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Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail
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Copyright: Laurie Black (laurielblack) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 77] (1388)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-08
Categories: Mood
Camera: canon EOS 300 D rebel, 18-55mm EF-S Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-08 20:52
Viewed: 1290
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today would have been my father's 84th birthday. He passed away in 1999 when I was pregnant with my 3rd son. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing. He loved being on the water, rod and reel in hand, just sitting there waiting for something to come along and bite. Sometimes he would sit on the shore of one of the local lakes or ponds with just a cane pole, passing the time. Thinking back, we never ate a whole lot of fish, so I don't think Daddy every really kept any of the ones he caught. He just like to spend time outside. He told me once that fishing was his "church." I never realized what a profound statement that was until much later in life.

As I drove across a lake today, I saw several sailboats out on the water. Of course, being me, I had to stop for a minute to see if I could get a picture of one. Only two were really in a place where I thought I could capture them, so I parked the car, walked to the water's edge, and waited. They came around, first one then the other, drifting in the water. The first one was really too far away for my lens. The second one, however, was much closer so I kept watching for it to be in a spot where the background wasn't so bad. While waiting, I thought about what Daddy had said...fishing is his church. I realized at that moment, while standing there waiting for a shot to come in range, that my little photography hobby is MY church. My time alone outside. My time to think, to reflect, to do something I truly enjoy, even if it's not worthy of a gallery or even public viewing at all. All of a sudden it made sense. And, at that moment, the sailboat moved into the sun's reflection as it danced on the water. I think Daddy might have had something to do with it, but however it happened, I was glad.

Happy birthday, Daddy. You are missed.

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This is lovely composition. The glare from the water gives a very soft, dream-like quality to the picture, and the boat stands out well against this. The boat being slightly off-centre gives it a little added edge I would say.

Very nice one Laurie. Bravo

Beautiful dreamy photo Laurie. What a lovely tribute to your father! Very touching note with a wonderful life lesson tucked inside. Thanks for sharing the shot and the lesson and Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Hugs to you,

Hi Laurie, great picture, great note. I think everyone has its small church, where he can think about everydays problems on his own, or just relax.
I think your dad would like this picture
bye alex

Ciao Laurie

Belíssimo visual deste barco solitário,
eu adoro os efeitos dos reflexos na água,
super detalhes e boa composição!


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