“Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.” ~ John Locke
I mentioned in my recent 2013 | A Retrospective post that I had hung up my camera for the month of December. I need to come clean though folks, that was not entirely true as I did manage one very short outing on December 28th. But that’s it, honest, just that one outing. And this is the result of that short window of quiet solitude.
I found myself down in Dún Laoghaire on a Saturday afternoon as the madness of Christmas was beginning to ebb and the madness of New Years had yet to build. I had not intended to shoot but I did have a small bit of gear in the car just in case the mood took me. And I guess one strong coffee later it did as I returned to the car, grabbed my gear and took a wander down to a spot beside the harbour that I have visited quite a few times during the year. I was so excited about being out I shared the BTS image on Instagram🙂
After some very stormy weather this day was relatively calm, and I found the tide quietly rising around these little rocks just of a jetty beside the main harbour. I ended up using several ND filters stacked in order to extend the exposure to 7 minutes. Seven minutes was the magic number in terms of softening the sea and providing a sense of movement in the clouds. All of this added up to a sense of quiet isolation for this two rocks, sitting right beside each other, so close but never quite touching.