Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Rapture on the Lonely Shore"

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

-Lord Byron

I waited for a long time to get this shot just the way I wanted it. The beach surrounding the rock was covered with footprints and bicycle tracks, and I waited until the tide was high enough to wash the shore clean... and then I waited until the water receded enough to allow me to capture the rocks and the pool - plus the reflected light on the wet sand. I wanted to be positioned so that there was a separation between the two large rocks in the background - and also between the two foreground rocks. The tide was coming in fast, so I almost didn't get the shot - the waves would come up and wash the shore, and then receded - but not fast enough. As they receded, the next wave would come in and cover the beautiful depression around the rocks. Eventually, the waves pulled back enough to allow me to capture the shot as I wanted it - just when I though it wasn't going to happen. You can see the next small wave coming in to fill my little pond. :)

I love this place. It was so hard to leave!

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Anonymous anush said...

amazing shot as always!

May 11, 2008 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks so much, Anush. I'm glad you are enjoying my photography. And thanks for taking the time to post a comment. It's always great to hear from people who are interested in my work.

May 11, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Brian Rueb said...

This is awesome...makes me want to take the next 10 days off and go up there...

May 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Brian. :) I'd love to be back there again. One of these days...

May 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM  
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