Bent Rods


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Action shot - Had the photographer moved Kasper a little to the right and gotten the rod tip into picture left, we would have been close to perfection
Action shot
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Another horseshoe - Yet again an example of the extreme load put on a rod. Photographically it\'s hardly as interesting
Another horseshoe
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Bent rod, no doubt - A large jack put a deep bend into this rod, but we can\'t really see it. Bring the tip into the picture if possible
Bent rod, no doubt
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Different perspective - This Icelandic salmon fight was caught from above the river on a small cliff, which offered a different perspective on a bent rod
Different perspective
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DIY POV - It takes some nerve to shoot a fight yourself while the fish is struggling to get off at close range, but the result can be worth it
DIY POV
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Double arc - My friend Nils with fish on caught by me while fighting my own fish.
Double arc
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Down and dirty - This term is Billy Pate\'s used for his method of tiring tarpon by pressing it sideways. This fish is a 1 lb garfish not a 100 lbs tarpon, but it makes for a nice bent-rod picture
Down and dirty
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Extra bent - The last phase of the fight often offers a rod bent to the extreme
Extra bent
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Extreme POV - By holding the camera close to the rod you can get some different action pics
Extreme POV
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Fish view - As seen from the fish side of things - here shot with an extreme wideangle lens, a fisheye, causing the curved horizon
Fish view
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It may look easy - But keeping a 2-3 lbs. sea trout under control in waist deep water while handling a large SLR-camera can be unnerving
It may look easy
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Keep the rod high - As you can see here it\'s better to keep the rod high when shooting your own fights. This rod tip almost blends too well with the water
Keep the rod high
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Landing - Landing scenes often offer nice views of bent rods
Landing
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No tip - In spite of the fact that the rod tip is out of the picture, it still illustrates the situation quite nicely
No tip
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Over the shoulder - This is an example of the over-the-shoulder view. In this case more like next-to-the-shoulder
Over the shoulder
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Pike fight - This fisheye picture is a hybrid between the straight-on and the over-the-shoulder category
Pike fight
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POV - A classical POV bent rod shot by the angler himself
POV
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Sideways - A great way of getting action is when the rod is sideways rather than upright. Wait for those moments during the fight
Sideways
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Silhouette - Sunsets make excellent backgrounds for silhouette pictures. Also ones with bent rods.
Silhouette
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Silhouette and color - Using the dusk light and a flash secured this beautifully colored bent-rod picture
Silhouette and color
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Slanting - It doesn\\\'t harm the image that the horizon isn\\\'t horizontal here. It could easily have been angled even more to add dynamics and drame
Slanting
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Standard over the shoulder - By standing behind the angler, you get a nice being-there perspective
Standard over the shoulder
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Still far away - Even though the fish is nowhere near the picture there is action to be seen in this picture
Still far away
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Straight on and splash - Any fight picture is better with a sign of the fish in it: splashes, rings or maybe the jumping fish
Straight on and splash
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The golden section - You never go wrong with this composition. Angler in one golden intersection, rod tip in the opposite
The golden section
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Ultimate fish view - Shot from the fish\' perspective - except for the fact that the picture was shot on dry land and that there was no fish, but a small backpack attached to the line!
Ultimate fish view
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When casting - An alternative way of looking at the bent rod - while the angler is casting
When casting
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When landing - Pictures reveal how much load and bend our rods really can take. They are indeed marvels of engineering.
When landing
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Where is the rod tip? - Bent rods pictures are best when the rod tip is in the picture
Where is the rod tip?