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HATCH – Tasmania filming

Posted by Nicholas Reygaert on March 26, 2012 0 Comments

I have just returned from two weeks of filming for HATCH in Tasmania. It was a great trip and the weather was unusually kind to us. I was hoping to shoot the legendary spinner feeding trout of the Western Lakes on the Red One camera. I have seen spinner feeders doing their thing before and been totally blown away by the whole phenomena. Big brownies just lose their self control when they are hunting spinners, dashing around madly and jumping fully out of the water to nail the spinners on the wing. I knew to do the event justice on film we would need the slo-mo and telephoto lens capabilities of the Red One, being able to overcrank to 120 frames a second would let us see what the naked eye misses.

It was always going to be a gamble. Spinners only ever come out in warm, calm conditions not weather that can be relied upon to happen in Tassie. We rolled the dice on it, luckily the first three days of filming were perfect.

The result is some of the best footage that I have ever shot, fish tracking and nailing spinners mid-air. The most interesting aspect from a fisherman’s point of view was the success rate of the fish, they rarely miss. The poor spinners don’t stand a chance against such an amazing predator.

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