As a new diversion, I’ll be sharing various sunsets and sunrises on Thursdays; there are plenty of images to choose from, so I think I may have something for just about all tastes!
Let’s kick things off with a wonderful moment from June of 2021, when I was lucky enough to find myself with this view…
As the day was drawing to a close, we found ourselves sauntering around the harbor front area in the town of Bar Harbor. As the Sun started getting lower, I started experimenting with different approaches of capturing the moment, while finding a balance between the brightness of the Sun and the silhouette of the landscape.
Ultimately, I settled on a higher shutter speed of 1/1600 s with an ISO of 125, which gave me this result at F/9. Shot with a Canon EOS R5 and a Canon RF 24-105mm L IS USM lens. Post processing was used to add a little bit of warmth and pop the contrast.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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11 thoughts on “Sunset over a Harbor”
This is such a wonderful sunset. It would be an honor for me to include your posts in my Weekend Sky challenge 🙂
You’re most kind! I will be honored to be included. Thank you!
This is a lovely one, Frank. Such a perfect serene view 🙂
Thank you so much!
Sunset are such a wonderful topic. Looking forward to them.
I love them even more than sunrises, as they are at a much better time 😎
Stunning photo 😀
Thank you, Cee!
Fabulous shot Frank!
Thank you so much, Diane.