It's always a buzz........

I watched those fishing shows I did exactly twice each - the first time when I was sent a rough cut and had to go through to see if there were any obvious editing errors on the fishing side of things, and then once more when each episode was completed and ready for transmission. Believe it or not, but I have never watched any of them ever again and I don't intend to. I loved making them, but the act of watching myself on the box always freaked the living daylights out of me. I can remember my wife and I sitting down to watch the first episode of the first TV series I did when it aired for the first time. She had wanted to ask some people around to come and watch it but I said no way. Up came the title sequence and up I jumped and turned the TV off. That was that. Couldn't do it. But seeing photographs that I shot in magazines and books ? Now that makes me beam with pride, and yes, I can look at them again and again. Photographers like me can end up shooting a lot of material when we are out on location, and of course only a certain percentage actually ends up getting published - and when the magazine or book goes and uses the actual photos you hoped they would pick from the shoot then I can not tell you how it makes me beam from ear to ear........

I got my new issue of Sea Angler magazine through the post last week and I was pretty chuffed to see this shot of mine used for the cover of the Bass Angler section. I have covered how this section of the magazine came to be on my blog before and I am thrilled to see how integral it has become to such a strong and long-standing mag as Sea Angler. I can remember reading Sea Angler when I was barely old enough to tie on a hook, so you can get an idea of the buzz I continue to get when these people actually go and publish my words and photos. It's a very simple photograph, but if you get away from the "artistic" side of it and think of it in purely magazine terms then it actually says quite a lot. Bass safely held by a fish-grip in the water and pliers that have just removed a lure from its mouth. Bass doing just fine. That kind of thing.

A few years back we had a sublime few hours in south east Ireland, but not because we caught a stack of bass. Far from it in fact. From memory we blanked quite spectacularly that morning, but for me with my cameras it was just awesome. I came away from those few hours with a bunch of photographs of bass fishing that will live with me forever, and although me as the photographer is jumping for joy with the sheer thrill of being able to shoot stuff like this, what is actually chosen and published from the selection that I send in has nothing to do with me. I upload my photos to Sea Angler and then hope that the photo person "sees" what I saw and then picks up on the photos that I secretly hope they might use for a feature of mine. When this happens as you can see above you will usually find me bouncing off the walls of my office. Did I say that I get a kick out of seeing my photographs in print ?

The photo above that is in Sea Angler magazine this month was again shot in south east Ireland in some very tidy bass fishing conditions. As much as I would like to fish all the time, I always have at least one eye on various photo opportunities. I can't help it and I guess you could say that my addiction to photography is as bad or as strong as it is to fishing. Nick Hart is one hell of a fly angler, but he is also more than happy to pick up the lure gear when the conditions dictate. As they did on this particular day. I "saw" the shot a fairly long way away from Nick, so I gingerly moved my way into position over some horribly slippery, weed-covered boulders and then waited until the sea behaved a bit with the angle I had on my subject matter (Nick) and the light. To then see it run across two pages in this month's Sea Angler in my head means that somebody up there is "seeing" both the impact of the photo and the fact that it "says" what is required in terms of an actual article. It makes it all worthwhile to me and I guess you can't ask for much more than that........