Time: Photography's Greatest Variable

By | 2015-05-31T11:43:47+00:00 May 15th, 2015|

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The truth of the matter is that I hadn’t really appreciated how malleable the same ol’ environments, like Haukland Beach, were under the variable of time until I got back home and took a good look at the photos I captured. As I arrowed over from photo to photo, the realization became quite clear. I was looking at photos of the same place but they were most certainly not the same looking photos and that nuanced distinction formed the impetus of this post. I gained an appreciation for how much can change over the course of a few minutes. Colors popped, faded, and blended all over the surroundings in front of me. Winds would pick up and die off so quickly. All I had to do was stand there and wait with my camera ready.

It served as a little reminder that time can do more than just about anything else to bring freshness to the same scene. Understanding, appreciating, and abiding by that fact will certainly serve me well when I return to this area in a month.

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One Comment

  1. David LaSpina / JapanDave May 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos, Brian, and great observation.

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