Budd lake in early July
(Operation BTS, July 2005)
As I set up for the image, I sorely wanted to edge closer to the precipice of the ice thaw where the fish were more visible and I felt I could better my foreground. I quickly nixed the notion however as I could easily see myself and my gear doing the insta-hypothermia Budd Lake bath upon crashing through the ice. Deciding on a location that seemed somewhat safe I bracketed off images while using a ND filter to cut down on the brightness from top to bottom. The waiting took on a rhythm of its own while watching for the right amount of baby trout to swim in to the image.
"Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York , wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons."
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