Beyond the Darkness

by Tim Rogers March. 15, 2017 983 views

The dark can be pretty scary. Your average tail of terror doesn't exactly begin with the words "it was a bright and 

sunny day" whereas as "it was a dark and stormy night" is pretty popular. It's obvious that darkness is associated with the unknown and the unknown is spooky to most of us. I know as a kid being sent to the other end of the house to fetch something and having the lights off was borderline terrifying. Gradually I grew out of the irrational fear or ghosts and monsters but I do still understand the fear of the dark and what might lie within.

So that brings me to my last little photo effort from my hotel in Fiji. The work portion of the trip is still in full swing and it's not going well. During the day I am at the hotel a fair amount and it's a lovely view. But it's also a jealously guarded view. After dark the water seems to become its most tranquil & the two islands across the bay their most photogenic. But with only the ocean behind and the moon over my shoulder, it's hard to make out the islands or the few boats that moor in the vicinity. These pics were shot in complete darkness, around midnight, to add a little extra degree of difficulty. It took a few shots just to get them in the lens. 

Taking these photos was a bit of a leap in faith. It was dark but you had to think about the beautiful tropical images that the dark was covering. Beyond the darkness was a mixture of fast moving cloud, stars, boats, reflective water and two fantastic islands. The one out of the picture, cheerily called Mosquito Island is...well...not for me. 

The darkness can be spooky and the unknown can be frightening. But sometimes through the darkness is something beautiful and fulfilling. It takes some patience and faith and sometimes (and not in this case) to uncover the beauty that's shrouded but waiting to be found.


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Helen Hooker 4 years, 4 months ago

Stunning images - great use of long exposures.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 4 months ago

Hard to believe these beautiful images were taken in the dark! Wow! How long were your exposures, etc! Great job and, as always, love your descriptions , observations & philosophic musings! Bravo!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 4 months ago

30sec I think, didn't have the cable release on me so had to bump up the ISO to 1000 or 1250.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! I wish PB would give the exif data with the posts, as they used to do. It's a great learning tool, especially for beginners, like me....

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 4 months ago

Agreed

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 4 months ago

I'll remind Ram & