Posts Tagged ‘salt water’

Pah Nah Mah

Pah Nah Mah

I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW, but in my 30-plus years of photography and fishing travel I have somehow missed out on one the world’s more fertile angling playgrounds. I’ve lurked around the perimeter of Panama, but until last week the stars have never properly aligned for entry. Thanks to Mike Fitzgerald and Joe Codd at Frontiers […]


2016 In Review

TWENTY-SIXTEEN WAS A BIG YEAR. New clients were booked, revenue milestones were reached, shutter clicks were off the scale, and the official year-end tally of My Butt In An Airline Seat surpassed 15,000 miles. In this video, you’ll find a smattering of my 2016 work from The Olympic Range to the Seychelles. Much appreciation to YETI and Frontiers International Travel, […]


Silver Anniversary

Silver Anniversary

A LOT HAS CHANGED in the Florida Keys since my first visit in May 1991 but, fortunately, a lot of things have remained the same: namely, the mass migration of grown-up tarpon through gin clear shallows. Confession: I haven’t made 25 consecutive return trips just for the conch fritters. If you’ve never seen the annual […]


Far Flung

Far Flung

WHILE THERE AREN’T MANY new fly-fishing discoveries in this vociferous age of chatrooms, GPS, and social media; there are still a few “developed” spots so wild and remote that you feel a certain Captain Cook vibe when you first step ashore on a small island located 10 time zones from your home. The Seychelles have long […]


I’m Not a Scientist…But…

I'm Not a Scientist…But...

WHEN MIKE FITZGERALD CALLED and asked if I’d like to photograph a group of Frontiers clients heading down to Belize, I jumped at the photo-op when he explained that a sidebar of the mission would involve some tagging and genetic study led by The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. I’d never met or fished with their lead […]


Dog Days

Dog Days

IF YOU’VE LIVED IN TEXAS for any length of time, you know that bombastic statements about the weather will typically circle back around in the form of a platter heaped tall with crow. Some doomsayers, this spring, were predicting that our central Texas lakes would never fill again. Now we’ve got weather-folk proclaiming that our 7-year […]


Muy Difícil

Muy Difícil

THERE ARE PERMIT FANATICS and those who aren’t. I fall somewhere in between. I’m typically in need of quality permit images (aren’t most photographers?) so sometimes I lean toward fanatic. But even then I try to temper my expectations; and when I’m selecting a fly or tying knots or stalking a permit or making the […]


Marsh Porn

Marsh Porn

IF YOU’VE FOLLOWED THIS newsletter for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t often post shots of people holding up fish for the camera. I certainly don’t deride that scene, but I’m typically shooting for publication and there aren’t many buyers for gratuitous fish portraits…unless the angler is wearing a bikini…and looks really good in […]


Independence

Independence

Blake Brown, the morning after his last college exam  FOR EACH OF THE PAST 16 years, my wife and kids and me have spent a good chunk of the summer in Port Aransas,Texas. If you’ve never been there, here’s a bullet synopsis: Great fishing Okay beaches Great eating Great fishing In the early years of […]


Year In, Year Out

Year In, Year Out

SAVE FOR A COUPLE of years when the dates got jiggled by familial obligations, this was my 23rd year in the Florida Keys during the last week of May. Any why that particular week? Because that’s when my guide dates are booked and I don’t dare give them up. Oh sure, some years we’re a […]


Orale!

Celebrating the low-impact angler. A collection of fly-fishing scenes via kayak and canoe from Texas to the Yucatan.


Back In The Saddle

Back In The Saddle

Well, after seventy-odd days of weather blowouts, punts from the end zone, domestic responsibilities, and myriad other calamities beyond my control, it felt REALLY good to get back on the water with a camera. Texas coastal weather conditions have been pretty crappy this spring, but early last week I snuck through a window with light […]


Bitch Jacks

Bitch Jacks

Last week I traveled to Southern Belize with all good intentions of fishing for permit and shooting photos in a place I’ve never been. I was able to check both goals off the list, but soon you’ll notice a conspicuous absence of a key component of this trip report. Note that I said, “fishing for […]


A Texas Blitz

A Texas Blitz

There’s an inedible bullet-shaped fish in the Gulf that has been cursed by offshore fishermen for as long as anyone can remember. Like most Texans I’ve always called them bonito, but on a recent trip to North Carolina I learned that they’re not an actual bonito, which is more closely related to the mackerels. These […]


Private Photo Assignments

Recently I’ve been booking a few private assignment shoots for folks that want a unique and lasting record of a special gathering of friends, clients, or family. I’m offering that program again this fall and here’s how it typically works: You schedule a cool event or trip that involves hunting, fishing, or outdoor activities I […]


Them Redfish

Them Redfish

I love redfish. Have I mentioned that? Specifically I love redfish that wag their tails on slick-ass summer mornings when I’ve sweated through my shirt by 7:30 and the air is so heavy that it feels like I’m breathing through a damp towel. As usual, I spent the better party of July in Port Aransas […]


Andros Redux

Andros Redux

This trip was originally scheduled for early May: a marketing shoot for Frontiers and Kamalame Cay, and an anniversary trip for me and my lovely bride. Fortunately for all, we were able to re-schedule when the first round of monsoons raked the Bahamas and made conditions not so ideal for brochure photos. In mid-June we […]


Planet Tarpon

Planet Tarpon

I saw my first Florida Keys tarpon in May of 1991. I didn’t catch one that year, but they caught me. Since that first visit, I’ve gone back for twenty-one consecutive Mays with my wife, kids, parents, brother, sister, nieces, and nephews. We’ve had years with epic weather and fishing; and years with rain, wind, […]


Filtered Light

Filtered Light

There’s an old mariner’s adage that suggests nice weather is coming if the clouds break late in the day and reveal the evening sunset. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning Well, from the perspective of six blokes fishing Andros Island between May 20-25, 2012, that’s a big honkin’ load […]


The Waterline

The Waterline

I’m a creature of habit. That serves me well with most things, but not photography. One of the toughest challenges that I have in creating marketable imagery, is overcoming my tendency to shoot the same angles when returning multiple times to a favorite locale. Last week, my son Blake and I drove down to Rockport for […]


That Good Time of Year

That Good Time of Year

Per the usual, I shucked all things pressing in late June and bagged a few days with family, friends, Port Aransas and redfish. We had a four-day burp of high water with Tropical Storm Arlene but things returned quickly to normal: calm waters, strong tides, sunny skies and mobs of tailing fish. Determined to broaden […]


East Cape Fandango

East Cape Fandango

It had been awhile. About 20 years. I’ve been to Cabo Proper a couple of times since 1990, but it was nice to get back to the East Cape where the pace is considerably slower and hair-braiding is still reasonably priced. Last week my friend Mike Siegman and I spent five days with guide Jeff […]


Ode to a Trusty Yaller Box

Ode to a Trusty Yaller Box

  Casco Bay, Maine: he was more than just a camera box… This is a sad day for me; a day that I’ve dreaded for quite some time. His rusted wheels have slowed him down for the past couple of years, especially on long airport hikes. Too many days in saltwater, no doubt, and lately […]


Back to the Marsh

Back to the Marsh

A year ago I visited South Louisiana at its brightest point in the post-Katrina era. The Saints had just won the Superbowl, New Orleans was buzzing again, and the marshes were full of healthy fish, birds, and critters. And then, a month later, the rug was again yanked from beneath their feet. Last week I […]