Checking in at the Weigh Station

Weighing in Lake perch at Salmon-a-Rama
Yellow perch spasm on the table while Jeff Zinuticz, center, a fishery technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Craig Bender, left, the co-director of Salmon-a-Rama, measure and weigh angler Joe Staszewski's catch on Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Racine, Wis. After discovering that the perch were not prize-winning, Staszewski said that "they were hitting better before, but now Salmon-a-Rama has come." | Canon 5D Mark II and 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens @ 16mm | Exposed 1/80 sec. @ f/4, ISO 800 (+1.33 EV)

Last night I had a fairly productive evening at Salmon-a-Rama.  I still need a couple of audio interviews, to gather some ambient sound, and to shoot some video, but I have the feeling it will all come together.

Some of the photos are more visual “notes” that I like the idea of an image, but that a given frame is not enough to push it into the final edit.  I’m hoping to perfect all of these frames before the week is out, although the one above may be tough to beat given that the Yellow perch (“Lake perch”) were still jumpin’ on the table!

Please scroll down for the rest of the photos and, as always, comments and criticism welcome!

Going away happy
Angler Greg Mattie from Kenosha, Wis. smiles as he puts the 17-pound Chinook salmon that placed him #16 on the leader board for offshore-caught Chinook back in his cooler at Salmon-a-Rama on July 15, 2010 in Racine, Wis. Mattie agreed to let the Wisconsin DNR cut the tail from the fish to be studied later to determine the age of the fish caught at this year's event. | Canon 5D Mark II and 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 30mm | Exposed 1/25 sec. @ f/4, ISO 400 (0 EV)

Measuring up the competition
Measuring up the competition: an angler studies the leading catches on display at the Salmon-a-Rama refrigerated case on July 15, 2010 in Racine, Wis. | Canon 5D Mark II and 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 24mm | Exposed 1/125 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 800 (0 EV)
Salmon-a-Rama: It's Back!
Salmon-a-Rama: It's Back! | Canon 5D Mark II and 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 70mm | Exposed 1/2000 sec. @ f/4, ISO 200 (0 EV)

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