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Updated: Apr 21, 2021

This past fall, I had an incredible experience in Alaska tagging along with Kate, Justin, and Ryan as we filmed The Whitewater. This film was primarily filmed by myself and RA Beattie, with the entirety of the Alaska segment being filmed by one camera operator. This was quite a challenge as a solo guy filming a movie while also being the photographer, gaffer, and directing the talent. For this film, we mostly operated a Panasonic GH5, Canon 6D Mk II, RED, and a GoPro. Interestingly enough, the image below of sockeye salmon was taken on a GoPro (looks surprisingly crispy in print). To get this shot, I attached the GoPro to a tripod (in timelapse mode), walked into the area where the fish were swimming, and placed the GoPro in the water in a position that held it against the current. Then, I let the it sit until the fish swam back into the area to get the shots. The biggest challenge I was faced with was the fish continually bumping into the GoPro and knocking it over! Nonetheless, it was amazing to see so many salmon and wildlife in one place. Check out the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Tour to see The Whitewater on the big screen!

Above: Ryan Buccola getting ready to make a bomber cast

Below: Sockeye salmon in spawning mode

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