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Come sail away…

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The light was fading… I was intent on watching this beautiful Caribbean sunset loftily sink beneath the horizon when this perfect little vessel sailed into view, its white sails reflecting the last vestiges of light that bounced off the darkening seas. I love the play of light and dark in this image–the dusky clouds and brilliant sun, and the way the sails almost glow with a life of their own in a comparatively vast landscape. Hope you enjoy…

Pacific giants…

Sometimes a photograph needs a bit of perspective. This shot, of one of the starkly beautiful craggy rocks that jut out from the Pacific coastline, is given a more awe-inspiring perspective by the rowers who are dwarfed by its presence. It adds a nice element of interest to the shot, too, and while I wish I could brag that I’d planned it that way, the truth is, the final product was more of a happy accident. I did see the canoe approaching, quickly previsualized the image, and waited until they hit the sweet spot in my composition. What I did plan entirely was the soft yellow flowers in the foreground, which I felt would soften the overall scene and provide a natural contrast to the sharp edges of the rocky subject. In the end, this was one of my favorite images of the Pacific shore, which is awe inspiring to behold, but whose magnificence is more difficult than one might think to portray in a single image. Hope you enjoy…

 

f/9, 1/250 sec, 115 mm, ISO 100

 

Water power …

The events of the past week with Hurricane Irene remind us all once again of the mighty power of water. Irene’s surge and the torrential rains that are plaguing the northeastern region of the country harken back to images of the destruction of Katrina, the broken levees along the Mississippi, and the ocean of water that descended on my hometown of Nashville, just a little over a year ago. Combine enough of those tiny molecules of H2O and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with.

Which brings me to this image, taken from the banks of Niagara Falls in 2009. There are few places I can imagine that demonstrate the mighty power of water like Niagara. To compose this image, I leaned about as far as one can (safely) over the rail to entirely frame the rushing water and white foam–6 million cubic feet a minute barreling over the precipice to a 170 foot drop. The icing for me that day was being there at the moment the sun’s lowering rays turned to golden, which reflected in the white water and transformed the Niagara to a beautiful emerald green. Hope you enjoy…

f/10, 1/800th, ISO 400, 250 mm