We are honored to be involved in the 2014 Field and Stream Heroes of Conservations project. For the third year running, we have had the opportunity to travel all over this great nation meeting and photographing the six conservation finalists. Since 2005, the magazine has been recognizing these outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to promote, improve, or protect wildlife and their habitats all across the country.
This year we received the call from our editors to hit the road and photograph all six of the subjects. The journey lasted weeks and took us from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Minnesota to North Dakota, and Washington to Idaho. As with all of the years before this, we were humbled by the generosity and efforts of the finalists – we took a wild tour of the country and have plenty of stories and photos to share. Our first shoot took us to the Pacific Northwest to meet and photograph Dr. John Muramatsu, a conservationist who has spent decades restoring and rehabilitating salmon habitats in the Seattle area. Keep reading for more stories and photosâ€¦
Although John works mainly in local streams near Seattle to help monitor and rehabilitate the coho salmon population, he also ocean and bay fly fishes on the Pacific.
Now that being said, I wouldn’t normally recommend running a generator in essentially a giant tidal pool on top of seaweed, but sometimes you just need to make pictures and you can’t let the terrain get in the way (as long as the rising tide doesn’t get to it).
And if you happen to find yourself shooting in that same field of seaweed with the tide coming in, you may want to have an extra seat handy to keep yourself out of the surf.
John was also generous to gather a handful of the kids he’s worked with and educated as part of his conservation efforts. We worked with the group at a site where they conduct salmon surveys and fish releases.
And as always – we can’t have a shoot without a test shot from someone in the Crisman team. This time it’s the face of yours truly, but you may notice a few other familiar faces throughout our Heroes of Conservation project. Our team split up the shoot and we were all able to tag along for a few shoots.