Photographing Your Spectacular Live Release Salmon
Use a photo partner:
- Digital camera: make settings on the camera before you begin fishing or use a point and shoot film camera. Give it to your partner before the angling session.
- Whether a digital camera or a film camera, tell your partner to fill the frame, and take several images.
- If it is a film camera, be sure there is film in the camera. This may seem to be a simple matter, but mistakes do happen...
Let your Partner get into Position:
- Tell him/her what you are going to do. Alert your partner before you take the fish out of the water.
Support the Atlantic salmon:
- Carefully take the barbless hook out of the fish’s mouth. With rod tucked under your arm, move one hand to the base of the tail. With your other hand, support the fish under the forward part of its body. Keep it in the water, with the fish pointed upstream to help its recovery.
- If a third person is present, give him or her the rod to hold, so you can concentrate on the wild salmon.
Take the Picture Quickly:
- With your photo partner warned, raise the wild Atlantic salmon partially out of the water for less than five seconds - or consider leaving it semi-submerged for the photo instead!
Return the Fish to Continue its Spawning Run:
- Support the salmon underwater in a natural position facing the current, handling it as little as possible. Give it time to recover. The goal is for the wild salmon to swim away on its own.
Improve Your Image:
- Digital cameras offer the opportunity to adjust the film speed to suit conditions. In low light, such as evening, morning, heavy cloud, or deep shadow, consider setting the speed to 400, to take care of both movement and the low light. Experiment beforehand on speeds above 400, as many digital images become heavily pixelated at greater sensitivity.
- Remember to adjust the white balance for deep shadow, to warm the image.
- Today’s print films even at 400 speed are superb. Use 400 speed film at dawn, dusk or in shadow.
- Don’t forget to smile! Your photo is a valuable memory.