An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
I spent a very pleasant day with friends who live on the Central Coast (just north of Sydney). Apart from the great conversations and food, I also took the opportunity to catch some snaps.
I normally take photos early morning/late evening because I love the colours and light and moodiness at that time. But, since I was driving up early in the afternoon, I decided to try something different. I was looking for colour against a plain background or some small colourful detail.
I was taking some photos of white sailing boats against dark green hills and dark blue water when I saw a couple take out their small, brightly-coloured sailing boat. This was exactly what I was looking for.
Flying colours, Koolewong
I also found an old dinghy tied up to some mooring posts besides an old boat. I couldn't resist the colours, reflections, and the lazy, laid-back feeling (see Mooring Post, Empire Bay). My wife commented, "You love those posts, don't you!" I guess she's right as I frequently take photos of mooring posts - I love the simplicity and the guaranteed reflection in the water.
I had had a wonderful meal with my friends at Yum Yum Eatery in Hardys Bay (No, I'm not being paid for this endorsement), even though I was constantly checking to see if there were any good photo opportunities. I sometimes find it hard to to the "photographer" off.
The following morning I was up before dawn in order to drive to Terrigal - I just love the place - for pre-dawn photos. The sky finally played its part and produced wonderful colours.
Abstract Dawn, Terrigal
But the photo of the weekend was an accident. I was editing all the photos I'd taken and applied the changes from one photo to another with a surprising result:
The Sentinel, Terrigal
I am amazed at how a simple set of changes (high Black setting and a high White Balance temperature) could create such a difference.
Here's the original for comparison:
It was a wonderfully productive photographic weekend. But above all, it was serendipitous - I could not have planned for the sailing boat or my "mistake".
You can catch all the new photos in the following galleries: