by Paul Cooper
One of the finest aspects of carp fishing is arriving at a venue to find that you are the only one the lake. Peace tranquillity and the choice of swims, you cannot beat it.
But what happens when you capture a specimen fish that you want to record on camera.
With most cameras there are facilities that will enable you to fix your camera to a tripod. Once the camera is on the tripod you need to accurately focus on the area that you intend to take your pictures and then you need a means of taking that photo shot. Another angler or passer by, maybe? You are on this lake and there is no-one around.. Do you sack the fish until someone does arrive or do you think of the welfare of the carp? Now my answer is self photography.
Most cameras come with some form of self timing operation that enables you to take either a single photo or multiple photos, usually after a 10 second delay. This allows you to press the photo capture button, return to the fish on the mat, pick up the fish and hope that you have both yourself and the fish in the focus screen. This is a bit hit and miss.
What is the answer?
1/. Camera with a flip screen, eg Canon PowerShot A640 £150
2/.Camera bracket. Jessops or Firstcall Cable Release Adaptor Bracket £19.99
3/. Air release system. Jessops or Fisrtcall air release 20 foot £11.99
Firstly you need a camera ideally with a flip screen, for example the Canon PowerShot A640, which has the self timing facilities and a flip screen.
Secondly you require an air release device and an attachment bracket. The air release system is attached to the camera via the bracket.
The air release devices come with sufficient air tubing to extend from the camera to the back of the unhooking mat where you can safely operate the device. To operate the air release, place the air bulb so that it can be operated by depressing it with either your foot or your knee. One of the aspects of this type of camera is the high quality of the photographs which at present is up to 10 mega pixels.
An infra red light that partially lights up the target area even on the darkest of nights, allows you to make the relevant adjustments for that trophy shot. If the photo is out of focus, or your chosen subject is out of the photo scene, then there’s only one person to blame. You!