CATCHING YOUR CATCH
(on film that is!)
Having spent hours patiently waiting for that 'personal record', you would
probably want to share your moment of glory with the world. So an essential
part of your fishing equipment should be a camera (but unfortunately even this
can't help with 'the one that got away!')
A basic 'point and shoot'
compact camera with built-in flash and self-timer
should be adequate and I would recommend a waterproof type for obvious
A good flash is essential
if taking picures in low light or at night, but can
be equally used during the daytime to brighten your subject. It is not,
however, practical to use flash when photographing water because of surface
reflections. Night time shots, even with flash, are not always the most
successful and it is preferable to sack the carp up until morning when the light
will be better.
Taking the Picture
The first thing to
remember in any photography is ensure that the camera is
not facing the sun as this will cause flare in the lens and ruin your shot.
Always try to have the sun behind or to the side of the camera - sun directly
overhead will produce a picture that may be lacking in detail but unfortunately
fish taking your bait are not bothered what time of the day it is so grab your
photo when you can!
You can hand hold the
camera to take your shot but this is not very helpful if
you want to be in the picture yourself. Here the self-timer facility is a must
if you don't have anybody to take the photo for you and it's a simple process to
Firstly find a spot with a
suitable background, such as a tree or bush, then stand the camera on a flat and
steady surface (if you have a tripod, all the better although tackle shops sell
a useful item called a 'Bank Stick Adaptor' - you screw the camera onto the top
and angle the spike into the ground).
Secondly, aim the camera
to where you will be standing - a good tip is to
mark the predetermined spot with a stick to make sure you will be in frame.
Set the camera to operate with flash if required and press the self-timer
button. The camera will then be on standby mode ready for action! It is
advisable to cover the camera with a plastic bag at this point to protect it
from the weather until needed.
When you are ready, all
you need do to take the photo is to fully depress the
shutter button (obviously having removed the plastic bag first!). You then have
10 seconds for the timer to count down, collect your fish , settle in your
predetermined spot, smile proudly and wait for the CLICK! Some cameras are
supplied with an infrared trigger device which means that you can set the shot
up at leisure and fire the camera remotely when you are ready.
A good tip - when you have
your fish on the unhooking mat and just prior to
taking your photo, fill a cup of lake water and gently rinse the carp to remove
any leaves and debris and wash the skin to remove the froth that will be
covering the surface.
Any colour print film will
suffice and you will quickly get to know what make
you prefer. Some people like to use slide but the disadvantage here is that
you cannot easily share your triumphs with fellow anglers as you need a slide
projector to view them. This method is excellent, however, if you want to scan
the slide and keep a record on computer, although most processors now offer the
facility of putting your prints on a CD for storage and viewing.
Whatever film you use, for
best results I would recommend using a 'fast' film of
either 200 or 400 ISO. This will help prevent any accidental blurring caused by
movement or slight camera shake at the time of taking the picture