Flylords: Who is Dane Ulsifer?
Dane: I am a 26-year-old commercial photographer/videographer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Flylords: How long have you been fly fishing for?
Dane: I started around the end of high school so about 9 years.
Flylords: How long have you been shooting photos for?
Dane: Pretty close to the same, I got my first camera when I was 16 and just started shooting skiing, snowboarding, and fishing with friends. That led to 4 years of art school and eventually I was able to turn it into a career. So short answer about 10 years.
Flylords: What makes shooting fish photos so intriguing?
Dane: I like shooting trout because even the same species can look so different from fish to fish. But I like shooting fly fishing in general because it can be so many different styles or genres of photography on the same day, whether its landscape, product, action, wildlife, lifestyle. There’s a lot more to it than just catching fish and I think that’s what keeps me interested.
Flylords: What is your ideal run-and-gun camera setup?
Dane: I shoot on a Sony A7 RII but my favorite lens is definitely the 24-70mm f/2.8, just because it’s so versatile.
Flylords: Do you have a favorite photograph you have taken?
Dane: That’s a tough one, I usually get tired of my photos shortly after I’ve taken them but there are a few that have stuck with me. The one that comes to mind is definitely just because its a frame that I quickly shot and didn’t really expect anything good out of it. Sometimes it’s the unexpected shots that turn out the best.
Flylords: Greatest accomplishment as a photographer?
Dane: I would say my favorite moment is still seeing my first photo published in a magazine. I always loved looking through the photos when I was younger and thought it would be awesome to have my name in there one day. I also just really liked seeing it in physical form.
Flylords: Are you currently reading any books? Watching any tv series you would recommend?
Dane: Haha I am currently rewatching Curb Your Enthusiasm and I would highly recommend it. Larry David is the man.
Flylords: Would you rather catch the trophy fish, or take a photo of the trophy fish?
Dane: I’d have to say catch it. I love seeing a buddy tie into something too and it’s always nice to have a decent photo, but it’s just not that same. Maybe I’m selfish.
Flylords: What is some advice you can give to an aspiring outdoor photographer?
Dane: I guess I would say to just try and shoot differently. There are a ton of amazing images out there these days so I think the more we can try to push different styles, perspectives and techniques the better.
Flylords: What’s next?
Dane: My plan is to work and save for the next few months so I can take a good chunk of the summer off, do as much fishing as possible, and work on some personal projects. I’ve got a couple ideas for a short film so I’d really like to make that happen.