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Outdoors / f Operation Game Thief: 1-800.992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1.800-952.5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 19, 1997 27 i' by Ed Tomchin The BLM, Nevada and Nye County's largest landowner, Wild Horse and to improve that roam BLM lands. BLM Acting Director, Sylvia Baca, encourages groups and individuals to submit nominations for membership on this nine-person board. Theboard's function will be to offerexpert i soned counsel Outdoor action photos by Ed Tomchin By its very nature, good action photos are difficult to get. In sports such as water skiing, boating, desert racing, motor- cycling, hang gliding, things are moving rapidly across your plane of vision and unexpected things happen at the worst possible time. Even pros only have a ratio of one good picture for every 10 or more taken. During a basketball game, the average sports photographer probably shoots 100 or more frames and winds up with only 8-10 usable photos. Don't worry about film. If you want to get good pictures, you have to get rid of the mind set about wasting film. Trying to save film is false economy and will only cause you to lose a lot of good shots. Fire away, and when that roll is fin- ished, pop in another. It is also a good idea to use 36 rather than 12 or 24 exposure rolls because it saves having to change film so often. My personal preference is to shoot transparency or slide film rather than color print film. The total cost of film and processing is about the same but you need less storage space for the finished product, and excellent enlarge- ments can be made from the slides you like best. You can also put on slide shows and entertain your friends with some exciting action photos, maybe even of them. The most basic rule of action pho- tography, whether amateur or pro, is to know the sport or activity you want to shoot. That way you can anticipate and capture the action at its peak. Knowing what the performer is likely to do next is vital to getting good action shots. There's nothing worse than missing a great shot because you didn't know what was going to happen next. The one that got away is always the best. Consider water skiing: Shoot when the skier is at the outside edge of a turn spraying a huge rooster tail of water into the air, or just as she is about to lose balance and fall. How do you know when that will happen? You don't. But knowing WHEN the skier is most likely to fall will drastically increase your chances of getting that great shot. Get the idea?" Same with wildlife: Know the animal you're stalking, know its habits and habitat. Then be where the action is going to take place, anticipate it and shoot, shoot, shoot. STAYING IN FOCUS is a major problem in action photography. Occasionally an out-of-focus picture will give the impression of fast movement, which is a plus, but that ral'ely happens. Most out-of-focus pictures are worthless. If your camera has auto-predict focus your problems are greatly reduced because the camera can see and react a lot faster than you can. If you own a point and shoot, you have to be the camera's eyes and brains. However, there are some tricks you can use to improve your chances of getting a good picture of the action. One sure method is practice focusing with an empty camera. Keep the camera handy and pick it up once or twice aday: aim, focus and fire, aim, focus and fire. Dry shoot your kids, your wife or husband, passing cars, your dog. Do this every day for about five minutes and in a few weeks focusing will be second nature. It doesn't hurt the camera and you'll lose far fewer action shots because of being out of focus. The addition of a wide angle lens (24-35mm) to your basic equipment will greatly enhance the success of your action shots. You'll have to get closer to your subject, but the depth of field is enormous and very forgiving of focusing errors, even at the widest lens opening. KNOW YOUR CAMERA! This is numero uno. If you have to stop and look for the shutter button, or to make sure your settings are correct, or your thumb isn't over the lens, you're going to lose a lot of good photos. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Play with your camera till you can pertbrm every function without looking or think- ing about it. Handling your cam- era should be natural, like you were born with it in your hands. Practice changing settings. Practice loading and unloading the camera in the dark. Practice, practice, practice. It's the best advice for getting the best action pictures. If you have to stop and think about what you're doing with the camera, you'll usually miss the shot. Learn the camera and leave your own thought processes free to concentrate on the compo- sition and timing of the picture. PLAY THE ANGLES. Ac- tion is usually viewed from a per- pendicular perspective. In other words, the action is usually pass- ing directly in front of you. Pho- tos taken from this angle are fiat, uninteresting and usually blurred by the fast movement of the sub- ject. Races of any kind (horse, dune buggy, motorcycle, bicycle) are