Light leaks, Sierra Nevada’s, and big fish. Fly fishing on the Upper Owens, toting around my Mamiya 7, some Portra, and a few beers. I usually don’t like my photos to have imperfections, but this one roll wasn’t wrapped very tight coming out of camera, and there was nothing I could really do about it. For some reason whenever I load 220 into my camera, I always have one minor hiccup.
Last week on the Upper Owens before the temperature dropped 40°. Today it is 10° with a wind chill of -25°. I like the movement in this photo, this is my friend Brendon checking his rig, chasing migrating bows out of Crowley lake. The next time I’m here, it will be covered in snow. Winter time fishing in the Eastern Sierras.
Soaking it all in. I have been fortunate to go to Indonesia several times, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been on this planet. Good waves, cold Bintangs, and amazing people.
Two thousand miles later, up the California coast to the Bay Area, over the Sierras through Tahoe and into Reno. Down the 395 to Mono County and eventually back into San Diego. I am home from my Thanksgiving holiday. Film needs to get developed. All good things must come to an end. Back to work.
Roaming the Upper Owens river in search of migratory fish that come out of Crowley lake. This day I decided to experiment with some slide film and my trusty warming filter. It kind of looks like fly fishing during the apocalypse, but I still like it. From top to bottom…
My good friend Ben, keeping a low profile as there is nothing to hide behind up here. The big fish are very wary and we still spooked a lot with our approach.
I’m not sure if the cattle who roam this land created these Earth pimples or what, but they litter the land and sure do look pretty cool.
Nick tying on pattern #437 to try and trick some fish. This day was one of the slowest fishing days we’ve ever had up there. Yet the weather was incredible….go figure.
Nick, Ben and Murphy (the dog) switching to dry flies as it is a more engaging way to catch fish rather than nymphing all day.
All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak E100VS
A few photos from the Owen’s Valley Gorge. The geology of this place is hard to fathom, and putting it into scale in photographs is challenging. I don’t think I nailed any this trip, but this just mean I have to go back. : )
From Top to Bottom…
My buddy Nick scoping out a pretty fishy run towards the end of our day. We spent the afternoon casting size 18 b.w.o. dry flies to willing brown trout.
It is hard to tell in this photo, but there is a group of climbers on top of the rock avalanche. The gorge has tons of climbing for those willing to put their life on the line.
On our way out, Nick has to help his 3 legged dog Murphy out of the canyon. *note to self* Maybe leave Murphy with someone if venturing back to gorge.
This last photo shows the decent into the canyon, foot traffic scars the Earth as we explore downstream into the Gorge.
All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Portra 160.
Heading to the Lower Owens this weekend (finally) to get some fishing in with my good friend Nick (above). We will be taking his Ford E350 Diesel Van which is an amazing road car for road trips. This was taken last February. The flows are still good and I am ready get some fairy sticking in.
I will also be bringing my polecam to shoot some aerial photos of the Lower Owens and expand my 30 rivers from 30 feet project. Hopefully I can get some more goods, like the bottom image. I really need to blow that one up for my wall.
I love my 1986 VW Vanagon. It is the perfect car for my family and I. I use it to go to the beach, work, and everyday chores. I love the white with blue stripe, and the insane amount of storage room inside. It has a full size bed in the back when we are on road trips, so when you’re ready to rest your eyes, simply just pull over and find a sufficient spot. When we have enough time, we take it on long road trips. It is not a quick weekend trip car so a week of vacation is minimum to take the van. Trips that normally take about 5-6 hours are now in the 7-8 hour range.
It is a great car that I will hold onto for a very long time. However this week, I pulled the trigger and bought a brand new 2014 Subaru Outback. This car is going to be a huge change for me. Weekends can now be filled with trips to the Eastern Sierras, San Francisco, Mexico, etc…It will be an everyday commuter car and weekend warrior car. It gets delivered to my house this weekend, and I will be taking it to Monterey to visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday, and hopefully squeeze some fly fishing in. I will definitely take some photos and post a review of it by the end of the month. Today though is my last official day living the #vanlife.
I used to be stoked on shooting empty wave photos a few years back. I would wake up early and swim out with one roll loaded and take 2-3 hours, sometimes longer to finish just 36 exposure on my Canon EOS 1n. I can’t seem to get motivated recently to put my camera in my water housing. Whether it be from the amount of “surf” photographers on instagram, or the fact that every said photographer most likely shoots with a GoPro, the feeling of getting a good tube shot just isn’t the same. I am definitely having a hard time appreciating the GoPro craze. All these photos were shot one random morning when I was living down in Encinitas. No 8gb card needed, just one roll, some swell, and a sunrise.
My personal favorites are the over-under images, where water is just passing by my lens port and there is a little sliver of light and wave in focus.
Another series of images this time from the opposite side of the globe in the Mentawai Island chain in Indonesia. Light refracts off clouds and ocean to create some pretty dynamic scenes.
All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak Portra 400.
Another series of images, this time in and around one of my favorite towns in the Eastern Sierras. Bridgeport, CA. There’s great food, good people and awesome scenery in town as well as a quick drive right outside of town. We usually take advantage of the incredible fly fishing and then cap off our day with a soak in one of the many hot springs around.
All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak Portra 400.
This is a series of images shot one afternoon in the Gorge in the high desert of the Eastern Sierras. There is a very harsh contrast in light here, and I’m not patient enough to use graduated filters. Only sunrise, dusk and cloudy days can you achieve a proper exposure when not using proper filters. I try my best to shoot a few photos, but that’s only after fishing a very fun stretch of river that’s lined with stinging nettle and perfect hide outs for poisonous snakes. This is a great place to feel very insignificant for a day, and not help but think that a whole side of the canyon might come crashing in.
All photos were shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak Portra 400 and a special filter to get the uber warm look.
Winter time fishing is right around the corner. Don’t forget to bring your waders inside, you never know what you will wake up to the next morning.
Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
Top: Mamiya 7 + Kodak Tri-x 400
Bottom: Minolta SRT201 + Kodak Tri-x 400
TSA stands for “Thousands Sitting Around” A typical view while you wait to depart from any airplane. Living the tarmac dream.
Contax G2 + Kodak Tri-x
I’m sick of being busy, it’s time to clear my schedule (and mind). I’m due for a quick run to the eastern side of the Sierra Range.
Mamiya 7 + Kodak Portra