In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 21 of the series I am looking at an image that I had visualised a few years before I went back to shoot with the right light.
2 November 2011. Fingal Bay, NSW. Australia
The photography group that I was once a part of took a day trip out to Fingal Island one day, this Island can be reached by a sandbar when the tide is low so if you time it right you can walk out to the island but you have to be careful to make sure that you get back at the right time otherwise you will need to camp or swim! We took this walk during the afternoon and it was quite fun, on the way back I noticed the view north up the coast and how the major landmarks of Port Stephens line up to well. It would create a great image at sunrise as the first light of the day hits the mountains, unfortunately it would be a long, dark walk across the sand to get to this location in time!
It took a few years for me to pluck up the courage to make this trip, it was easier in 2011 as I had moved closer so there was 45 minutes less driving to do just to get to the car park. It was pitch black still when I arrived at the car park and I had to navigate with torchlight across the sand. It was so dark in fact that I had to walk close to the water for a while to keep my bearings until the light started to come. That was when I thought that I might not make it in time! I increased my pace and when I finally reached this location I was out of breath and covered in sweat despite it being quite chilly. I arrive with plenty of time and explored a few compositions before having to take the same trek back again - this time at a more leisurely pace.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.