Friday, February 10, 2006

Photo Friday: Blur

A photograph is simply evidence of a moment that once existed. It's putting your hand in the continually flowing stream of moments and cupping some of that precious water in your hand.

This photograph is of my daughter, taken at Cave Point in Door County, Wisconsin. Cave Point features low shelves of limestone rock washed by the waves of Lake Michigan. I used a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of the waves over the stone and instructed my daughter to stay as still as she could for the half-second exposure.

The result for me is a photo of someone pausing to contemplate life as the moments rush by.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:7-8

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


Walnut said...

wow...amazing photos!! thanks for sharing!

Jack said...

Hi James,

I'm working with a digital camera that's too automatic for me (I can't set shutter speed, for example). I'm wondering what you work with or whether you could recommend something I should move up to. Price I'm afraid IS a consideration.


Anonymous said...

James, this photo brings back memories of our summer vacations on the Oregon Coast when I was a child. It's very rocky there and there are tide pools. I love those memories, and this is a great memory provoking photograph, thanks. V. Schroeder

kristal said...

I love this one!

RennyBA said...

Great blog with beautiful pics - so keep up the good work as I say: thanks for sharing :-)

engloy said...

A refreshing change, James. I was starting to miss some human-element in your recent posts :) I do find that you have placed your daughter a little bit too close to the top of the frame. Any particular reasons for that?

James said...

engloy, I'm hoping to get a chance to shoot some photos closer to home - I should have a better chance of capturing some people.

I purposely put my daughter to the edge to add some visual tension to the shot. The message being that of someone on the outside looking in as life flowed around them.

Thanks for sharing the observations!

James said...

walnut, v., krystal and rennyba: So glad you enjoyed this photo.

Jack, I could go into a lot of detail to answer your question. I think I'll devote a post in the next day or so to my equipment and my approach to photography. You'll see that I'm a bit of a throwback as far as equipment goes. Hopefully there will be some information you'll find helpful.