Since moving to New Zealand, the desire to do nature photography has lodged its spiky pickaxe in my brain. I used to think, “Ugh — nature!” when I picked up a camera and headed out, assuming that only urban street scenes and manmade objects were worthy of attention.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just growing older, or getting more flabbily sentimental, or perhaps just reaching the end of my patience with all of humanity (“Get off my lawn!”), but when I head out the door anymore, I now seem to actively seek out instances of natural beauty rather than the usual people, places and things.
Not that I don’t still appreciate the interest of a well-lit portrait or gritty street scene, but these days I respond less readily to people pics and more readily to a cluster of stately trees.
Though, still, an urban people pic like the one below can strike me with its unlikely waves of shadow lapping up against a real naval ship docked in an Auckland wharf:
I had a good time grabbing that one on the fly — the group came walking up, I happened to be in just the right place at the right time, out came the camera and voila. I almost missed it, and am glad I didn’t.
*NOTE: The “waves” are a shadow from the roof of the building I was standing against when I snapped the photo.