Today’s Photograph November 23, 2010

Driftwood#1.  Canon 16-35mm lens @18mm, 1/125sec @ f6.3, ISO 200. Three bracketed exposures were merged in Photoshop HDR Pro then converted into an RGB  black and white image using Adjustment Layers. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Driftwood#1. Canon 16-35mm lens @18mm, 1/125sec @ f6.3, ISO 200. Three bracketed exposures were merged in Photoshop HDR Pro then converted into an RGB black and white image using Adjustment Layers. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

I took a walk along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain the other day, right as the sun was setting. A new cold front was trying to push into the area and the clouds were fantastic! Dawn and dusk are two of my favorite times to photograph and everything looked promising here as the last bits of sunlight were illuminating bits and tops of these scattering clouds.

The driftwood was a massive log, a full tree trunk, obviously blown up onto the shoreline by some past hurricane. As soon as I saw it I got excited, knowing that in its bleached-out surface were bound to be some interesting possibilities. This was one of several images that I made that day. There are others that I plan to work on soon as well.

The main thing about a situation like this is how important it is to be decisive and quick! The light is ever changing and it’s this light that you’re dependent upon. You must make quick decisions about composition, shoot and then look some more.

These fleeting moments are what we live for as photographers. It’s in that moment, when much is demanded and time is short, that I feel most alive.

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