Summer’s on the way and I tend to wake with the sun. Early morning light and low tide – what could be better? So I went to the beach. The first morning, I left my Canon 550D at home and took out the little Sony Cybershot compact. This is about the best photo I took.
I was pretty disappointed. The Sony is capable of taking a good picture at 18Mp resolution, so I’ll admit one problem was my lack of familiarity with it. But the biggest issue in my opinion is the lack of a view finder. So the following day I took along my Canon 55oD. Here’s the result.
Using the Sony I tried to take a picture of the gibbous moon reflected in a tidal pool but that didn’t work at all. When I had the Canon the moon was too high for a reflection. But I took a picture, anyway. And a few reflections. I love reflections,
Those of you who know a little about me know I enjoy taking photos. My subjects tend to be creatures that fly and maybe I’ll talk about them another time. This time, I want to talk about sunsets. You might think sunsets and flying birds don’t have much in common but there is one thing. With a camera, a photographer can capture one moment in time, an event which will never happen in quite the same way ever again. Oh, a bird will fly, a sun will set but the chances of ALL the circumstances being exactly the same – you’d have a far better chance of winning the lottery.
So share with me this wondrous sunset on the shores of Hervey Bay.
I went to a spot I frequent, where a creek flows into the bay. We have large tidal rise and fall and there is a vast tidal flat exposed here at low tide. I arrived before sundown and watched the people and the dogs – and a few birds – enjoy the ambience.
Then the sun set in the West (as it does). It’s just above the tops of the trees. Notice the high cirrus cloud, hardly affected by the sun.
So intent was I on the sun sinking in the west, I ignored what was behind me. A short time later, I looked over my shoulder and saw this. I’m looking at the eastern sky, with the sun just set behind me.
And then I turned around again. And captured a river of light reflected in a river of water. A truly amazing sight that it is my privilege to share with you. Three incomparable, never to be repeated, moments in time.
Please enjoy – and if you wish to share these, be my guest but I ask that you acknowledge my copyright by attributing me.
Photography is so very much about light and its effects. A late afternoon visit to a dam in the forest gained me this shot. A slight breeze ruffled the water. Hope you like it. © Greta van der Rol
Water and light. In this shot the setting sun is to the left of the picture, its last rays reflecting from the clouds onto the shallow water of the bay. Night is minutes away. There is no lingering twilight in these latitudes. © Copyright Greta van der Rol