Right Place, Right Time…

 

A blacktip shark swims among a school of spawning bonefish near Abaco Island, Bahamas

Yowza! First post in nearly two years…it’s about time (literally).

Towards the end of 2017, I traveled to Abaco Island, Bahamas to shoot some saltwater fly fishing imagery. I’d been there numerous times before…so much so, that it almost felt like home stepping onto the tarmac and inhaling that salty breeze that seems to instantly rid oneself of any and all worries.

The trip, as so many others prior was a great success. Wonderful people, fantastic food and, most importantly, numerous opportunities to shoot new work. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword visiting a place so familiar. On the one hand, you have a clear vision of what to expect. On the other, however, you know it will be a challenge to capture work you find to be engaging, complimentary to and different than that which already exists in your portfolio.

On the second day of the shoot, we were walking back from a LONG day of shooting. We’d walked several miles through marshy wetlands and across the flats, and I was, by and large quite spent. Suddenly, we heard what sounded like thunder down the shoreline. As large monsoon clouds would frequently whip up in the afternoon heat, we almost dismissed it as such…until we saw a wall of water being flung into the air. What we saw next literally had our jaws left wide open…

We watched as a literal river of spawning bonefish made its way along the shoreline straight towards us, moving with such velocity as to create their own wave train as far as the eye could see. At first we grabbed our rods (what right-side up angler wouldn’t???) and cast into the mass of moving silver scales. After a couple quick hook-ups, however, we simply stood in amazement and did our best to internalize this magnificent moment. I frantically flew my drone skyward, knowing the only way to truly capture the scale and magnitude of this happening would be from the air.

Sure enough, I came away with one of the more unique images I’ve ever captured–one that has resonated with anglers and photo enthusiasts alike the world over. This one image has earned me more return than perhaps any other single image in my archive. It has already been featured as the cover of the Orvis summer catalog and I’ve had many print orders and email inquiries on the image since.

Orvis Fishing Catalog Summer 2018, cover photo by Adam Barker

What’s that saying about right place, right time??? It is 100% true. All of it. Be there. Be ready. No matter how tired or spent you are, be ready when those moments present themselves…

11 Best of 2011 from AdamBarkerPhotography

2011 was a spectacular year on all accounts. Foot upon foot of pow skied, fish from Wyoming to the Bahamas hooked, festivals in the far corners of the earth, ancient pathways crossed–all contributed to what could perhaps be one of my most productive years behind the lens. Cliche as it may be, I can’t help but look back in review and share some of my favorites from the past year.  As always, many thanks to my sponsors: Arc’teryx, Suunto, Mark Miller Subaru, Mountain Khakis, Manfrotto School of Xcellence, Clikelite Backpacks and Singh Ray Filters. Hope you all enjoy, and here’s to an even better 2012! (click on images to view larger versions)

1. Jesse Hall takes a moment to ponder human flight, as he stands inside the hot air balloon from which he’ll subsequently launch himself into gravity’s liberating grasp. Park City, UT.

2. Angler Al Chidester finds himself surrounded by all that is good in this world: fresh air, fall foliage…and fantastic fishing in some of western Wyoming’s most treasured water.

3. Fire and rain over Warm Creek Bay, Lake Powell, UT.

4. Hazy skies make for ethereal and ancient interpretations of East Jerusalem, Israel.

5. First light envelopes Agua Canyon in a glow only Mother Nature could furnish. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

6. Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch shows its true colors in crisp early morning light. Dallas Divide, CO.

7. Angler Geoff Mueller admires a healthy bonefish (caught and released) in Abaco Island’s skinniest of water.

8. Calm in the chaos of Hanoi traffic, Vietnam.

9. Bavaria’s finest color smiles upon a lone farmer’s shed in the fields near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

10. Skier Drew Stoecklein can, in fact turn right. At just the right time. In just the right place. Alta Backcountry, UT.

11. Angler Geoff Mueller and Oliver White tense up as they ply the waters off Abaco Island for huge permit.