The Great Catch

A few days ago on a particularly stormy day I decided to grab my camera and drive to Belcarra Regional Park. You know my penchant for cloudy skies. As soon as I arrived it started pouring with rain so I sheltered under a tree and started observing. There was a family on the jetty crab fishing. Nothing unusual you might say but the fact that they continued fishing in the pouring rain intrigued me. The woman was holding two colourful umbrellas against the dark skies, which made a powerful impact.

My mind started to wander. Are they doing it for fun? Or maybe they are poor emigrants looking to supplement their income? Have they caught anything today? As I was thinking, the rain stopped and I decided to explore.

I walked around the dock and tried to find some answers. Overwhelmed by the fascinating visuals, I started composing and taking photos. Given that I was working with the wide-angle lens I knew I had to get very, very close and I had to be very careful with my composition. They didn’t take any notice of me. I tried different angles and perspectives. This simple scene offered such visual richness – drama, colour, characters, shapes, tension and much more. I kept experimenting, changing angles and eliminating elements from my frame. It was one of those moments that grabbed all your senses and wouldn’t let go. A truly immersive experience!

Before I downloaded the images to my computer I knew I had got something special. No, it wasn’t just the physical images I had captured but the experience of taking them was so rich that I knew it was a special sequence. I don’t know all the answers about this family but maybe it is your turn to imagine and wonder. What do you see?









All images were taken with the Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8, processed in LR6. The Classic Chrome film simulation works so well here.



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