A couple weekends ago I spent time going through some of my old images and decided to edit a few that had never been touched before. This is one of those images.
It was captured in 2016 and I decided to call it "The Divine" in honor of how lucky I was that the three main elements lined up so nicely - the sunrays, the seagull and the fishing boat.
The Divine is available as a canvas print in standard sizes up to 4 feet wide
The story of this image was typical of most of my photos back then. I did not have a specific shot in mind; I just knew that I wanted to return home with a few 'keepers'.
Several seagulls lounged near a jetty at Portsmouth Beach Hotel and in total, I probably spent more than an hour observing them. From time to time one bird would peel away from the group and I would try so hard to get a closeup of the bird in flight.
I had no luck with those shots. First of all, I wasn't skilled enough and secondly, my entry-level gear wasn't up to the task of shooting fast-moving birds (see what gear I'm using now). After a while of doing this, I decided to try for a wider shot and eventually captured several versions of this one.
However, these images remained lost in my archives because at first glance, they were very unappealing.
- The horizon was crooked
- The color was a flat, dull, hazy blue.
- And, there was no specific point of interest (in my mind)
The truth is though, my skill had not yet developed to a stage that allowed me appreciate finer points of this image.
Fast forward six years and the final image basically jumped out at me as I scanned through the group of photos. It was only a matter of chipping away at the proverbial block of marble in order to reveal the prize.
Captured in 2017, the following image was also lost among a pile of discarded never-to-be-seen-again images.
I visited Soufriere and Scotts Head with a group of friends and we ended up at the southernmost point in Dominica... known as Cachacrou. You have an amazing 360 degree view from that location, and I was able to capture this image of the village and the Soufriere/Scotts Head Bay:
Scotts Head Panorama is available as a canvas print in panorama sizes up to 5 feet wide
However, while they were enjoying this beautiful vista towards the north, I turned around and spotted a vessel on the horizon. I took the shot, not expecting anything much, since I was facing the sun and the ship was quite far away.
But I came across the image a couple weekends ago and was able to create this:
The Journey is available as a canvas print in standard sizes up to 4 feet wide
This image required a more heavy-handed touch of editing. I redid the entire horizon and sky portion of the photo in order to create an even gradient from left to right.
I am very proud of both of these images. To me they represent growth and maturity in my skill as a photographer. I'm so proud that I entered them into an international photography competition known as the ND Awards.
Results won't be released until much later this year, but I am hoping that the judges see exactly what I saw in these photographs.
Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts about these two images. Thank you for reading!