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Tribal fisherman on the Columbia River

Added on by Thomas Boyd.

I have to admit, I don't see many sunrises. I'm not a morning person. But, when the time comes to photograph tribal fisherman, a man has to set an alarm...and it was worth it. Smoke from a wild fire near White Salmon, Wash., settled in the gorge above the river. As the sun popped out from behind the mountains, it was huge on the horizon. I was in a tribal fish enforcement boat heading out at full speed to catch up with some gill netters. The boat was not exactly smooth. I wish I would have asked them to stop for a second or two. Luckily, I was able to get a shot anyway.

Then, once we caught up with the fisherman, the light was still magnificent. It was so nice to shoot in this light. Almost every assignment I shoot is in poor light. It seems like I'm always thinking of ways to deal with it either with lighting it with strobes or trying to make to make the best of what's available.

This shoot, has light photographer's dream about. It was still very low in the sky and diffused from the smoke...it was perfection.

Here are a few images from the Columbia River.


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