One Fish, Two Fish. Dead Fish, Blue Fish

By: danitacahill

Nov 09 2011

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Category: Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photojournalism


Focal Length:70mm
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I have been around farmers and fishermen my entire life. My grandpa was an avid ocean fisherman. My dad, my brothers, my mom, all fisher people.

I grew up trout fishing in Oregon coastal streams and on the Alsea River at Tidewater, Oregon. I’ve gone fishing for salmon with my grandpa and brothers in the Pacific Ocean. But never before have I had such an appreciation for the beauty of the chinook salmon until Sept. 28, 2011, the day I took this photo.

To me, this is not simply a picture of dead fish on a dock, it is a photograph of beauty – the shape, the colors, the giving of life.

I don’t know if it was a tug at my coastal roots that made me see such beauty in these creatures of river and sea, but whatever it was, I am in love with this photo.

I’ve put this shot in a file as a possibility to enter in competitions. Is it really that good? I don’t know. You tell me. I’m not that great at rating my own work. I know which photographs resonate with me on an emotional level. But it’s a personal thing. Will the same photos resonate with photography judges?

Please share: How do you choose which photos to enter in competitions or shows?


3 comments on “One Fish, Two Fish. Dead Fish, Blue Fish”

  1. This photo is great! It just pops out at you. Great job!

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