Monthly Archives: April 2016

Special Moments

There are special moments in photography, when the gods come together and without anticipation you are there, in the right place, at the right time, with the right - or almost right - equipment. That happened the other night on Lido Beach. We had come to watch the sunset and, having brought a couple of sit-on-the-sand stadium seats, plunked ourselves down a few feet from the water. We were there to enjoy the sunset and, perhaps, capture a few images.   There was still enough light that my camera was set to my usual aperture priority, f/11. Given the hour, the ISO was 400. The camera was in my lap, aimed more or less, down the beach with the 18-200mm DX lens pulled all the way back to 18mm.   Couples, young and old strolled by – the firm and the infirm. Gulls wheeled overhead and the sounds and warm breeze nearly lulled me to sleep. Then, along came two young women who, stopped a few yards away and stayed - conversing in the warm light - while one practiced her dance and balance movement. Is it possible for a photographer to resist this? Click, Click, Click - without ever picking up the camera.   The light had declined and because of the distance, the image is cropped way down to where it’s only 2.5mg. I was able to push the color and contrast; and I think that enhances the specialness of this unique moment. I captured a number of images. Three came out well. This one, I like best. There is a lesson here: special light makes special moments - but you have to be there. _KRK6878edit7162
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