Real Gems

this is probably the most beautiful fish film i’ve ever seen.
no more words are necessary nor could they do it justice… enjoy !

for the love of water

and everything that lives in it.image

this creature lies in one of my favourite playgrounds, the Aude river near home. the fish that live in it are rather pretty as well.

hit or miss

in a nutshell, that’s what underwater fish portraits are about, specially when the camera’s held at arm’s length and i’m not looking at the screen or viewfinder while playing ‘my third eye is in the palm of my hand’ and gently holding a slippery/slimy creature that would rather not be held all the while trying to keep most of me above the water and not loose anything to the watery gods in the process.
hit or miss M.Fauvet:TLC 10-11-14this lovely out of season she-chunk wasn’t in an area known to have trout making it an even lovelier surprise even if she didn’t like posing, but that’s part of fun and joys as well. just as fly fishing itself and about a gazillion other things in life, getting a good portrait is hit or miss. best not to get expectations up too high.

” My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams “

~ Elizabeth Kim

bleeding stream M.Fauvet:TLC 8-10-14

taken in a small Swedish stream, i actually desaturated the colours while editing this image because the original looked so unreal. stream beds and how their colours interact with water combined with the light from above are just part of the dream…

‘bulged-out, flaring and ready to go

'bulged-out, flaring and ready to go M.Fauvet 26-12-13

this image reminds of a comment some bobo left here a while back. among other nonsenses, one of things he liked less was the fact that ‘my mutant fish had sick bulging eyes’.
at the time i was too busy sort-of laughing at all this silliness but in hindsight i should have suggested he go soak his head once in a while, that is, go have a look at how fish look when they’re at home underwater instead of judging their appearance when they’re lifted out of it for the all-important ‘grip & grin’ shot.
quite simply, when they’re in their environment their eyes bulge out and so do their nostrils. i’m waiting for a confirming reply from an ichthyologist friend but i’m fairly sure that the fact that both of these organs retract when exposed to air has to do with lack of water pressure but then it might also have to do that they don’t want to see or smell us. considering how many ugly-stinky anglers i’ve met throughout my life i can’t really blame them…

“And so with skill of the anglers the men circumvent the fish by the following artful contrivance. They wrap the hook in scarlet wool, and to the wool they attach two feathers that grow beneath a cocks wattles and are the colour of wax. The fishing-rod is of six feet long, and so is the line. So they let down this lure, and the fish attracted and excited by colour, comes meet it, and fancying from the beauty of the of the sight that he is going to have a wonderful banquet,opens wide his mouth, is entangled with the hook, and gains a bitter feast , for he is caught.”

little does it know it’ll be going back home in a few seconds without ever having left the water, but then deception is all part of the game i guess.

c&r TLC 6-9-13

title quote: the first written reference to fly fishing and fly tying- Claudius Aelianus 170-235 AD