the beauty of not fishing

or rather, those moments when we’re not actually fishing; concentrating hard on a good presentation, drift, bug detection/fly selection, animation, current seam, rise or sometimes simply the annoying fly that’s caught in a branch because we got too excited by something fishy and forgot to take our bearings before reacting to that fishy thing.

in other words, the break where we put the fishy stuff temporarely aside and get to fully take in our surroundings.

these breaks are a welcome and in my opinion, necessary interlude to the play of the day. eyes, mind and body relax and that relaxed state helps to remind us that there’s so much more to what we do than just try to catch fish.

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this image of an impending storm behind the stream isn’t anything special, in fact it was taken with my iPhone (which is quite an amazingly good camera for a phone) but landscape photography greatly benefits from higher lens resolution and tone separation: the little phone tries hard but can’t do the scene justice.

it’s a far cry from one of the grandiose images of wild places taken from renowned and respected photographers with fancy-ass equipment but it still managed to capture the mildly-dramatic moment and i still like it because it’s yet another example of how important it is to focus-shift regularly and take a break.

3 thoughts on “the beauty of not fishing

  1. Marc,

    Greetings my brother. I actually found this to be one of my favorites of all your pics. The contrast, the long shadow, the storm moving in, the grand sky, the colorless bird silhouette’s, all come together beautifully. I have a gravure reproduction of Rembrandt’s etching “The Three Trees” hanging in my home and this pic evokes the same mood and structure. Great work.


    • i couldn’t be happier that you like this image, Phil.
      linking it to Rembrant’s famous etching makes the compliment that much more special.
      my admin panel shows me your email address. should you like the idea, let me know and i’ll send you a printable-sized file for your home collection.
      cheers and thanks again,

      anyone interested in seeing Rembrandt’s ‘The Three Trees’ click below.
      “The Three Trees is Rembrandt’s largest and most striking etched landscape. Here he masterfully combined techniques (drypoint, engraving, varied depths of etched lines, and a speckled tone) to create a sense of nature in flux. He animated the landscape with many details: an artist sketching on the hill at right, a fisher couple at lower left, and an amorous couple hidden in the darkened foreground bushes. Some of the unnatural cloud formations left of center indicate that Rembrandt may have etched The Three Trees on a plate that contained an abandoned sketch for The Death of the Virgin, a composition he continued on a larger plate in 1639.”

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