Fishy photographer: Jonas Hoholt

Published Jun 3rd 2012

Jonas is a young Danish photographer in pursuit of a career as a freelancer


Jaws goes Lilliput

One single image from the camera of Danish Jonas Høholt has burned a lasting impression on my mind: the fantastic image of a small frog swimming over the open mouth of a rising rainbow - a Jaws goes Lilliput moment captured with great skill and drama.
Researching a bit further on Jonas I found numerous great images by him, and I of course contacted him with our usual set of fishy photographers questions.

How did you start photographing - and what made you choose fishing related photos in particular?
I am an avid fly fisherman, with saltwater as a favorite destination, and therefore it is natural to have a good, durable camera that can work under harsh conditions.
Fly fishing is great way of fishing, and there is always something interesting to photograph. There is plenty of room for innovation, and I constantly work to develop myself as a fishing photographer.
I bring my camera on all trips, and my attitude is that good photos only come through sweat, tears and hard work. Good photography requires lot of time, and a burning heart for photography. I'm open to inspiration from others, and accept constructive criticism with a smile.

Light and drama


Do you have a particular subject, region or a style of pictures that you mainly shoot or are you more all-round?
My favorite photo style is the sports style with fast shutter speeds and natural light. One of the most fascinating things about photography is that you can freeze motion, which the human eye would otherwise never see.
I love to photograph against the light, often resulting in a silhouette in the photo, with my personal stamp on the composition and colors.
It is not necessarily a hooked or caught fish that makes the best photo. I spend much time observing and photographing wild fish in their element in the beautiful waters in Denmark.
I'm generally a very experimental and innovative photographer who likes to get ideas together with others and share the joy over the results.
I am also fascinated by photographing people and capturing a magical moment.
I do not think so much while I shoot. I just think before and after.

Drake cover

Where are your photos used? Books, magazines, brochures, ads, web sites, prints, gallery exhibits or other places?
My photos are used in several different media. I can mention two hardworking guys who prepared At times I am very active on their blog, where other hardworking fishermen also tell of catches from many destinations nationally and internationally.
I've occasionally had pictures of the Danish monthly magazine "Sportsfiskeren", where I am also a freelance photographer and writer.

In Decemeber 2011, I was named "Best fish photographer 2011" by the same organization with my photo of a small helpless frog on its way into the mouth of a hungry rainbow trout.

Is photography your main source of income - if at all a source of income - and do you do other jobs as a supplement?
My photography has not yet produced a steady income. I have a little side income in my freelance work, but it is far from something I can live on. I believe in the future and hope to live on freelance work within photo journalism.

Can people buy your pictures and if so, then in which form and where?
I have my own website, with galleries containing my best fishing pictures.
There is also biography, contact page, and a list of my collaborators.
It will soon be possible to buy my photos at reasonable prices.

Wild fish

Fishing ambiance

Where do you Currently live and work?
I live, fish and work out of the northern part of Denmark, currently with no steady job, but always on the lookout for new adventures.

What's in your bag? Preferred cameras, bodies, lenses and other gear?
There are certain things I appreciate that my equipment can handle:
My camera equipment must be able to work under extreme conditions, since I shoot in everything from -20 to +35 degrees Celsius. I love taking pictures outdoors, and the camera must be able to handle a certain amount of rain and maybe a few drops of saltwater from a wave now and then.
However, I am always extra careful when wade fishing in saltwater.
My gear is:
Canon EOS 7D
17-40mm f/4L
60mm f / 2.8 Macro
70-300mm f/4-5, 6 Tele Zoom
Polarizing filter for photographing fish in water
Lowepro Dryzone pack containing all the equipment.

Jonas himself

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Your photos too?
Are you an enthusiastic fly fishing photographer? Pro, semi-pro, amateur? We don't care as long as your pictures are good and get around.
Let us know. Contact Martin through mail and your work can become a part of the Fishy Photographers series.

User comments
From: charles Weiss · chuckwhatyacaught·at·  Link
Submitted June 16th 2012

These are very exciting fishing images!

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