Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2014, shot on iPhone 4.

Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2014, shot on iPhone 4.

Sometimes a moment is so perfect, it seems as if nothing could ever capture the feeling, the mood, the memory. But now that so  many of us have constant 24-hour access to a camera in our phones, tablets, etc, it is difficult not to try.

On Sunday I woke early and went to the beach. It was quiet, but not deserted. The world was suffused with a golden light. I photographed the sun rising alongside Rangitoto Island, not really expecting great results.

I was pleasantly surprised.

sunset

The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad.

After such a wonderful start, how could Sunday in Auckland be anything but glorious? It was the first day after the end of daylight saving and the sun set as we were making dinner. I only had the iPad to hand – and these were the results.

The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad

The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad

Viewers can look at these photos and enjoy the light and colours. They will almost certainly remind you of sunrises and sunsets you have seen and photographed. When I look at these I see moments of happiness, of stillness, of contentment.

Non-SLR digital devices allow us to create endless examples of such an aide-memoire. The trick now is to filter and select so that we preserve only those which really speak to us, and not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the volume of images we have created.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. Here are some other posts on this week’s theme “nature”:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-lettuce-alone/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

http://passionatelybored.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/two-yellow-leaves/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-strikes-a-pose/

http://steve-says.net/2014/04/07/2012-a-greg-odyssey/

 http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-irresistible-clouds/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/banana-blossom-004-april-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-napowrimo-and-the-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

 

Caught in the moment

13 thoughts on “Caught in the moment

  1. Beautiful photos. I love the first one best…there are something about beaches that always draws me; lovely to capture the sunrise. I must convince myself to do that more often.
    Thanks also for the pingback.

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  2. Pingback: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (Spring’s Renewal of the Landscape) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  3. I love the last one! It looks like a phoenix in the sky…. wow. I need to take some photos with my tablet. I just feel funny pointing it up at the sky… 😉 Those cloud shots are super.

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    • Thanks Meghan; I know what you mean about the tablet. It looks weird using it as a camera. But it was handy and I liked the results. Glad you did too. 🙂

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