I need some help merging my two favorite hobbies.....

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Chunsum J Choi
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I need some help merging my two favorite hobbies.....
Nov 8, 2012

Angling + Photography

It's used to be when I go out with my camera, I concentrate on photography; when I put on the wader and step onto the water, I concentrate on the fish.

In the past 2 year, with some new revelation and the availability of the DPx I have been simplifying my photography gear. As for fishing, I've been a one rod maverick for a long time. I have 1 ultralight spin setup, 1 medium spin setup, 1 bait cast setup, and 1 fly setup. When I head out, I take only 1 of them. I have even gone so far as to limit the lures I bring with me so eveything fits in my vest pockets. My goals for both hobbies are to travel light and get creative with what I have.

Well, back in late September, I went into a local river at dawn. While waiting for the sky to get a little brighter so I can see better, the photography part of my brain kicked in. I saw some great photo opportunities, and I immediately ask myself why didn't I think of this before? So I took out my iphone to snap a few for reference and that's when reality happened. I dropped my phone in the water. Ok, the phone was in a water tight case so it's fine, but what if it was my DP2M?

But the idea of being a Photo-angler was exciting to me. I get to do 2 of my favorite things together, what's not to like?!?! So I started to search for any quick solution to waterproof the DP2M. Nothing seems to meet my requirements. It needs to have a tripod mount and water tight. There are a few bags out there but those are without tripod mount and modifying a case would be too much work and the results might not be good.

So, I am asking all the creative minds around here to help me out a little.

What can I do to protect my DP2M?

Thanks in advance.

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In reply to Chunsum J Choi, Nov 8, 2012

Chunsum, old adage says, "If you can't beat them, join them!"

Ditch the waders for a mask, wet suit and snorkel. Then you can teach them to "Watch the birdie".

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Hang it around your neck ?

Or have a life line so it cannot fall all the way down to the water.

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jrdigitalart wrote:

Chunsum, old adage says, "If you can't beat them, join them!"

Ditch the waders for a mask, wet suit and snorkel. Then you can teach them to "Watch the birdie".

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haha!  I think I'll leave the wet suit wearing to Rick Decker.

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Roland Karlsson wrote:

Hang it around your neck ?

Or have a life line so it cannot fall all the way down to the water.

Roland,

Thanks. I'm not worried about not being able to get to the camera if it falls in. My worry is the camra actually getting in the water.

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Your DP2M is not safe in your hands.  Send it to me, I guarantee it's safety.

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In reply to Chunsum J Choi, Nov 9, 2012

Here's a rough outline of an idea - get a steel plate for the bottom of the camera (existing tripod plate it fine).

Now, put it into any plastic bag camera case it will fit in. Get another steel tripod mounting plate and afix a strong magnet - now attach the camera in the bag to the mounting plate with the magnet atop it.

I don't think a magnet would have much effect on the insides of the camera.

You may also want to put some kind of thin cloth over teh magnet to keep it from hurting the case.

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Chunsum J Choi wrote:

Roland,

Thanks. I'm not worried about not being able to get to the camera if it falls in. My worry is the camra actually getting in the water.

Misunderstanding!

The life line shall be short enough to stop the camera before hitting the water.

But - maybe my solution is to trivial Maybe you want some kind of water proof housing? I know nothing about such a thing for the DP Merrill cameras.

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Inexpensive, parts immediately available:

double dry bags (dry bag within dry bag), with the outside bag clasp carabinered somewhere on your above-water person, and within reach. You can also stick your phone in with the camera. Take a hand towel for yourself and a microfiber cloth for your camera.

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I use a DiCAPac waterproof case; after testing it extensively by filling it with paper and soaking it to make sure no water leaks through, I've started using it for all my water shots.  Highly recommended!

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I used to be a fanatic flyfisherman until severe arthritis in my neck cured that addiction.  Most of my fishing was for spring and fall run landlocked salmon and brown trout in small to moderate size lake tributaries.  I also always carried a camera, but I found that I really didn't need to get in the water with the fish to catch them so that solved my worries about dunking the camera.  I became quite proficient at roll casting in tight situations.

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Peter A. Stavrakoglou wrote:

Your DP2M is not safe in your hands. Send it to me, I guarantee it's safety.

if I get a chance to head out East I'll call you.

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Kendall,

it's funny that you mentioned this. I just cam across this thing call Mag Mount from Trek Tech. looks promising.

Thanks!

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In reply to NancyP, Nov 9, 2012

Thanks Nancy,

that might be an idea if I'm on a fast running river.

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I'll definitely check that out. Thanks!

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Carl Schofield wrote:

I used to be a fanatic flyfisherman until severe arthritis in my neck cured that addiction. Most of my fishing was for spring and fall run landlocked salmon and brown trout in small to moderate size lake tributaries. I also always carried a camera, but I found that I really didn't need to get in the water with the fish to catch them so that solved my worries about dunking the camera. I became quite proficient at roll casting in tight situations.

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Carl,

Trout/Salmon runs around here means accessible shorelines are full of anglers every 10-15 ft or so. That's too crowded for me. The crowd is thinner in the water, but still too crowded for overhead casting so a short rod and roll casts has become almost a reflex for me. And to obtain a good spot, I'll have to be standing there 1 hour before dawn which means 70-90 mins of waiting before I can legally catch them. This was when I got the idea to take some pictures to pass the time.

I hope you're still whipping flys out once in a while when the arthritis isn't too bad.

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In reply to Chunsum J Choi, Nov 10, 2012

I fly fish and bring a small camera with me--it is just a compact Nikon (previously it was a Canon). You can clip the camera strap to your fly vest hardware easily. My Canon actually did fall in the water once, but survived OK. My SD1 doesn't go wading!

Brown trout caught on the Green River in Wyoming this fall.

All of my trout fishing is catch and release. I do warn them to stay away from catholics on Fridays before releasing them.

This is the pool where the fish above was caught. There were a lot of fires, so the background is smoky.

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Chunsum J Choi wrote:

Roland,

Thanks. I'm not worried about not being able to get to the camera if it falls in. My worry is the camra actually getting in the water.

Misunderstanding!

The life line shall be short enough to stop the camera before hitting the water.

That is clever Maybe you can use something as simple as this :
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/pin-on-extractor-m-p173736
  

But - maybe my solution is to trivial Maybe you want some kind of water proof housing? I know nothing about such a thing for the DP Merrill cameras.


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... I much prefer your hobby of fishing when it ends with ....

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