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  1. I haven't fished the park, but I do fish for big brookies north of there. Here are a few patterns and links to try. streamers 1. wolly buggers or bead head buggers 2. strip leeches 3. muddler minnows drys 1. stimulators 2. wulffs 3. Goddard Caddis A few links Ontario's Algonquin Park by Nick Pujic http://www.hatchesmagazine.com/page/month/342 TheFlyFishingBug http://groups.msn.com/TheFlyFishingBug/flyrecipelist.msnw Brook Trout Heaven http://members.shaw.ca/amuir/ good luck and let us know how it goes. Guidofisherman
  2. I have also resorted to the auto setting, but it seems slower to focus. I was using the underwater setting when diving in Cuba but now I just adjust the photos in PS.
  3. Great shots. The partially submerged shots are my favourite. The G10 has done a super job. It did a great job on the white balance. What settings did you use? Having taken underwater photos of steelhead and brookies myself, I know how challenging the cold can be and getting the focus. I look forward to seeing some more. Alan
  4. You have a great eye for composition and interesting photo angles. I really like the DOF in the last shot and would love to see the excellent composition of the B&W in colour. I'm impressed! Alan
  5. I really like the total layout, colour scheme and rollover addition. It displays the best part...your photo composition. Great work. What program did you use to create the site?
  6. Very nice shots. I like the composition of the shots and the great use of DOF. Alan
  7. Congratulations. I also 'bit the bullet' and just bought the Nikon D40 body with the 18-200 VR zoom. What a difference from my old P&S camera.
  8. I am very impressed with the composition of each shot as they tell a story. The post processing is also excellent. Could you share a bit about how you adjusted the first few? Excellent work! Alan
  9. The palm shot was just lucky. Yes, it was taken on an olive strip leech. The fish stayed long enough for several burst shots and then flipped off. The blue thing in the back is a tag that I inserted for the MNR as part of a research project. No, they are not officially Coasters as they were caught above a dam with no direct access to Lake Superior, but they are often referred to as Coasters because of their size. Alan
  10. Here are a few shots from the summer to welcome in the new year. They were shot with a small Canon P&S with an under water case. Alan
  11. Now there is somebody with a photographic eye. It's not about megapixels, resolution, or expensive equipment...its the eye of the photographer. Very well done Graham! I especially like the use of light in the head shots and the DOF of the flyfisherman pic. Great! Alan
  12. Here is the link to the tutorial for the PS pop-outs. http://video-tutorials-chile.blogspot.com/...om-picture.html Alan
  13. I have been playing around with Photoshop to create these shots that seems to jump out of the frame. I simply followed a tutorial I found on the web then added the frame details on my own. I think they look a little more impressive on the black background on my site. Alan
  14. The wide part of the shirt tag makes cool wings, but I use the other end for eyes and just melt the tips a bit for crayfish, scud and small nymphs etc.
  15. Pentax Optio series is great and my choice for limited wet use. Also remember...it does not float so use the wrist strap over water. I use the Canon series of P&S cameras that have an underwater case specifically designed for them. Here is a link to their info: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/uwphoto/index-e.html The case is a bit bulkier, but can go 130ft for diving and protects the camera better. The case costs about $150 over the camera cost. I also keeps sand out of the lens cover which can jamb in a beach setting.
  16. I made several shadow box displays that held 6 big streamer flies. I also bought mine at the dollar store and they included a sliding glass front. To mount the flies, I bought coloured thin foam and cut two pieces with pinking shears to overlap vertically near the centerline of the box. This gave me a zig-zag edge to hook the flies into. They were given as a prize. Alan
  17. I'm also a brookie nut. Up here in NW Ontaro, we have two sizes of brook trout....small and big. The inland lakes and streams have the typical 4 to 10 inch brookies, then we have the big boys called Coasters that live in Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon and The Nipigon river (home of the WR 14lbs 8oz in 1915). Genetically, it has been scientifically provern there is no significant difference between the two. A 10 inch parent can produce a fish that will grow to 8lbs or more, yet that same large fish could produce a 6 inch stream brookie. The determining factor seems to be food source and location. Here is a link to my site called "Brook Trout Heaven" that focuses on the larger variety only because of availability. I equally admire and respect ALL sizes of brook trout. C&R only! Here is a taste of what excites me. The first one is just over 5 lbs caught on a woolhead sculpin pattern and the underwater shot simply shows the release of a fish from a different angle. Enjoy! Alan http://members.shaw.ca/amuir/
  18. Great technique and examples. Makes a very interesting photo....thanks
  19. That was one BIG brook trout and congrats to the guy who caught and released it. I don't think I would be able to do that being so close to the world record and near the end of it's life anyway. One can only dream! F.Y.I. the acknowledged world record brook trout was caught in 1915 on the Nipigon River by Dr. Cook. It measured 34 inches in length and weighed 14.5 pounds. Here is a link to an aricle published in "Outdoor Canada" magazine about the BIG FISH. http://members.shaw.ca/amuir/brooke_trout.htm
  20. Underwater photography depends a lot on the type of camera, settings, water quality and luck. After a few years "playing" with photographing fish under water, here are a few ideas that might help. Set the camera to manual, bump white balance, change to "cloudy", up the speed, turn off flash. If using the "auto" mode with flash, use a flash diffuser. Water, weather conditions: Get out of the current and bubbles, sun over your shoulder illuminating the subject, get closer. Angle camera towards surface to get interesting reflections. Shoot lots and hope. Post processing with a program like Photoshop will adjust for many problems.
  21. Excellent photography and clarity. The variety of species is amazing. It is very difficult to get such quality underwater shots. Here are a few I took of some large Nipigon brook trout that were released. Alan "BrooK Trout Heaven" http://members.shaw.ca/amuir/
  22. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife. Regreatably, I know exactly how you feel. About 2.5 years ago. My wife went for a regular check up and had a mamogram revealing a lump. It turned out to be breast cancer so she started chemotherapy. About 2 months into the treatments, during regular blood work and catscan, the doctors told us she also had renal cancer and would have to have her kidney removed. Wow, two cancers at the same time! How do we deal with that? I know it is hard to look at your situation positively, but attitude and staying positive is vital. We are actually thankful (now) she had the breast cancer, otherwise, she would not have had all of those follow up tests revealing the renal cancer until it was too late. I also know your feeling of loosing interest in fishing etc. as I basically gave up tying and fishing for two years. I went occasionally, but my heart wasn't in it. A colleague of mine gave me some valuable advice as his wife was going through a different cancer about the same time. He said, "When your wife has cancer, so do you." While you may not be going through actual cancer or treatments, you are going though the emotions and stresses with your wife. Even though you probably are experiencing that numb feeling, stay positive, look after yourself as well as yor wife, and remember, you will get through this together. Take it, 'one day at a time'. My wife is doing fine now, but I admit I feel uneasy going to those frequent check ups she still has, but you got to do it. I'm back tying and fishing this past year and appreciate it more than ever. Life is good. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife as you go through this ordeal. Respectfully...Alan and Jo-Ann
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