I was tramping around one of my favorite local shooting spots on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain the other day, looking for images near the water’s edge south of Madisonville, Louisiana. The wind was out of the south and blowing, whipping things up and driving off the brown pelicans I was vaguely hunting. Driving out, I stopped on the small raised bridge that goes over the Madisonville Canal just as the late afternoon light illuminated the tall marsh grass that lines both sides of this little waterway. The light was beautiful and the colors coming off the water iridescent.
I backed up, parked the car and walked back up to the middle of the bridge to make this first image.
As I was shooting this image, I was thinking about another one: about 8 months earlier, right at dawn, I had shot another photograph at this same spot, the morning glow in the east reflecting up onto some clouds in the west, the direction I was shooting in. Remembering that photograph and wanting to duplicate it compositionally, I used my macro lens and shot, planning on the panorama I knew I was making.
Below is the original photograph. Back on the computer doing the initial processing, I was surprised to see how far off I was on the whole composition! I didn’t come home with quite the right pieces to revisit my first image. The nature of the seasons plays a role too: the marsh grass is 8 feet high and already dead in December, unlike the young sprouts that were growing in April. Looking at both images now, I see them as very distinct, truly unique and different moments in time.
Do you have a favorite place you photograph repeatedly? How does it change from trip to trip? Maybe more importantly, how have the changes in YOU resulted in changes in the photographs you come away with?
Sometimes, our photos really are windows into our souls, aren’t they?
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