Deerfield Beach, FL, December 2008 [Click to enlarge]
About this photo: As part of Thematic Photographic this week, we're exploring "new". What does new mean to you? I hope you'll be able to answer with a picture - or many pictures! Please click here to see the kickoff entry. I look forward to seeing what you've got!Every year we've gone to Florida, I've talked about heading to the beach and catching a sunrise. And every year, it's remained just that: talk. I guess when you're on vacation, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself out of bed at 6 a.m. and head out in the dark.
This year, my wife insisted that I follow through. She also volunteered to join me, and wouldn't take no for an answer. Bless her.
So there we were, heading out in the pre-dawn murk, parking on a deserted beachfront street and planting lawn chairs into the cold sand. On the way there, I told her how little I cared about capturing the quintessential sunrise picture. Maybe I'm changing as I get older, but I no longer feel compelled to return home with a specific picture of anything. I get what I get, and whatever it is, it is. Just being beside her was enough for me.
So as you can see from the photo above, I didn't shoot a conventional view. I liked how the sun reached across the water. Wherever we sat, that reflection pointed at us. Never mind that shooting directly into the sun was photographically futile. It also didn't reflect how I felt that morning.
You feel small when you're on a quiet beach with someone who matters more to you than you've ever been able to express. You start thinking about what it all means, about why you're lucky to be in that place at that moment. You know there's a real world behind the beach that's just filled with all kinds of sadness and strain. You know you'll have to get off the beach at some point and deal with it all. But for now, it's enough to appreciate the moment for what it is: perfect.
Your turn: A moment that you'll remember. Please discuss.