We were driving in haste to beat the pre-dawn. The closer we were, the lighter it became. So without much thought, out came the tripods, ND Filters, Cable Release, Lee Big Stopper and shoot like mad.
Being such a cloud gazer, I always appreciate a great sky. It is only natural that the camera comes out in a flurry, especially if a polarizer is attached. That way there is minimal editing in the digital darkroom.
This was captured when on the Worldwide Photowalk last weekend. The view out over the Coral Sea – Cairns Queensland is quite remarkable. We do not have a surf here in view of the Great Barrier Reef being on our doorstep. Hence the flat sea and it is a joke to the locals if we have a little movement of, say 1-2 feet, we say, watch out….surf is up!
Do you ever really look at yourself? Inside & out. Deep into your conscious and unconscious state of mind? This can be a moving experience as you reflect and start to have a new vision. And suddenly there is an inner peace, a calmness, a certain serenity. You accept your failures, your achievements and what will be.
This challenge is quite daunting and takes you well and truly out of your comfort zone. As photographers we are always behind, not in front, of the camera.
This image is actually one of many (and let me tell you, there were many) photographs I took a few months ago. It was our local photographic club challenge, so I had a good taste of how confronting this can be. We are never happy with our own vision of ourselves and for today I actually I chose one of my rejects. It was to teach myself not to always look at the ‘pretty’ the ‘perfect’ of images, but rather ‘how it is’ and come to terms with that.
Probably this challenge will ultimately teach me to just ‘love myself’ warts and all. And as the ageing process continues, let me tell you, it is one of the most unsettling journeys to come to terms with. So we have to just be, become accepting of what we cannot change and view each stage as a beautiful gift given to us and to just embrace it.