K and I purchased a new Canon Powershot SD1200 IS the other day. I thought I would experiment with it a little bit this morning by creating a photo reference for my Pheasant Tail woodblock print. So I pulled out a Pheasant Tail from my fly tying box and picked out a Pheasant Tail nymph out of my flybox and shot this simple composition. I positioned the fly by sticking the hook into the shaft of the feather. I don’t think I can take credit for the fly because I’m not sure if I tied this one or not? I may have purchased it from Gates AuSable Lodge in Grayling, MI or from the Little River Outfitters in Townsend, TN. Those are the only two places I purchase flies if I don’t tie them myself.
You may be wondering how I’m going to use the photo for the woodblock? There are several ways to transfer an image like this to a block of wood. Using carbon paper for example is a popular method. I have used it in the past but I wont need it for this. This image is pretty straight forward. And, I prefer to sketch directly on the block for most of the prints I make anyway. This photo simply creates a blueprint for the direction of my cuts. And, that’s about all I’ll use it for, besides using it here.