Travel Theme: Oceans


In addition to the other photo challenge, Ailsa is running a photo challenge with a travel theme. Her most recent challenge is Oceans and you can see more details at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/06/08/oceans/

Oceans was a surprisingly difficult theme also this week, as it’s not that often that we focus sufficiently on the ocean to capture a wonderful photo of it. We are either aiming to capture something on, in or beyond the ocean. That’s why I like this photo. At first glance it appears to be a rather pointless close-up of a wave, maybe taken by mistake, but on closer inspection, you can see the shadow of a dolphin swimming beneath the surface and you realise the magic of the photo. I was lucky enough to go to the Maldives and see dolphins, and they were wonderful animals. I have some fantastic photos of dolphins that I could have chosen for this challenge, but I chose this photo for it’s initial photo on the ocean.

Photography seems to reflect life sometimes, and this is one of those times. Even though the ocean is glaringly obvious and in our face, we are still tempted not to see it, and to focus on other things. Sometimes we do need to step back and reassess what is obvious to us and what is only seemingly obvious. Blindingly obvious is one of those wonderful phrases in the English language that captures a feeling so perfectly that it is impossible to convey any differently, so obvious we are blind to it. The sea is one of thos blindingly obvious things, so even when it fills the frame, we are tempted to look for that shadow beyond the surface.

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5 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Oceans

  1. ailsapm says:

    I didn’t even notice the shadow of the dolphin, I was too busy looking at all the variations of blue in the water. I love how the water is almost glowing turquoise at the top of the photo and the crest of the wave picks up the same colour. Beautiful.

  2. I thought you captured the motion of the waves well.

  3. I really love the textures of the water in his shot!

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