Tuesday, January 25, 2011

in a fleeting moment

sunset ducks SOOC

Often when I go out with my camera I have a plan of what I want to shoot and how. And then there are those rare occasions of serendipity. The shutter is pressed instinctively, and a few fleeting moments difference in timing would capture a completely different shot. That’s the case for my photo of ducks floating on the lake at sunset. I was there to capture the sunset, but the ducks were so compelling I couldn’t help but watch them as they were gliding through the evening light. They were in constant motion, and I pressed the shutter as I followed them with my lens without thinking about the settings on my camera. I didn't plan a silhouette shot of ducks that day, but was lucky enough to capture one.

In  lesleylouise's photo I can't help but wonder if she had a similar experience. Was she out with her camera to capture a golden sunset that evening? And as she noticed the sailboat gliding through the water and the light, turned her camera on it without a thought and captured that perfect fleeting moment and silhouette in the sunset light?

xo maureen of cottage 960

sunset sailing
sunset sailing by lesleylouise

22 comments:

justine said...

absolutely wonderful photographs.

Kristina said...

I love the refelction of the boat in the water. so beautiful!
viele gruesse, kristina

Clare B said...

Both these photographs are so lovely - I agree with Kristina - the reflection of the boat really makes this photo

Indie.Tea said...

It is beautiful...And the reflection DOES balance the photograph perfectly.

Lesley Louise said...

Thanks for your lovely comments. I was very lucky with this shot, and just as Maureen has said, I caught it at just the right moment. Seconds later a large freight ship came into the shot, and the sail boat moved out of the path of the sunlight. Thanks again for featuring my photo, it has made my day :)

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

sigh. They shots warm my soul.

urban muser said...

beautiful photos. you just never know what you are going to catch when you have your camera with you.

lucy said...

simple. elegant. beautiful.

breezelife said...

these are both amazing shots!

Mae said...

so beautiful! what lovely warm color. and the texture of the water in both images is just beautiful!

windrock studio said...

Both images are so very lovely and leave me with a feeling of calmness. Thanks for sharing!

Lianne said...

I LOVE sun on water photos and the rich oranges of your shot are fantastic, Maureen - serendipity indeed! The sailboat photo is so serene.

Anna said...

Maureen, yes indeed, those unexpected captures are true gifts! Both photos are beautiful. The type of shots that make the viewer wish they were there!

Sheri said...

That duck shot is amazing!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I gravitate to sunset shots. They are just so relaxing. Those little ripples in the water are wonderful!

gina said...

Fabulous pairing! Thanks for the sharing those wonderful photos.

tara said...

wow, both of these are stunners -- and they make me long for summer days on the water.

Oliag said...

Each of these photos is stunning! and oh so inspiring!

Andree said...

Both are simply stunning! And you even captured perfect shadows of the sailboat!

Beautiful!

blue elephant photography said...

i love these shots!

Kirstin said...

Goodness, these are both such lovely pictures....

Jamie said...

Gorgeous - and warm - something most of us aren't right now.

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