I've had a copy of Matt Hayes Fisheye for a few months now, and as it points out on the cover, this isn't your normal fishing read.
Matt's endeavoured to give us a deeper insight into a part of angling that for most of us is over in a flash.. quite literally! And when the adrenalin is pumping through the veins, and a personal best is lying on the mat, it's very easy to just want a quick snap to show your mates before returning your catch to the water.
So it's here, in his guide to angling photography, that Matt tries to explain to us that there's so much more than the traditional 'trophy shot' to be had when we're out enjoying our hobby.
The book breaks down many of the different aspects of angling photography with chapters relating to the kit, lenses, framing, the composition, and takes it on even further with underwater, at the limits, and night/low light photography... and yes, there is a chapter on improving those trophy pictures.
Matt writes about his feelings on how, as anglers, we're usually sitting right in the middle of fantastic natural surroundings, close to wildlife, and with sunsets, morning mists, and hopefully beautiful views, it's all there for us to capture.
The 'bloke with fish' shot has its place, but Matt tells of his quest over the last ten years or so, to convey more of the essence of fishing, the magic of being out there, to put over the feeling of why we love to spend our time around the waters edge.
As he notes, with the help of modern digital cameras, we all have the ability to get some really awesome pictures, and he's happy to pass on tips and ideas that could get you snapping away at more than just the odd fish!
With detailed captions explaining the reasons behind each of the stunning pictures, and the technical info that helped create them, it all makes for a great read, and you might just learn something too!
Priced at £29.99, this quality publication will grace any coffee table, let alone enhance your angling book collection. It's available from Calm Productions, for more info go to http://www.calmproductions.com/acatalog/fisheye.html