Variations on a theme

Lone man at tide line, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Shot at sunset, with gold/ping reflections of the sky in the sand. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Sunset, Muriwai Beach, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Muriwai Beach is a place to which I return again and again. It is the closest west coast (and therefore surf) beach to home, but the attraction lies more in its illusion of endlessness, and the spectacular sunsets so often seen there.

Last night was no exception.

Editing the shot, I accidentally found a new feature in Snapseed which re-lit it as a scene more closely resembling early morning.

Lone man standing at tide line, Muriwai Beach. Golden tones to shot. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

A trick of the light? Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Other variations on the edit suggest (to me) not only different times of day, but perhaps different seasons. What do you think?

The task for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is to find variations on a theme.

As an aside, I found this quote by the great American photographer Dorothea Lange. I’m not sure I agree, but it is certainly food for thought.

“Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion… the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.”  — Dorothea Lange

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28 thoughts on “Variations on a theme

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  2. Beautifully done with the editing. As you suggested, different edits give the feel of different seasons – some images exuding more warmth compared to the others. Can also definitely see the illusion of endlessness. That horizon seems to stretch out on and on and on in the distance. Looked like a lovely walk by the beach and a great sunset too 🙂

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  3. I like the morning edit, but I suppose the light should really be coming from the opposite direction. Still the colours on the beach are magnifique! I fear that Dorothea Lange has a point. I am mildly obsessed with ‘my’ lighthouse.

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  4. Oh, these are mobile photos, since you edited them in Snapseed? Wow. They’re divine as per usual. Snapseed is my favourite photo editing app, though I don’t get such stunning results with my mostly crappy photos of course. I like number 1-2 the most from your variations.

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  5. These images are beautiful and I agree the edits do suggest different times of day and different seasons. Such a beautiful place for you to sit and reflect. A perfect subject for photos and a great retreat to return to.

    Interesting quote. I think I can relate. I like taking pictures but I LOVE researching. So applying her quote to my passion, I have to say that I kind of get what she is saying. There are a few people connected to my tree that I have strong negative feelings for, and yet I keep revisiting their story hoping to find details of respite for those they hurt. I also have people I dearly love and revisit them to make sure their story is told well so that my posterity can love them as I do.

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