Friday, 29 July 2016 09:19

...I Am an Island

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In my mind there is no more beautiful beach anywhere than Rhode Island's Moonstone Beach. A delightful combination of silken sand and rocky cobbled stretches, its general east-west orientation means that the setting sun will create a wonderful sidelight on waves washing in and returning to the sea as your image is oriented north-south. In the interstice between rock and sand, singular lithic elements come together with moving water to fashion almost zen-like opportunities for creativity, and the waning light casts a marvelous golden aura over it all. I wanted to isolate a single beach stone large enough to catch the golden light and capture it at the moment an ebbing wave was washing over it. A focal length of 450mm allowed me the angle-of-view/isolation I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field and an ISO of 200 allowed for a shutter speed of 1/4th second to give me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure. Tides may wash castles away, but beach stones can sometimes hold their ground, more like an island.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 05 August 2016 08:11 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hello Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this Image. I think little intimate landscapes such as this, that use to motion of moving water as a construction device, are always lots of fun, especially when the moving water can be counter-posed with some stable element that provides a visual and textural contrast.
    Hey Chuck; it's always good to read your thoughtful comments. The "solid rock" you mention is exactly a part of the contrast to which I referred; and you are absolutely right about the role of the warm, late-afternoon light. Without it's side-lighting enhancement, the image is just not the same. Simplicity can be so powerful. Look forward to seeing you next week.
    Hi Peter. Thank you for joining us and for your kind words. I am grateful for the wonderful sentiment you have expressed, and honored by the way in which you have expressed it. We are excited that you will be with us in November.
    Hey Nancy T., what would I do without your thoughtful comments and stories to enliven our understanding of the visual aspects of these Images? I know it was a very happy place for me to spend some time. I only wish you could have been there with us, and I hope you are still considering joining us in November. Chuck and Peter will both be there, too.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Your observations and kind words fill my day with sunshine (in a wonderful sidelight sort of way).

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:15 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Beautifully done! There is matching rim lighting on the top of the wave and stone. Then the same light has radiating lines from the stone to the wave. I think that little stone is braced and ready for anything the wave may throw at him. The lighting and colors of the image makes it look very ethereal and a happy place to spend some time.

  • Comment Link Peter Ray Sunday, 31 July 2016 15:18 posted by Peter Ray

    Damn, you're good!

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 31 July 2016 10:28 posted by Chuck Coburn

    Solid as a rock! That was the first thought that struck me. Nice side lighting, bring out all the colors in every element of the image. Sometimes the voice of simplicity just shouts at you. Thanks for wonderful, simple image that spoke so boldly.

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