Losing Track of Time
While walking along the beach one early afternoon in May at Kohler-Andrae State Park, I happened up this series of stones. Having washed up on the beach by the waves of Lake Michigan, they were placed in no particular order.
Yet, as I looked closer, there was some order to their layout. Isolate small sections of this image and patterns begin to emerge. Sometimes the patterns might be with two or three stones.
An at the same time, as I look at the image from a distance, I find myself looking at a larger grouping of stones, then isolating to an individual stone.
For me, there is a lot to look at within this image. Easily one could allow their mind to drift to see what they’d like. I’ve often thought this image, or others like it, would be perfect in the waiting rooms of health care providers. The tranquility of this scene comes forth in such a relaxing way. One could easily lose track of time.
When I created this image, I was shooting experimenting with my 35mm lens. Up close, the stones provided one view. Further back allowed for many more stones to “be in the picture”.
It was this “distant” view that gave rise to a better image - one that offered contemplation to the viewer.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14843
1Ds Mark III, Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM
focal length 35 mm
ISO 50, 1/30 second, f/18
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin