And the pendulum swings.
While I was unhappy with the images I showed yesterday, it would be downright picky to complain about the images I made in the evening out at Paremata. This is not to say that they couldn’t be improved. There are always better ways to make images, but for the moment I am pleased. Still dark water, late afternoon winter sun, colourful boats and buildings all came together to let me make pictures that are on the upswing of that wretched pendulum. (Click to enlarge each image as usual) began on the beach just inside the inlet at the Paremata bridge. The tide was low but coming in. A bunch of local kids were fishing. But that wasn’t the shot that brought me there.
Across the channel, the boatsheds were gleaming in the late light, and the bright paint was reflecting beautifully in the unruffled water.
Swing a little further round presented a different set of colours and a different set of reflections .
To the East, boats at anchor were scarcely moving at all, despite the incoming tide. They lent themselves to a long exposure. Satisfied, I packed up camera and tripod and began to drive home.
I had just got round the corner onto Paremata Road past the boat sheds when the view caught my eye from another angle. I went down onto the beach at Ivey Bay and looked Westward. The moored boats were catching the light and the ones anchored in the inlet were beginning to swing with the in-rushing tide. The sun was getting close to the horizon and I suspected I was about to see a colour change.
The combination of setting sun, coloured clouds and still water gave me a lovely opportunity which I seized with gratitude.
And that feels much better.