Paulo Marchesi can occasionally persuade his fishing buddy Marcel Siegle to be a modelas he did here one afternoon during a weekend trout-fishing excursion along the Upper Sacramento River, near Redding, California. "It was those two weeks in spring when the colors are really green," says the Italian-born, Bozeman, Montana‚Äìbased photographer. "We went out for the evening hatch, and when I got there an incredible light came out. I had a camera but no tripod, so I decided to take a series of blurred picturesgo all the way and make it more abstract."
Marchesi used 50-speed film, exposing it for 1/4 second at f/8 with a 24mm lens.
Andy Anderson was showing Ron Steward, a visiting friend and fly-fishing guide from New Zealand, the trout holes of Silver Creek, Idaho, when a summer afternoon thunderstorm started brewing on the horizon. Noticing the dramatic cloud formations, Anderson retreated to the riverbank, 50 feet from Steward, and began shooting. "We were afraid we were going to get struck by lightning," explains the Idaho-based commercial photographer. "Ten minutes after I took this, we had to get out of therewe were drenched. It's a shame, because the fish started rising as the storm did."
Anderson used 200-speed black-and-white slide film exposed for 1/250 second and a 28mm lens set at f/4.
Paolo Marchesi was fly-fishing for steelhead with a friend on Oregon's North Umpqua River one rainy day last summer when he took these shots with his medium-format Holga 120, a no-frills plastic camera. To "age" the images, he chemically distressed the negatives. "I wanted these photos to look like old Renaissance paintings, to give a sense of the history and magic of the Umpqua," says the 35-year-old Marchesi, a native of Italy who now lives in Bozeman, Montana.
The Holga's 60mm lens is fixed at f/8 with an exposure time of 1/100 second.