For the first day of fall 2018, we woke up to sunshine. We decided the only way to enjoy the beautiful day in Kodiak was by going halibut fishing together as a family. Double bonus, I could document it for class. So we ditched all of our usual responsibilities in hopes to fill our freezer before winter. We try to take any opportunity that we can to be on the water together as a family. It brings me great joy to be able to teach them how to love, respect and live off of the land with Dylan. It is important to us that the kids are a part of every stage of the process from baiting the hooks to freezing the fresh packages. I wanted the photos to tell a story as it gave a glimpse of the entire process of halibut fishing. We spent two days completely disconnected from the chaos of our daily life. It felt amazing to reconnect with each other and nature as we worked together to fill our freezer.

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Photo Explanations

Print 1: Bait

Style/Intent: I took photos of the bait from several different angles and settled on the water being the best option as the background for the image. The horizon or addition of Kennady drew away from the bait. I wanted to give a snapshot glimpse of the entire process of halibut fishing from start to finish. As I was trying to document all of the different stages of halibut fishing, I decided to start with the bait as what is used can determine if a fishing trip is a success or not.  I didn’t want the audience to be able to focus on anything else.

Manipulation: I adjusted the lighting so that it brightened both the silver railing and on the salmon. I wanted the eyes to be drawn instantly to the bait. Along with using the lighting to draw focus to the fish heads I wanted to bring out the color of the salmon’s flesh to contrast the white/silver. I also formatted the image for best printing results and straighten out the railing so that it was no longer crooked.

Print 2: Gloves

Style/Intent and Manipulation: I started by formatting the image for best printing results. I wanted the focus to be again on the bait, but I wanted to add some contrast by adding color to the photo by including Dylan’s gloves in the shot. The colored gloves pop in this photo next to the white line and deck as a backdrop. For both of these photos, I didn’t want anything in the background to draw attention away from the focal point of the photo. I started by manipulating the color to hight the color of the gloves to catch the audiences eye and lead them to the fisheye. The image is slightly off center but not entirely which I like.

Web 1: Gazing at the Bouy

Style Intent and Manipulation: I started by formatting my picture for the web. For this photo, I intentionally didn’t center my son Gavin because I wanted the audience to be drawn into him and the buoy he is gazing at trying to mentally prepare himself to hook. I wanted to include the vast and open horizon in the photo. Unlike the first two photos, I didn’t include it in the background took away from the photo, but added to the depth of it. You can’t see land, wildlife or any other boats, all you can see is a boy watching a buoy. The anticipation killing everyone as we question if our fishing trip with being bountiful or not. I really liked how the railing caught my eye and lead me into the photo. It’s an easy progression to follow the railing to Gavin, and the to continue on from his gaze to the buoy and then off into the horizon.

Web 2: Bringing the Gear Up 

Manipulation and Style/Intent: I wanted to try to recreate the suspense of waiting to see if we caught a halibut or not. I placed Dylan and the boys off centered trying to use the rule of thirds and a less busy background to keep the focus on the boys, but also what could potentially be coming out of the water. We can usually spot the halibut swimming below the surface so its hard not to always be peaking over the edge waiting for a sign of life. I love enhancing the lighting and color in the photo. I was lucky to have such a beautiful day to take pictures in. The natural and bright light really adds to the depth of the scene.

Monitor 1: First Days Catch 

Manipulation and Style/Intent: For this photo, I wanted to use the natural lines of the boat. Unlike the first photos that I took, I really wanted to include more into the background. I was excited about the halibut that we had caught after our first day, but I was also excited about leaving out more gear to check the next day. By incorporating more than just the halibut in the photo it gave a different perspective showing two different stages of the process in one photo. What I began to realize is that I didn’t pick one composition rule to focus on at a time.

Monitor 2: Filleting the Halibut

Manipulation and Style/intent: After two days of fishing I wanted to end with Dylan filleting the halibuts. It seemed like the last important glimpse of the process and more interesting then the packaging portion would be when the halibut is filled. I wanted to again balance the photo by including not only the meat that we do take to eat but the carcass that is left behind that we then have to dispose of afterward.

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