Low cloud hung over the River Derwent like it was hiding under a doona, refusing to acknowledge the day had begun. Stripped of most colour and much detail, normally conditions I would not consider taking photos in. However, I had dropped the daughter off at her work and decided to use the opportunity to strap on my photohead and try to capture the mood before heading home.
As there was little colour, I began looking for high contrast monochrome subjects stripped of detail and using space around them – challenging myself to do something quite different from my usual style. Above is a shot of the yachts moored off Battery Point.
When I took this shot of an old slip-way, I had in mind to have it black and white, but couldn’t bring myself to edit out that beautiful rusty colour bleeding into the old timbers. In hindsight, I should have focused a little closer, I thought about cropping it but loved the composition straight from camera. All these shots are edited from the RAW files.
I thought this little sailing dingy made a lovely old-world subject. The boat was a little too far out for my 150mm / 300mm equivalent zoom to compose it in camera how I wanted – without getting my feet wet anyway. I have edited out some modern yachts that were in the background and moved Sandy Bay Point into the cropped shot, which I had in mind during capture.
I spotted a group of rowers in these old-style dingies as I headed to Nutgrove Beach, so pulled over ahead of them and waited for them to pass.
The pontoon moored off Nutgrove was inhabited by a feathered group of swimmers.
A couple of young Pacific Gulls were hanging about the beach and were kind enough to provide a close fly-by along the shore. While taking these it began to rain, time to head home.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this little escape as much as I did.