Rooster 1 Has Landed by J Leslie  Booth

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Mike Savlen, is a top-line Sporting Marine & Landscape artist out of Costa Rica. Mike and I have struck up a friendship via Facebook and our love for fish, fishing, hunting, the outdoors and ART. This week (May11,2009) Mike finally caught his very first roosterfish (<em>Nematistius pectoralis</em>). And he did it in style. A 75# behemoth ! Aged, worn and scared – Mike connected with an old timer, took the photos and then returned him to live out the remainder of his time in the sea.

The rooster is a magnificent fish to look at -wonderful colors and lines. Gotta dig that doral rise and the wild – zebra-like stripes! This is a fish made for the tropics! And they are real fighters! Tackle testers all the way. But they are horrid table fair. Like most fish in the jack family (besides the amberjack and California Yellowtail) it is not considered a good eating fish. And that’s being nice! So release isn’t an option – it’s a necessity!

I snagged the photo from which this image was developed – from Mike’s Facebook account (w/ his blessings of course) and tumbled it through the eLITHOGRAPH process. Nothing as good as Mike puts out, but acceptably intriguing. New areas for me as I don’t usually use such a bright palette. But, hey – first time for everything. Right?


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Thirty-plus years in communications. Twenty-plus years in technology. BSc AgSystems Mngmnt, Purdue University. Outdoor communicator. Lifelong outdoorsman, designer, marketer, entrepreneur, heritagekeeper. Creator of eLITHOGRAPH and ePHOTOGRAVURE.

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  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergabout 5 years ago

    Wow! Looks like areal postcard.

  • Thank Paul; glad you like the image. This one stretched new ground from my eLITHOGRAPH© process. And I like the results. Mike Savlen, the fellow w/the Cheshire grin in the image, is quite a notable artist (real artist!!) of all things fishy in saltwater. He’s might good on landscapes as well. Take a look at his work It’s a real treat!

    – J Leslie Booth

  • Mike Savlen
    Mike Savlenabout 5 years ago

    Hey I know that guy, think this came out great Les, a day and a fish I will never forget!

  • Hmm, you just might! ". ) Thanks for the nice words and allowing me to ‘share’ in that special moment with you; virtually and artistically. I’m working on a series from the ‘underwater release’ shots, too. ". ) That’s quite a remarkable piece of footage. Anyone wanting to see it watch it here:

    – J Leslie Booth

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