“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
It pays to visit the same place a couple of times. It might be because the light didn’t play ball on your first visit, or it was pouring rain when you arrived and it also pays to visit the same place in different seasons. You see, the sun rises and sets in a different place every day. So, the difference between shooting in summer and winter can be quite dramatic due to just the location of the rising or setting sun.
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
And, so it was the case when I visited Nudgee Beach a this morning. The two previous occasions that I had visited this location was in the winter months, when the sun rises a lot further to the north. Now after visiting in the summer, I would say that the winter months definitely have an advantage just because of the position of the sun.
Now, it wasn’t the best of conditions, with patches of heavy cloud around, but as the minutes ticked by the clouds where moving on.
What surprised me on my arrival was that I had been beaten to the location by another photographer.
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
I set up my tripod and camera in the best position I could find allowing for the position of the rising sun and the couple of mangroves that I wanted to be the main focal point of my compositions. I also set my GoPro up to grab a little time lapse sequence of sunrise.
“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”
There wasn’t a whole lot happening, so I wandered around a little while the setting moon was still casting a bit of light. I found a couple of big blue jelly fish, but the one thing that really caught my eye was the ripples and patterns in the sand peeking out from the perfectly still water. It was amazing just how much light that the moon
was casting on the scene. Finally, a little bit of colour did manage to make the clouds light up a little, and I was joined by a couple of horses and their trainers going for a run along the sand flats and having a swim.
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”