Photography

Direction


Often, we spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that life seems to have no personal direction. Other people’s lives, problems, and wants set the course. Once we realize that it is okay to think about and identify what we want, remarkable things will begin to take place! It is not lack of time which tends to be the problem – we all have 24 hours each day. Stop looking at the speedometer and keep an eye on the compass!  If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined, you will meet success. Put some things behind you and pass through invisible and imagined barriers. Here is a short verse by Ella Wheeler Wilcox which is fitting for the image for today:

One ship sails East and another sails West, with the same winds that blow.

It’s the set of the sails, and not the gales, that tells them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea, are the ways of fate;

As we voyage through life, it’s the set of the soul that decides our goal

And not the calm, or the strife.

This is another shot from the Embarcadero in San Fransico, California, taken early one morning as the fog from the Bay was burning away. The entire area is a treasure trove for Photographers – old buildings, fishing boats, unique individuals, crab traps, great food and drink, a submarine… the list goes on. Here we were shooting the long lines of piers as they extended into the misty Bay when a Tall Ship appeared as if by magic. Using our tripod mounted Nikon D90 (10mm, f19, 1/8sec, ISO100, remote shutter release), we quickly aligned the ship with the lines of the piers and shot three exposures. Later these were combined with Photomatix to bring the entire dynamic range of the light to bear. No sooner than we had executed this, the ship had passed!

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8 responses

  1. This image is stunning! The light on the sailboat caught my attention instantaneously and drew me into the image. I lingered to soak in the feelings. Just LOVE this image!!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

    • Thanks Anya – it was so special to be there in just the right moment – thanks for the kind words and visit to our humble PhotoBlog!

      May 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

  2. Really like this. That boat just makes it too.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

  3. Great leading lines and tones and the boat is perfectly placed. The photographic gods have blessed you Erik

    May 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

    • Thanks – I did not place the boat, it kinda placed itself, but I agree, it was rather fortunate to be there at that very moment!

      May 26, 2012 at 6:29 am

  4. Very nice.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

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