Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Turner or Constable?

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Sometimes the light does strange things: it can ruin your shot or make it. This was the latter, the fine, soft light of evening with the sun low enough to throw much of the harbour into shadow, and flooding the image with short wavelengths. This is Whitby Harbour, photographed from the end of the west quay, about the base of the breakwater, on a cold and windy evening in mid-November 2006. The scene just begged to be photographed but it was not until I saw the image on a screen weeks later that the patterning of the clouds and water brought home the feeling of a seascape by Turner or a landscape by Constable. I've always said there's something unique and beautiful about the quality of the very light in England, perhaps the latitude has a lot to do with it, but here it shows how special it can make an everyday scene. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Photo by Mike.

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