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While Others Sleep



Early morning trout fest on the Spring River in Arkansas. Love it early as the sun comes to shew away the fog.

Early morning trout fest on the Spring River in Arkansas. Love it early as the sun comes to shew away the fog.
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cam_obscura_
 
cam_obscura_ February 01, 2017
Great shot!
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kennyhimes February 01, 2017
Thank You!
EricKoth
 
EricKoth February 27, 2017
That's what I'm talking about...:) Counting the days for fall salmon runs lol
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kennyhimes February 27, 2017
Wishing you tight lines!:)
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llowzz March 05, 2017
This is a great shot.Makes wish I was there !!
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kennyhimes March 05, 2017
Thanks! It's one of my favorite spots! I wish I was there now :-)
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eelcovanroden May 13, 2017
Congratulations on your People's Choice Challenge Win!
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kennyhimes May 13, 2017
Thank you so much! Pretty exciting! I'm relatively new here so this is a first! I am honored to receive it!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq May 13, 2017
I love this so much! So atmospheric! It reminds me of my father fly-fishing on the river. :)
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kennyhimes May 13, 2017
So glad this triggered some meaningful memories! It was a magical morning for us! Very much appreciate your feedback!
indyjordan
 
indyjordan June 19, 2017
I do like watching this one more than once!
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kennyhimes June 19, 2017
Thanks! It is my desktop picture on my computer! :)
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz July 01, 2017
Beautiful work!
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kennyhimes July 01, 2017
Thank You! Much appreciated!
WilmaWolf Premium
 
WilmaWolf July 26, 2017
What a great photo! I love the fog. Great shot indeed.
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kennyhimes July 27, 2017
Thank you Wilma! Much appreciated. One of my favorites...
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kennyhimes April 20, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
jettahlily008 PRO+
 
jettahlily008 August 01, 2018
Great capture & composition! :)
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kennyhimes August 02, 2018
Thanks so much!
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eelcovanroden November 05, 2018
Again my congratulations!
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kennyhimes November 05, 2018
Thanks so much! It was an honor to be selected. There were some amazing entries!
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Pjerry Feb 29
This one is even better. I do like this.
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kennyhimes Feb 29
Thanks you! It's a personal favorite...

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the Spring River in North-Central Arkansas near the Missouri - Arkansas border. We love this stretch of the Spring River and two of us had driven over 500 miles to enjoy this trophy water. I was standing on a wet, slippery boulder in the middle of this moving stream to obtain this particular viewpoint. The sunrise was just starting to burn off the early morning fog on this very cool, clear November morning. We had entered the river upstream when the sun was just waking up. That's why I entitled this capture "While others sleep."
Time
Shortly after sunrise on a cold, clear November morning. Because of the mountains and the trees this would have been around 7:15 AM.
Lighting
You can see that the sunlight was just starting to dance on a few of the ripples in the fast moving current. The sun rays working through the tall trees, back-lighting the leaves and bouncing through the fog made for a magical moment. Shooting toward the sun added to the silhouetting effect.
Equipment
To gain the vantage point for the capture I had to wade to the middle of the river and climb up onto a large, wet, slippery boulder. Orvis chest waders kept me nice and dry while I worked my way through some small rapids to get to the boulder. It presented a large, fairly flat surface that I hoped would provide the best altitude and angle. I had my Nikon Coolpix L22 in an Aquapac waterproof pouch obtained from B&H. My Patagonia wading boots afforded me sure footing on the rocks and boulder for the shot. My more expensive Nikon bodies and lenses were secure back on dry land.
Inspiration
I was wading and fishing upstream from my two friends and although I was quite focused on a couple of rainbow trout, something nudged me to look downstream toward them and the view quite simply took my breath away. The way the sun's rays permeated the fog illuminated the background and effectively turned Steven and Danny into anonymous silhouettes. I was just blessed to be in the right place at the exact right time.
Editing
This was a point and shoot moment that was too good to mess with.
In my camera bag
My travel bag usually contains at least two of my point and shoots for use when in or on the rivers (a variety of Nikon Coolpix and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1) along with the aforementioned Aquapac. My regular Nikon camera bodies include a D100, D200 and D300. My lenses include: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8 D; Tokina AT-X Pro 28-80mm 1:2.8; Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 DX; Tokina AT-X Pro SD 50-135mm F2.8 DX. I always carry a Manfrotto 290 Monopod which doubles as a hiking staff. I also carry whatever model of iPhone I have at the time and have captured some keepers with it on occasion.
Feedback
If you want to take pictures while standing in a river I'd suggest you first get used to navigating. Proper chest waders and wading boots with sufficient grip are a must. Beyond that you just have to spend time learning how to move in and about the swift currents. Chances are good you will fall a few times when getting started. I've taken a spill both with and without equipment. This will explain why I have several different point and shoot cameras available. Here are some basic navigation tips to help you get started. Always cross a river at a 45* angle moving into the current upstream and move a step at a time. Establish secure footing before taking the next step. If the river bottom is heavy with large rocks and boulders it is always a good idea to carry a wading staff with you to provide extra support for balance. Avoid wading through anything that is above your belly button unless you are very familiar with the path you are taking. Take a look around and figure out what you want to capture and then move to the best possible vantage point. If that is in the river then get to your shooting spot and establish secure footing prior to removing your point and shoot camera or Smartphone from the Aquapac (waterproof carry case). Take your pictures, put the camera back in the Aquapac and then look to where you want to journey next and slowly repeat the process. Take your time, move against the current at an angle and move one secured step at a time. This will keep you and your equipment as dry as possible and lead to some unique vantage points for your captures. Always, always, always keep your Smartphone and/or point and shoot in a waterproof pack. Enjoy!

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