Some times processing images is easy. Some images take a little more. A little more time, thought and exploration. Maybe it takes time to let the initial thoughts and ideas you have about the images fade. To allow new ideas to creep in, new possibilities.
This image was captured last summer, but due a whole lot of reasons, I am still working through these and many other images. This year has been one of change and new beginnings, of investing in things which are important, and enjoying the rewards from it. Some things do happen in a hundredth of a second, to use an old quote, but some take much longer. Still it gives you time to ask questions, consider and choose what you think feels best.
The image above has many possibilities, a faster shutter speed would have yielded quite a different result. On the other hand I could have used a really long exposure to soften the water to mist. But the emotion that I felt, the thought which stayed in my mind, was of how the water surged and flowed. Pushing me away from the wharf piles, all broken and worn. Yet for all its power, the sea had not won, not yet. These piles stand as a reminder of the past, of a river port that was once the busiest in the area. Of a young nation trying to make its way in the world. Of the bounty and productivity of the region.
With better roads, trucks and larger ships, little ports like this have had their time but that doesn't mean that they should be forgotten. They will fade, as all memories do, but not yet!
For the last couple of weeks I have been learning something new. Well kind of. I have always enjoyed making videos. But lacked the tools and understanding to create what I see in my mind. With the constant developments of new cameras and software, the cost of entry and capability means the tools are now less of an issue.
I got up a little earlier yesterday and decided to take a wander up to ANZAC park and watch the sunrise before heading to work. Making time for ourselves, finding the space between the notes if you like, can be hard but it can also be very rewarding. I loved how the light seemed to push in like a tidal wave, then flow down the ranges in fingers of gold and orange. A beautiful way to start the day.
If you read yesterdays post then you might remember this quote:
By trusting the process and not focusing on the thoughts of success or failure...I guess that this is the lesson I have been learning this year. If you enjoy the journey, the images will come.
Sure you need to plan ahead, learn the craft and do the work. But you also need a little luck.
As the moon dipped below the horizon, sinking further into the earths shadow. The sun was lighting up the clouds on the other horizon, with reds and yellows. The weather forecast we wanted for the eclipse was clear skies, there was a possibility of clouds but in the end it was mostly clear. But now after the show, the clouds were moving in. The truth is pretty sunrises happen all the time, but without the time to see it, the gear to capture it and a decent foreground they will just fade into the daylight. A passing treat, the one that got away. But in this case, by pure chance, I had all three. It wasn't perfect but it was nice enough.