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Lines in the Sand

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In New England, the Labor Day holiday weekend is unofficially considered to be the final weekend of summer and it is certainly the busiest. Maybe that's why I love Cape Cod in the post-Labor Day calmness. Strolling along Duck Harbor before last year's workshop I noticed the ripples in the sand left in the wake of the receding tide. In the late-afternoon slanting light they were highlighted and the sand was warmed by the golden rays. After considerable care to not step where I might photograph and more care to find the angle in the running lines that evoked the greatest emotional response, I set my camera low to the ground as if preparing for an extreme wide-angle landscape. Such an angle of view offered too much real estate, so I extended my focal length to 42mm, which, though technically in the "normal" range, still offered a lot to see and with good focusing technique allowed me to create sharpness throughout. Aligning the shell and the seaweed on the best diagonal possible, given the perameters of the lines, was also a strong consideration. An aperture of f/22 with a shutter speed of 1/10 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:43 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone, thank you all for joining me in this conversation. You inspire me with the thoughtfulness of your observations. Nancy T., I do deeply believe that great beauty can be found in the very ordinary and that while always taking advantage of the dramatic light is something for which we strive, learning to see mundane things in ordinary light is as much about art as is the dramatic. Tari, I never cease to be amazed at the lives you have lived. Your experiences can only serve you well as an artist. Helen, it was on this day in 1888 that George Eastman received his patent for the Kodak camera. The marketing release that accompanied the announcement said, "You just push the button, we do the rest." The marketing has never changed, but the truth has always been that "seeing" requires much more than pushing a button. I truly appreciate what you have said. And Jessyca, you are so right, it is exactly about the light and the lines and the interplay of the two and the relationships thus created. Dramatic vistas are wonderful, but beauty exists outside the lines.

  • Comment Link Jessyca Stansbury- McCargo Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:56 posted by Jessyca Stansbury- McCargo

    Awesome! I really love this composition. The shadows and light play off of one another creating magnificent designs in the sands. Really, really nice.

  • Comment Link Helen Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:43 posted by Helen

    Wonderful lines. Thanks for sharing how carefully you thought through the image. Yes, inspiring!

  • Comment Link tari federer Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:35 posted by tari federer

    What a beautiful image. It reminds me of clamming, as a child, while my familiy in Canada dug a pit in the sand, filling it with seaweed, lobsters, and clams for a feast in Buctouche Bay.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:04 posted by Nancy Tripp

    INSPIRATION! You have demonstrated again how you can find beauty in nature in a spot most people would just walk by. A very valuable lesson. Thanks

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