Monday, November 2, 2009
Sun, Sand & Water
I still marvel at having digital technology at my fingertips! I shoot photos constantly; thousands instead of a few hundred a year. I lug the camera with me everywhere because I need photos for my morgue (picture file for drawing and other art uses), and because I never know when a magnificent image (lighting, composition, subject) will conspire to present itself. However, there are so many pictures that they end up accumulating in files unseen and unloved for months at a time. Several times I have discovered special images a year or two after they were taken.
Sun shimmering off water gives me a special sparkle, and there are hundreds of these kind of photos in my file folders. In this particular photograph I was looking north into the Delaware Bay from the inside of Cape Henlopen. I shot it on September nineteenth of this year, a chilly premature fall day. The water temperature was still in the upper 70’s, and a few folks were out in the crystalline sun; shelling, fishing, crabbing, just walking. There were no clouds in an intense almost indigo sky, the kind of conditions that crystallize everything into a moment of rare purity.
I hope I did the light and subject proud. Sometimes it is difficult to know these things, because my own delight in the moment clouds reason.