November 10, 2022
Today I want to share with you some insights into the impact that light and perspective can have on the art of photography. I captured these two images at the same place on different days in different lighting and from different perspectives.
I took the first photo on a sunny, crisp day. It was high tide, so the waves were crashing up onto the cliff by this sea shack. There is a strong contrast of light between the white waves and the darker ocean water. By standing uphill from the sea shack I have shown its closeness to the sea and its vulnerability to the waves. Can you feel the energy and the power of the ocean that prevails in the image?
I took the second image on a foggy morning when the marine layer clouds were lying low on the coast. The contrast here is between the light the fog casts and the dark shadows on the cliff. It was low tide and the sea was calm. By standing downhill from the shack, I have focused on the simplicity of its architecture. A little post-processing vignetting directs the viewer’s eye to the structure. Does this image seem mysterious, yet calming to you?
This spot is an historic site where returning World War II Veterans built the first sea shack here to use as shelter during their surfing adventures. Though it has been rebuilt many times, it is considered a sacred spot by many surfers.
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