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 23 of the series we are looking at an image that proves why you should press on despite the weather.
15 April 2012. Lemon Tree Passage, NSW Australia
So often I would set my alarm clock to wake me many hours before the dawn so that I could make a trip out to a location and wait patiently for the light. On too many occasions the alarm would sound and I would make the short walk to the window and sneak a peak through the blinds to check the weather, finding the sky overcast my semi-conscious mind would will me back to bed. This type of weather is often the best time to create images but it takes determination to overcome the desire to return to warmth and sleep. I had planned to make the 5 minute drive down to Lemon Tree Passage the day before I made this image but could not overcome a hectic work week and a sleep deficit. The next morning I had more luck and managed to will myself out the door in time for the sunrise.
This trip resulted in two images in this series, the bright red burst of light in image 22 lasted only a few minutes before returning to a blue/grey. After the colour disappeared I could begin to see the rough texture of the clouds that hung over the bay. The cloud layer must not have been very thick as the sun still lit up some areas of cloud but left others dark and stormy. I singled out this lonely tree from the few that dotted the shoreline and made an image that showed it calmly wading in the shallow waters of high tide, offset against the chaos of the skies above.
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.