The Green Splash

When I'm not out hunting the proverbial Green Flash; that moment when the sun sets and produces a brilliant instant of Green at the horizon, I'm out hunting green splashes. The splashes happen much more often than the flashes! Now, I'll tell you, I tend to be a slow shutter guy. I like to turn water into flat fuzzy colors using a filters to trick the shutter into thinking it is night time. So, when I'm at the coast, my primary camera has a super wide (20mm) lens on it with at least a 3 stop filter and more than likely a 7 stopper! Somewhere between the 3 and the 7 is where the time is best. The 3 might allow for the shutter to stay open a full second while the 7 might make it 15 seconds or more. It's why I take two cameras with me whenever I go. The other camera has a telephoto on it with no filters and the settings are all pushed to pick up high speed action. That action might be a surfer a quarter mile away, birds flying by or the proverbial wave splash!

 

 

So there I was with such a moment at hand to capture the Green Splash. The sunset was not happening. So I looked to my right and saw the waves and splashes happening. I brought out the "big gun" and went to work trying to capture the splash that would come large about every 10th wave. I've found the best way to insure a good image of a wave splash requires a tripod for stability and the shutter set to high speed image capture. I dont know the specs but my camera can easily take 6-10 photos of a single wave if I start just before it begins its splash sequence. It then becomes up to the wave to be great or a dud. This one was perfect and I really like the way I could frame the wave that produced it. Then there was the bonus of the sunset shining on the far shore that I hadn't counted on but was overjoyed to include in the image. If I had to stop, remove the lens, put another lens on and go through the settings which are basically opposite of each other I probably would not have gotten this wave or that sunset light on the shore!

I have, literally, thousands of impressive coastal images. It can be excruciating to decide which one gets to make its debut in my gallery. That's why this photo, above, has come to you as nearly as a divine intervention can be. I was looking through my catalogs for another photo a collector had asked about. This photo came into view and I felt compelled to do something about it right then and there. I remember this photo session vividly as it was chilly and windy. The only redeeming feature was the low tide. I snapped about 100 images in a 10 minute period of shooting the splash and wave combination. The sun against the far shore was only bright in about 5 of them. This was the one with the splash at its peak! Gravity was already pulling most of it back to the sea.

 

 

 

I'd like to think I am as passionate about music as I am about art.. About 20 years ago, my father asked me if I had heard of a band called Chambao. Thus began a decades long love affair with La Mari and the remarkable people she gathered from her region of Malaga in Spain to make what, at that time was known as "chill." Dad had found them on some radio station while we were on a sailing adventure around the Baleric Islands and we couldn't get enough of them! I think I've already highlighted them in a previous blog. But here they are again to perform "Drawing in Air". The words, i';ve translated for you below to help you capture the overall vibe of what is going on in this song. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and you begin your own journey discovering the deep catalog of music they have made.

Drawing in Air

That I prefer to surrender to the illusion
And what I believe I defend firmly
Without stories that make my mattress bulge
And if one day I feel transformed
And I decide to reorient the direction
I will take a new course without prejudices
Because evolution is in change
Evolution, in change is evolution
Evolution, in change is evolution
May my path be illuminated
And the blackness does not cloud my heart
Discernment when choosing between the fruits
Decision to go up another step
Live from the present to the future
Keep the past in the chest
Work for the change of consciousness
Draw a song in the air
A song, in the air a song
A song, in the air a song
I no longer want to live with fears
That I prefer to surrender to the illusion
And what I believe I defend firmly
Without stories that make my mattress bulge
And if one day I feel transformed
And I decide to reorient the direction
I will take a new course without prejudices
Because evolution is in change
May my path be illuminated
And the blackness does not cloud my heart
Discernment when choosing between the fruits
Decision to go up another step
Live from the present to the future
Keep the past in the chest
Work for the change of consciousness
Draw a song in the air
A song, in the air a song