At the end of December, in the lull between Christmas and New Year, I headed to the coast to to reflect on the passing of the year and to scout around the beach for images. The sands were busy with families enjoying the holiday break but as the sunset approached the numbers dwindled. This groyne marker and pool of water caught my eye as having some potential to be the main element of an image. I composed the shot with the post to the left and used the pool of water and it’s run-off to lead the eye to the sun and clouds. As the sun slipped behind a cloud bank it was reflected in the water near the shoreline which was an added bonus. As is so often the case, the image shows my mood but it’s only after the event that I can look into the picture more deeply.
It’s been a really busy year for me and photography has needed to take a back seat but this image sums up the peaceful contentment and rest at the end of all the effort. Taking pleasure in the small, brief moments of nature makes a huge difference in restoring my energy. I can relate the ebb and flow of the tide to the rhythms of work and rest. And even when all seems drained away, the promises of my faith still remind me of the truth that there are always pools of calm and refreshment waiting to be found.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 17-40mm at 17mm
Exposure: 1/60 sec, f11
Tripod, cable release, 0.6 ND hard graduated filter, mirror lock up