I had the joy over the weekend of working till Sunday 3pm. I didn't want to, who does, but things had to be done. But once I was finished I new I needed to kiss the desk and the computer good bye (I actually gave them the finger over my shoulder as I walked out the door but anyway) and get out and see more of this beautiful country.
The airport is about 50km from the capital city and the point where the islands of Upolu & Savai'i are closest together. Two smaller islands lie between. The sun sets basically between these two & the water was quite still even though the cloud was a little thick. I found a spot to take a shot but got there a little early and had some time to set up and look around. I found two traditional fishing boats and a fantastic little beach. Further down an aluminium dinghy and a more modern boat wore moored. I'd found a little slice of heaven.
After about 3min the local kids found me. Three brothers from across the road came and joined me on the beach. English is spoken to varying degrees in rural Samoa but I was lucky to get three kids who spoke quite well. We chatted for a while and as I waited for the right light, I let the kids use the touch screen to take photos. We spoke about their school, their home, whether they fish off the beach, where they swim; many things.
When the light hit a reasonable level I got the kids to jump in front of the camera. Having never seen a DSLR & not being familiar with long exposure, getting the kids to stay still for 2.5sec proved impossible. Despite the motion blur they formed great little silhouette's in front of the incredible Samoan sunset. After a few more shots the kids walked me up to what turned out to be their uncles boats to get a few more pics. The boats replaced the kids in giving me motion blur I wasn't looking for.
The kids and I exchanged about 100 high fives, fist bumps and hand shakes before I headed home. I made a note of the house they headed back to. A copy of the pic will be showing up there one day. And I still haven't got THE Samoan Sunset photo. But it's coming. In the meantime I'll keep enjoying the journey & the little legends I meet on the way.