As with anything, time and patience lead to good things. The catch is that we often don’t take the time nor have the patience to find out. We are all fast moving cream-skimmers whether we are on vacation or at work or at home. We do what we need to do at the moment or what we think we need to do for the next moment but we don’t sit back and wait for the moment unannounced.
What a difference soft light makes! Remember my post a few weeks back when I was lamenting how hard it is to photograph the details of lobstering when both the sun and the contrast are high? Well I had another chance to go out on a lobster boat and finally I had beautiful soft light to capture all that goes on when traps are being hauled.
Brenda and I have just returned from our latest trip to the Maine Coast and I think it was our best trip yet. I don’t think it was because the subjects were any better or prettier or the light was any better than our past trips. I think the reason is that we are better. We are better approaching people, being friendly and getting the best out of them. And we are better at going slowly now
A couple of weekends ago I was in Gloucester, Mass. looking for pictures for The Lobstering Life book I am working on. The one picture I really want is one showing a lobster being pulled out of the trap when it first comes out of the water. There are two ways this can be done- with a very wide angle lens hovering right over the trap on the boat or with a longer telephoto lens from off the boat on another boat. The ideal to either shot is capturing the exact moment when the person, lobster and trap are in the perfect position. The trick is that the perfect moment seldom occurs and when it does seldom seems to happen in nice light
No matter the time of year or business of the harbor there are always bright colors to be found. You can go on the drabbest of winter days or the rainiest of summer days and there are colors every where in a harbor. This is in contrast to most other outdoor subjects that have definite times of the year when they are prime and other times of the year when they are nonexistent