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.
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.