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Good Things Take Time

Wharf PilesPatea, South Taranaki

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!  

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