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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.​

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Ice Fishing Photography

Travis Frank

So I'm not sure if anybody has noticed, but if you haven't, then here's news for you. I like to take pictures! Yep, I love it. There is just something about capturing that perfect moment with a camera. With this obsession of mine, it only seemed fitting that I should upgrade with the times. I recently received a new camera from santa which will hopefully give us some spectacular images to look at. I'm far from knowing what I'm doing, but I'm learning. Each time out, I tend to take random pictures at different angles, settings and lightings. I guess I'm hoping to some day have those pictures that people go "oooh and Aaaah" over.  With each picture I'm starting to see things differently, and I'll be honest.  Its exciting! 

It seems that taking the same picture of a man holding a fish is only cool for so long.  Yep, there he is holding another walleye, and he's got a nice smile this time.  BORRING!  So recently I've been trying a few different things.  I think my goal behind this whole photography obsession is to really capture what is happening while we are out there.  The colors of the sky, the fading sunlight, the windy conditions, and all the elements.  Not to mention the different angles that can be viewed of the catch, and the act of catching the fish.  Last night I got a shot of Bails grabbing his fish from out of the hole.  While he was battling it, I ran over to him and got shots of the action really happening.  The other day, I landed a nice fish, and we used the sun's bright morning light to magnify the catch.  Those are just a couple of the many examples I have tried lately. Sometimes I almost think that the photography is just as much fun as catching and out-smarting the creatures I pursue. While I am no expert, I look for the photo quality to really increase over the 2009 season. I hope you follow along to find out. Until Next time, Keep on Livin' the Dream!