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I am no fisherman; my fishermen friends will attest to that. It has always seemed to me though that this is a very laid back, relaxing sport, where there doesn’t need to be a lot of physical activity. I have seen though, since coming to Australia, that fishing can take different forms. Given the amount of coastline here, with the large access to water it is very popular here in many different ways.

What you see in this shot is something I never knew existed. I call it Extreme Fishing; here it is called Rock Fishing. It is another form of fishing that presents a whole new challenge. It’s surf fishing with a difference. These guys get wet, and some of them get hurt. It’s a dangerous sport (probably the most dangerous aquatic related sport in Australia), with a few different challenges thrown in with the waves and rocks, to keep things interesting. People do get hurt in this sport. In New South Wales, 74 people died in rock fishing accidents between 1992 and 2000. Government at various levels, while striving to keep it open, is working to make this a safer sport.

The guy on this day was fishing with a buddy. They seemed to be taking turns, one guy to fish, one to watch; probably not a bad idea, in case one got in trouble.

Some of this from: http://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/CA256DC70017DA1D/page/Fishing?OpenDocument&1=50-Fishing~&2=~&3=~ and http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Fishing_preventing_injury?OpenDocument

Workflow was as follow:
Shot taken in Raw - NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow only
Adjusted levels
Adjusted curves – in 2 steps to accentuate the spray
Added an overlay layer and dodged and burned with 10% opacity black and white brush
Added saturation layer +15 to master
Added a layer for sharpening with USM
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (30% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, cropped to longer landscape format, resized, sharpened edges on original USM layer, framed (the experiment continues) and saved as a jpeg

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