Guest Shooter Ron Barrons – Sunrise at Moosonee

Posted in Guest Shots on July 1st, 2010 by MadDog
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It’s always a pleasure to feature the photography of friends who take their art seriously. I don’t mean seriously as in “pedantic”, but seriously as in “I find meaning and pleasure in this.” Geeky photographers bore me. One can get so wrapped up with the gear and the technicalities that the objective of the art is missed. It’s not about the cameras or the f-stops or whether you use this or that method. It’s not even about whether it is judged by somone that it is a “good photograph” or something less. It’s about the shared experience between the photographer and the viewer. If no emotional connection is made, then, as far as I am concerned, it’s just another snapshot no matter how technically perfect it may be. On the other hand, many so-called “snapshots” turn out to be very powerful images. It’s all about the moment and the intuition which drives the photographer’s finger on the button.

Much of my work is snapshots. I send them along to you, if I find them amusing. Ron’s contribution today, however, is art. Let’s let Ron tell about it in his own words:

One of my hopes for from my trip to Moosonee was to photograph a nice sunrise over the Moose River at the time of the summer solstice. I think you will agree that this hope fell beyond that of simply nice to well within the realm of quite spectacular.

The attached sunrise photos were taken between 4:54 and 5:18 AM from the water taxi dock at Moosonee on the Moose River. Up until shortly after sunrise (5:06 AM) there was no breeze and the river looked like a sheet of glass. There seemed to be a correlation between the sunrise and the immediate breeze. I’ve not found what this phenomenon might be called, but no doubt it is related to sun’s warming influence. It was quite pronounced to say the least. By the way, I took 101 photographs from when I arrived at the river’s edge at 4:50 AM and 5:18 AM when the show was over.

I should mention that the Moose River empties into James Bay about 20 kilometres to the north-east from Moosonee (see the Google Earth Image).

Here is one of my favourites:The symmetry here is simply beautiful with the near-perfect reflection of the sky on the water. It also includes a very important compositional rule, “angled lines”.

Here is a real beauty just before the sun peeks over the horizon:Here is another nice compositional feature “converging lines”. The boards and the shape of the dock direct your attention beautifully to the focal point of the sunrise.

This one is even better:

Now the sun is up and all of the foreground elements take you right to it. I like the subtle differences in the colour treatment also. As Ron mentions, you can see that the wind has some up. The rough water surface give a completely different mood to the image.

Here the horizon mid-split seems to break a compositional rule, but it works beautifully:It’s hard to argue about rules when the proof is in the pudding. This is very nice work, indeed.

You know, I love the warm colours of the shots above, but for sheer beauty and a keen eye for the image, I’d put this shot in the National Geographic league:Breathtaking, eh? Ron, you are welcome here any time. Thanks for giving me and our readers some genuine eye-candy today.

Here’s the Google Earth image which Ron mentioned:

Speaking of images from space, I can’t leave without showing you this just in from the fabulously expensive NASA probe which has just beamed back it’s first images of the surface of Planet X. Hold onto your hats, folks. This is weirdsville:

The astonishingly craggy, wrinkled surface has planetologists scratching their heads. One was heard to mumble, “What the . . .” as the image unwrapped itself on the screen while sweaty, glowing faces gathered around.

Another exclaimed, as a little foam dribbled from the corner of his mouth, “It . . . it looks like . . . like an old man’s foot!”

Go figure.

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