notorious for forcing this viewpoint on the photographer. If you can, place yourself closer to the subject's path and aim the camera about 45 degrees to the subject as he or she approaches you. This will spruce up the picture (1) because the angle is different than what people are used to seeing, and (2) it slows down the apparent movement of the subject. The closer your angle to the path of travel, the slower the apparent motion of your subject. This is a function of perspective and works to give you greater focus control. Find an unusual perspective. Shoot a bicycle racer from on the ground looking up as he speeds by. Get right down at the waterline to photograph oncoming speedboats or sailboats. (Don't drop your camera in the water.) Climb below the hill and shoot the hang glider launching over your head. LOOKING FOR IDEAS. Even pros run out of fresh ideas from time to time. Looking at other people's work can refresh that creative perspective and give you ideas you might have missed. Check out magazines covering the sport or activity you want to photograph. Browse the books in the photo- graphic section of your bookstore or library. If you've the patience and temper for it, try becoming a critic. Start looking at photos in the paper, at camera perspec- fives on TV and in the movies. You can even criticize what you see with your eyes. Ask yourself how that view could be made more interesting. Look for an angle that would have added to the impact of the action. You've seen directors frame a scene in the movies with their fingers. It's not some affected behavior, it really works to develop your photographic vision and skill. Try it. Others will think you strange only until they see the results you produce. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife Lake Mead - Anglers are finding bass thtoug.hout the Boulder Basin as htmgry ripers follow schools of threadfm shad to the surface. Known for their voracions appetite, stripers can be found this time of year by watching for feeding activity - or boils - at the surface. Boils can take place any lime of the day, explained John Hatchings, Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) fisheries biologist. They ate created when shad break the water's surface in an attempt to escape foraging stripers. Anglers may want totx7 Jumpin' Minnows, Zara Spooks m,A oth surfacelures when stripe are fishing on the surfw, e, Boils have been reported in open watex betweou Sand and Black Island as well as from Pyramid Island to the Hemeway Wall. Surfiw.e feeding has also beea seen near Boxcar Cove and in the coves leading east  Boxcar toward CallVille Bay. Anglers wiUing to fish the evening hcors are findhlg stripers near theintake tower. The Overtoo Arm has be slow for stripers but one lucky angler repolledly broke that trend when ha caught a 36-ponnd striped bass this past weekend. Tha fish was taken while trolling a Kastmaster. Angles are finding good action for bluegill from Oveaon to Temple bar. Lake Mohave - A trip to Willow Beach was well woah it for one area anglex who came back with a 24-pound striped bass. The fish, which wastaken from sho proves ttuu a 10oat is nc essential to catching big fish. Overall  has been goad andis showing signs of improving, w.cordmg to the Nevada Division of Wildlife, but anglers may need to be selective in their choice of fishing SlX3ts. Bmtets have been taking stripers to four pounds by trolling with whole anchovies in deep water near Six-mile Cove. Owl Point and Arizona Bay, on the Nevada side, have also been pxlucing fish. "Anglers should fish outside of the coves in deep water, about 70 feet down," explained Lon Grittman of NDOW. Lg hass have moved ont of tha shallows and alow being fund near points and drop offs. However, some fish are stillbeing takm mushy areas. Spianer heirs seem to be most effective at enticing strikes from htmgxy mouths. Action for catfish has been slow. Eagte Valk, y Reserveir - Despite recent thunderstorms, the Lincoln County resexvoit has provided anglers with gcod to exedl fishing foe brown and stocked rainbow trout Fshermea -e findin success with pfepexed baits, spinners and flies. NDOW has finished its sping fish plaating schedule and will not stock the reseawoir agLin umil f :ho Camym Rrv. ,s re trading l,t to very good f-ang ,, this reservoir located about 20 minutes east of Pioche. Ftshetmen are reeling in latg bass, crappie end rainbiw troet. Sehroeder Reservar-Fmhing has been pont et a,as remote reservoir, although some angIe hav fotmd success in the eady   late evaning hours. Klr WfldMe  Area - t,ocaxed 3 t/2 hem not of Les Vels oG Highway 318, the management area  alea's with oppamides forla.out, largemonth hass and carrie. Heavy rains have made all, bul tha main, gravel roads impessable so fishing has beta somvhat slow,  anglers are, howev, reporting success fodargemooth basson Adams- Reser,r while novices are voicing fmstratim. Haymeadow Reservoir recently produced an 18-inch rainbow for a fly, sheraton casting a damselfly nymph from his float tube. "F'h/ng's always gre.at," said Ron Mills, area rnaner, "but clng can sometimes be a liv.le slow."