I’m a stay at home dad with my two boys, Mason and Cruz. Like most first-time parents, I had a list of hobbies to start with “all the extra time I was going to have” while staying at home. Amongst the list of fun new hobbies to fill my time with, I had left out the one major chapter of my life: being a new parent. Needless to say my lack of free time forced me to focus on my passions outside of family life: fly fishing and underwater fish photography.
I specialized in underwater photography and get a thrill at capturing fish underwater where, I think, they are their most beautiful. Shooting through water offers its own challenges due to the clarity and the amount of light that is lost as soon as the camera is submerged. With so many obstacles, checking then rechecking the settings on the camera is a must. Camera setting and catching the fish are the easy parts when you compare it to reaching Idaho’s gin clear waters high in the Sawtooth Mountains. Packing in camera gear to any alpine lake is straining after miles of hiking; however, when one shot of a fish turns out - clarity, sharpness, color, fish-entirely-in-the-frame - all strenuous effort melts away.
Underwater photography is a hobby that started after graduating college. My passion began throughout my involvement with organizations such as Boise Valley Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, Women Fly Fishers of Idaho, and other groups that use fly fishing to heal or teach.
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