Monday, 15 December 2008

A few nice fish around

  • There were a few decent fish caught over the weekend down here, so I guess that big southerly wind we had on Friday night did a bit of good. It played havoc though with Del over in the Isles of Scilly, but even so he landed a few mullet up to 5lbs - the bigger fish were there, but with so many maggots coming out of the weed he was unable to bring them larger fish within casting range. Still, a 5lb mullet would do me just fine !!

  • A friend of mine landed a 28lb conger eel for a mate of his on a rock mark in South Devon that I used to fish for bull huss a lot, with some success as well - I had them to just under 14lbs off there myself, and I saw them landed to over 15lbs. My mate told me he nearly got washed in landing the eel, and they lost a bigger fish as well. Take it easy on those rocks when a bit swell is running.

  • I also heard of a 12lb thornback ray and a 12lb plus cod from the River Tamar - it can be a frustrating and difficult place to fish at times, but the Tamar has a long history of chucking up decent fish. Virtually all my best shore caught cod came from Devil's Point at the mouth of the Tamar, fishing usually an hour and a half either side of low water on all sizes of tide. I never found any kind of pattern to catching cod in the Tamar, and it was more a case of if you could hold your bait out there in the tide, you were in with a shout of a decent fish. Daytime, night time, small tides, big tides, rough weather, flat calm weather, rain sunshine, doesn't matter - peeler crab always worked for me for the cod, with prawns killing for the thornbacks, but the prawns catch the cod as well.

  • Flounder fishing has never been my thing, but the guys have been catching some nice fish. A friend of mine has had two flounders of 3lb 12oz already, plus numerous other big ones, and the signs seem to be good for the Kingsbridge estuary especially to switch on sometime very soon. Good to hear that the famous River Teign has been producing so many quality flounder again.

  • Below are a few more examples of some black and white photographs that I have been playing around with. Any comments are more than welcome, and please bear in mind that I am not always sure how these low-res JPEGs look on other computer screens - I work on calibrated screens in my office here, and there is always a degree of loss of detail when you down-res an image to put on the internet. They look very good on my screens (but then I would say that !!) at full size, so please bear that in mind when you look at them.

  • I photographed this stunning girl in southern India a few years ago, in a local village close to where we were fishing for mahseer (see here for some photos) - I have never seen anybody look through a lens with such ease and confidence.

  • The above photo was shot in Zambia when we were chasing the outrageous tigerfish on the fly - what a fish, what a place. A bunch of photos from that trip are here. It's those skies that work for me here.
  • This kid was fishing with a dropnet off the local pier on Los Roques, an archipelago off the coast of Venezuela. I tend to obviously major on shooting fishing, but I also like to look around for different photos when I can. See a bunch of stuff from Los Roques here.

  • We blew yet another tyre heading back to Kampala in Uganda, after smashing the Nile perch at Murchison Falls in a major way. A bunch of locals gathered around to see what on earth a couple of white guys were doing with a dusty Landrover, a spare tyre and a jack. The kid you see above just looked so serene and calm. See here for more photos.
  • I am not completely sure whether fishing gear works in black and white yet, but I do really like the photo above that was shot out in Canada a few months ago. A very simple composition, but something about the angles always worked in my head.


Anonymous said...

Good to see you continuing the B&W experiment Henry - all of those photo's work really well in the medium. Keep up the excellent work - some of your shots are comparable to the likes of Ansel Adams.

Have a read about the Adams B&W Zone system for exposures

which can easily be translated for digital photography.


Kevin said...

Keep on with the B&W experiment Henry, I think it is great. I agree with what you say about the photo of the Indian girl, she really does seem to be looking right through the viewer - stunning!! I think B&W still has much to offer and I love the way that it always looks so etherial and nostalgic even when it is a very modern subject being photographed, always seems to have a sepia quality to them, and always interesting to look at, I think.

B&W definitely shows more detail than colour and seems to shout at you to look over here at this and this and this, if you know what I mean. I am a skilled artist, working mainly in oils/acrylics of a very detailed, realistic and almost photographic nature (hate abstract) but, although I love using oils/acrylics, my real passion is in doing VERY detailed pencil works for the very same reasons that are evident in B&W photos, in that they always seem to be clearer and have a much greater range of tones that can be achieved, from very light to very dark and yet still retain clarity. It is very difficult to show very subtle changes of tone in colour work and make it noticeable. I think it is this that you are finding so exciting in the B&W photography!

Keep going on the B&W Henry and I think you will have a lot more fun and excitement to come. Love the blog, check it every day and I love watching your programmes on Sky TV, though it's time for some new ones.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!! Regards ... Kev

Nigel said...

I really like the bottom B&W shot of the centrepin in focus and the rod/fisherman blurring off into the background. Nicely composed, well shot and great post-production to get it like this.

Just curious, do you use lightroom/photoshop to do your conversions, and do you work with RAW files?

Henry Gilbey said...

Martyn - many thanks. Ansel Adams is a true master, and I think I have about ten lifetimes before I even get close to being a tenth of what he was. But I am hugely grateful for your kind comments.

Kevin - that girl in India was simply breathtaking to photograph and I came away really moved by her complete lack of fear at a camera. She beamed the most wonderful smile when I showed her the results on the back of my camera. I made some prints up for a friend who was going back out there to give to her, but they never got there for various reasons. I always felt bad about that. I love reading what you say about the differences between colour and black and white, many thanks. Happy Xmas to you guys, thanks for the comments. Where can I see some of your work ?

Nigel - I always shoot RAW files, and then process through a RAW processor (not Lightroom, the programme drives me insane because it forces you to import images to a Lightroom catalogue/database, and I hate this), to finish off via various generally automated actions I have set up in Photoshop etc. All very simple stuff really, designed to get my stuff in and out of the computer as fast as possible, and with the least amount of hassle. And then to clients of course.

As regards the black and white conversions, they are done in a variety of different ways that I am learning about all the time.

And to think that at age 20 I had no idea what a mouse was !! Seriously. Scary...

Kevin said...

Hi Henry, I have sent you an email with photos of my artwork attached. Regards ... Kevin