Blowing in the Breeze

Blowing in the Breeze

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Tall grass
Sways gently in the breeze
As the sun sets
On another day

I took this a few days ago down by the lakefront in Belmont. The sky had just started to turn this beautiful orangey-yellow and there was a lovely cool breeze as well blowing through the trees and grass. I knew the sunset would make for a nice photo but I really wanted to try to capture the feel of the breeze and motion in the image too, so I thought I’d try to juxtapose the gently moving grass with the sunset. It took me a couple of shots to get it right but I really like this one… it’s simple but really gives the slight feel of motion which I was going for.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

The Leaning Tree

I am like a tree
The wind blows me to and fro
But still I stand tall

I spotted this tree on the Newcastle foreshore while shooting the sunset last week. I thought the way it was leaning was interesting and I really liked the way it framed the scene and the dying light.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2018

By Belmont Wharf

By Belmont Wharf

Purple light
Stretches along
The horizon
As another day ends

By Belmont Wharf black and white

These photos are from a couple of days ago, down near the wharf in Belmont.

The dusk light was lovely and the reflection off the lake was very beautiful. The perfect kind of scene for a long exposure and I’m pleased with how the photos came out.

I like the scene in colour but I also really like it in black and white, particularly with all the texture it brings out and the way the shadow near the bottom helps draw the eye in to the photo.

Usually I wouldn’t edit two photos with such similar framing but I really like both photos. I think they show the scene in very different ways despite their framing and it shows that sometimes you need to be willing to break your own rules. I’m glad I did here.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016

Across the Lake

Across the Lake

The passage of time
Marks us all differently
But leaves none behind

I took this photo at the same time as the ones in my last post. It was a lovely sunset and as the light started to fade afterward, the lake started to become quite ethereal and very beautiful so I used my tripod and an ND filter to take a longer exposure to try to capture the remaining light in the scene.

A long exposure means using a slow shutter speed and that also helps to blur the appearance of water so getting the timing right was a bit of a juggling act as I still wanted to include some motion in the image rather than have the water be totally still. I settled for about 1.5 seconds in the end and it worked well – it feels dreamy but not too dreamy and I really like the final image.

It also made me think about the idea of time slowing and passing and how it changes us all, which inspired the haiku.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2016