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31 Aug

Healing Waters Lodge

Author: Travis 0 comments
I just finished a film for my friends Greg Lilly and Bill Kemph at Healing Waters Lodge. Check it out and watch for cameos by Steve Bielenberg and Bart Doig. More Later T>

  Shooting with HDSLR's is no picnic. But the image they produce is worth the all the work arounds you are forced to endure. File format problems, compression/decompression issues and the worst of them all AGC. Automatic Gain Control, suffice to say that it renders audio out of these cameras USELESS. I've been shooting all my interviews for Spring Creek with two cameras and will have to synch the "good" audio recorded using a SONY HVR 1U to the video from my Canon 7D. In a few words, TIME CONSUMING! It doesn't make for quick or easy post.  There are other alternatives including the H4N, a handheld recording device, however since I am a one man band I can't look after recording seperate audio while I shoot. Even if I could, it would still have to be synched in post.  So I looked around for another work around and found Beachtek Audio Adapters. Beachteak builds the DXA-SLR, an active XLR adapter with built in preamplifiers and phantom power for connectin professional audio gear to any DSLR that has a mic jack.From the website " The DXA-SLR gives you everything you need to connect professional audio gear to your camera to capture superb sound.  The DXA-SLR is very easy to set up and use. The Good/Peak signal indicators show the ideal input levels at a glance while the headphone output lets you monitor what you are recording. The enhanced AGC Disable feature works even better at controlling the wild swings of the Auto Gain Control that plague most cameras. This dramatically reduce the noise during quiet moments of recording allowing you to record two channels of clean audio. You can also monitor the playback audio from the camera. Fits neatly under any camera and can also be mounted to a tripod. Operates on one 9 volt battery." I was looking on line at Beachtek's website about to order one from when I found out they are actually based right here in Kelowna, BC. I was stunned to find out Beachtek was just a few blocks away from my home, right next to my favourite sushi hang out. I called up Harry Kaufmann and asked if I could come down and take a DXA-SLR for a test drive.  Harry invited for a tour of Beachtek right away. I was totally impresssed with Harry, his Beachtek products.  I left with a handful of stuff that is going to make my shooting life ALOT easier! Beachtek as a ton of stuff coming down the pipeline for the DSLR market and Harry is going to have me do some BETA testing of Beachtek products as he rolls them out. Thanks to Harry and everyone at Beachtek. Check out the B&H Photo review of the DXA-SLR below, if you are an HDSLR shooter a Beachtek Adapter is a must have. More Later T>    
  This video pretty much tells the story. Sunday I floated the Kettle with my good friend Pete Caron, we were looking at identifying places that might qualify as candidates for our Trout Unlimited restoration project. Just below the put in, Pete and I spotted some anglers on the bank.  As we approached in the raft one of them retreated into the bushes on the bank and hid from view. The other remained at the top of the rip rap bank.  When we floated by we aknowledged the angler, he didn't speak English or didn't seem to understand or hears us. We noticed he held a coke can in his hand and we were able to discern that he had fishing line wrapped around it and some sort of fishing rig attached.  We floated past and watched the guy from the boat.  As we got down stream we witnessed two other men come out of the bushes both with spinning rods in hand.  They returned to the river's edge and started casting. The property they were fishing on is adjacent to the Hansinger Nursery.  The run they were fishing used to be one of the best on the float. But it hasn't produce a fish in a year or two. On the Kettle that means you could literally walk the entire bank for 100 yards, stare perfectly into gin clear water and see NO FISH.  Not one.  Pete and I stopped at the next run, I watched the 3 men on the bank fish.  It wasn't hard to surmise that these men were probably migrant farmworkers and would have no licences and may be fishing with bait and killing fish in a section of the Kettle River that is C&R and has a bait ban in place. The more I watched them, the angrier I became. I must have blew a gasket because the next thing I know I was marching upstream, crossing the river towards the bank they were fishing. I knew I just couldn't live with myself unless I did something about it. The rest you can watch in the video. When I approached the men the admitted to working for the Nursery. My guess is they are living on the property for the summer and fishing on their day off, but my question is, should the Nursery owner be responsible for his workers?  In my mind, their is no question.  Putting an end to this kind of EVERYONE's responsibility. What's that cliche? If you're not part of soultion, you're part of the problem. T>  
    Recently my chapter received a grant for $25000 as part of the Royal Bank of Canada's Blue Water Project.  The money is to be used for  habitat restoration on the Kettle River, BC's Most Endangered River two years running.  TU Canada is looking at the leveraging the initial funding into more by applying for various Match Funding programs. Hopefully we will be able to bank roll this into much more than just $25000. We at TU Okanagan are in the preliminary stages of identifying project locations for this restoration work. This video shows a possible candidate for back channel restoration. It's really nothing more than a spring seepage/backwater ditch right now.  Frank Van Oyen is the rancher who owns this property and he is interested in working with TU on this project, so we have land owner buy in. Frank told me that the channel has several small springs that comprise the flow.  We'll see if it would be a worthwhile candidate. Here is some raw footage out of a Go Pro for an idea of what we are looking at. More Later T>  

BSC Ranch Rainbow

This photo came to me in an e-mail from David Thompson with the subject line "Another Perfect Day in Southwest Montana".  David had spent a day fishing the Beaverhead Spring Creek Ranch, he heard that I had been filming there in June and no doubt wanted to rub it my nose in it that he fishes all these incredible spring creeks that I only get to film.  Thompson is the man behind Bozeman's Brickhouse Creative and worked with me at the Circle 3 Spring Creek last year. David's a great guy, big fan of  BEER and part of Fishing Music, a collection of songs and tunes inspired by fish, fishing and rivers. Tracks from Fishing Music's two CD's will be featured on the soundtrack from Spring Creek. David wrote " For once, my friend and pro photographer Gordon Gregory was on the other end of the lens -- spending a sunny day on a small private spring creek near Twin Bridges, Montana. Together we stalked fish, took photos, and maybe had a beer or two. Another perfect day in southwest Montana..." Maybe had a beer or two huh? Well David you do get to fish all those spring creeks and I am envious. However Cutthroat Pale Ale sponsored my film festival evening this spring and I'm staring at 10 flats of leftover beer in my basement right now, so who's envious now? More Later T>
10 Aug

Beaverhead Rock

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Beaverhead Valley

I got an e-mail yesterday from Rob VanDeren who's family owns the Open "A" Ranch outside of Dillon.  Rob has five miles of Albers spring creek on the open "A" and is preparing to do some stream restoration work on the creek this winter. I was down  shooting with Rob for the film earlier this summer.  Bill Kemph of Lilly and Kemph Outfitters and Healing Waters Lodge is the exclusive guide for the Open "A" ranch,  and in fact Greg Lilly was out with a client on the creek when Rob sent me the e-mail. When I spoke to Bill for the film, he told me that the Open "A" has the potential to become one of the best spring creeks in the world after restoration. Huge browns use the creek, running up from the Beaverhead, seen here in the picture (the Open "A" is upper middle of photo).  Rob is waiting for the winter to start work " I'll go out with Kelly Rowe  of Rowe Excavation and Bill Kemph and see what we can design. Kelly does a lot of stream work, I think hed did the work on the Beaverhead Spring Creek Ranch you fished in June" he told me. " Most of the work will be done in the winter, when the ground is either dry or frozen, to support the heavy equipment and minimize damage to the streamside vegetation."  It's possible due to the fact that I lost almost an entire summer of shooting for the film with the soaked Canon 7D that I might get back to the Open "A" next season and shoot the results for the film.  Thanks to Rob for sharing the picture and the update! More Later T>