“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to
sailphotograph or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” ~ John F. Kennedy (edited by me)
I’ve been making a real effort recently to photograph locally. Not more then 20mins drive away type local. Although in fairness I am somewhat spoilt here as the sea is just 15mins away from my house so it is not exactly a struggle. However, and I have spoken about this before, it is important to not loose sight of what photographic opportunities lie at your door as you while away the hours dreaming about shooting in far off lands.
On this particular occasion, being last Thursday, I headed down to Dún Laoghaire with the very specific intention of shooting a particular slip at high tide. Unfortunately when I arrived at the location I realised it was behind locked gates (lesson: do more homework!). So I decided to spend some time on the East Pier to assess a number of other compositions I had in mind. Oh and get rained on. A lot! However between the showers the clouds and light were fantastic so I did not mind having to huddle down for the heavier downpours.
As it was coming close to Sunset I decided to head to another location I’ve had in mind for a while now, although had always arrived at low tide and the composition I had in mind would not work. On this occasion though the tide was still relatively high at the time of sunset. I’ll be honest here; with the rain, cloud cover becoming increasingly heavy and the fact that the sun sets behind my left ear at this time of year for this composition I was not holding out a huge amount of hope. But it just goes to show you should never give up hope and Be There © just in case!
PS I only joking about the © on Be There by the way 🙂