberglass Manifesto

What We Read

Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto with his first redfish

You will notice posts here from time to time with FWE Favourites in the title - just like this one. Featured will be either blogs or websites that we read or refer to often. The blogs will then be added to the blogroll, and the websites will be added to our links page.

The Fiberglass Manifesto (or TFM for short) is mentioned in previous Flywater Exposed posts, and it's author Cameron Mortenson is a great guy. If you have any news relating to, or questions about fiberglass fly rods or fishing them, I am sure he would be glad to hear from you. Cameron can be contacted at

You can also keep up to date on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

National Geographic - 50 Greatest Pictures

Inspiration and Eye Candy
I don't usually buy National Geographic, however I couldn't pass up the opportunity to own a selection of some of their greatest photographs when I saw it today. Get a copy while you can. It is certainly worth a look, and will provide plenty of inspiration if you are planning a trip involving travel and photography in a far away place.

For a taste of what's inside, check out the Wallpaper Gallery 

Also worth a visit is their home page at 

An app is also availabe on iTunes if you are keen to have these images available on your Apple mobile device.

Ooh, Something Shiny!

Distractions and Detours
Once may be a mistake and twice may be a coincidence, but I have a feeling that there will be a third time - perhaps more. I bet you are wondering what I am talking about, don't you?

Well, when researching it is easy to branch off in another direction. On a fairly open project like Flywater Exposed, it is easy to be looking at the fishing and photographic opportunities somewhere, and suddenly be distracted by something interesting that ends up taking you down the scenic route, so to speak.

The first time I made this "mistake" was when researching an island a few years ago. I will be revisiting this particular island later on Flywater Exposed, so I won't go into too much detail. What I will say is that pirates were a concern in the area, and I somehow seemed to be spending just as much time researching modern day piracy as I did looking into that island and it's potential.

I noticed another such occurrence today. It stemmed from yesterday's post, where I noted that I certainly would not be adding number 1 on the linked list as a possible Flywater X. If you looked at the list, you would most likely understand why I decided immediately that it was off limits. Still, there I went again, getting off track from the goal of finding a remote destination to fly fish and photograph. Knowing that almost certain death would result from going there, I still felt the need to take a turn off for a moment and look into it further. I have found a number of links that relate to that particular island from the list, and from people living a similar lifestyle elsewhere already. I may even share some of this new found information in a future post. Anyway, what I am saying is that it is easy to get distracted from a goal when researching. It has happened to me twice already with this project, and I am sure that this is no coincidence. It will definitely happen again.

Despite the inevitable delays to the final goal, I think it adds richness to the whole experience. I hope you will enjoy the occasional posts that result from this wayward research. 

Monday, 9 January 2012

Ascension Island Appetiser

Black Jack Feeding Frenzy
My research of Ascension Island so far has turned up very little on the inshore fishing available, but I am getting a few clues together. What I have learned is that one of the species that would most likely be encountered is the black jackCaranx lugubris. I don't know if I would like to hook one in a rock pool like in the video shown below. Check out the speed as they smash into the baitfish and make sure you watch until the end so you can see where the baitfish that didn't get eaten end up.

More videos and some links to images will be posted in my full Ascension Island report later this week.

Top 10 Unusual Islands

More Possible Destinations Uncovered
When a list of Unusual places shows up somewhere, the first questions that comes to mind are "is there water?" and if so, then that is quickly followed up with "what fishing opportunities might be available in that water?"

When looking for images of Ascension Island, I managed to stumble across an unrelated image linking to this page listing their choice for Top 10 Unusual Islands.

Of course I had to look, perhaps Flywater X was right there in front of me. Lets just say that a few of these islands will eventually be the subject of further research. I think their number 1 might be off the list though somehow - you will have to visit the link to understand why!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Nikon D4

Another Flywater Exposed Camera Contender
Nikon recently made an official announcement of it's new flagship camera, the 16.2MP full frame D4. Like the new Canon 1D-X, it is quite moderate in resolution (by todays standards), and to many the D4 looks like a fairly minor upgrade to the D3s. The approximately 2MP difference between the new Nikon and Canon models is so minor it isn't something I would consider if trying to choose between these cameras.What has me interested is the post by Joe McNally mentioning one thing that I feel has let Nikon down on it's past digital SLR's - skin tones. Joe seems most impressed and I must admit that his examples look pretty good. 

Of course Nikon has made some big improvements to the video, however this is not something that is important to me. I won't go into any of the technical details as these can be found at the Nikon website. As a Canon user I don't know as many details about Nikon gear, but once the D4 is shipping I will definitely keep an eye out for more details and reviews, and perhaps even test one for myself. I'm no fan boy or brand snob,  so the best camera for the job will be the one to come on the adventure. I am assuming Nikon will also release a higher resolution D4X at some point to replace the current 24.5MP D3X. If that is the case, I will give that camera some serious consideration too.

I have a post coming up soon going into detail about what is required in a camera for Flywater Exposed, and what the best camera for the job might be. Stay tuned.

Ascension Island Research Begins

Ascension Island in the Atlantic Region is the first of many possible locations that I am researching in detail. Hopefully within a week I will be able to give a full report on the opportunities on this fascinating island. Already the land based fishing sound pretty interesting despite the area mostly being known for it's offshore gamefishing opportunities. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A New Year Begins

With a new year upon us, it's time to get serious about the journey that is Flywater Exposed. Before I go any further, I would just like to say I hope everyone had a great break over the Christmas and New Year period. I know I did, despite being busy and even working in between, and this is reflected by the lack of posts over the last month. 

While you are waiting for the next post (promise it won't be as long as last time), make sure you get out and enjoy a sunset - or if you don't mind an early start, perhaps a sunrise on some magnificent water. May the new year bring you all lots of fish, adventure, and wonderful memories. For those of us who like to take a camera with us, some great light as well. Here's to a big year at Flywater Exposed.