Below are a few favorite images from Discover the James outings. These include eagle tours, fishing trips, educational fishing classes and camps. Whether it's a scenic image, or an expression on someone's face, a historical event, or creative postioning of the camera ... they are all fun, which is what we strive for.
In the banner image above, an Atlantic sturgeon probes the shallows of the fall line on the James River. Can you see it?
Fish Slapped. (below) Not exactly fish slapped, but close. The powerful tail fin of a flathead catfish caused an incredible rush of water shooting into the face of an angling instructor I was working with on the James River. Knowing that flathead catfish love to kick up water upon being released back into the river, I positioned myself for this picture. Cha-ching!
Bassmaster Joel. (below) Another favorite fishing image with a young man holding up a largemouth bass, happily displayed. Good composition and a great smile are what makes this photo a winner to me. I like to say, 'Happy Fishing' and this pic, as well as the last one, says exactly that.
Bald Eagle. (below) This is one of my favorite all time images of a bald eagle. It's simply spectacular in the way it is perfectly composed with the wings in an upright position, like a golden statue on the top of some Indiana Jones treasure chest. Photo by Otis Sowell.
The Magic of Fishing. (below) Fog was lifting as the sun was rising on a chilly spring morning. Sometimes, just moving a few inches, into the right position, can create a magical image.
Funny Face Catfish. (below) How can you not love a photo of a kid holding a moster catfish and is in the middle of thinking, "I can't believe I'm holding this thing!". Love it.
Smoke on the Water. (below) Again, sometimes, moving around and getting into the exact right position can yield pretty funny images by combining two totally different subjects. Steve is fishing near the Dutch Gap Power Station, reeling in a catfishwith the scrubber (stack) hidden behind him. The smoke is quite visible, or is it that Steve is just thinking too hard?
The Grand Sunrise. Moving downriver I stuck my camera around the canopy of the pontoon boat and snapped a couple of pictures. This might be my favorite sunrise shot from the river so far. Unexpected yet expected.
Joel at Sunset. Sometimes it's just a matter of being on the water and letting nature do her thing. When experiencing a magical sunset like this one, a good photo is not hard, it's just a matter of the right exposure.
The Great Return. (below) Sometimes a great photo is exactly that simply because of the historical aspects of the subject matter. Atlantic sturgeon are now documented annual visitors to the James River, as they have been for over 100 milliion years. In this amazing photograph, Dr. Matt Balazik is holding the largest Atlantic sturgeon he had captured to date (photo taken in September 2009), a female weighing in the 300 pound range. Matt's ground breaking work helps write the incredible story of the great return of the Atlantic sturgeon. For more information on Atlantic sturgeon and Matt's work, click here. Photo by VCU Life Sciences.
The Great Return II. (below). This image is both historical and beautiful. Look carefully at the outline of the first photographed Atlantic sturgeon at the fall line in any tributary of the Chesapeake Bay is a century or more. This pic was taken looking straight down into the crystal clear waters of the James River, from the 14th St. Bridge in downtown Richmond, Virginia in the fall of 2012. You can see the shadow of the great fish on the rocky bottom of the river. Photo by Lynda Richardson.
Happy Fisher. (below). Probably one of my all time favorite fishing images. You can hear and feel this young boys excitement with the catch of his first fish. It was awesome. Still is.
Happy Anglerettes. One of the best things about the FlatOut Catfishing Workshop is the great people who come out to learn in the river, how to catch flathead catfish. Here two ladies take time out for a photo. This images offers pretty good compostion and the location can't be beat ... the James River.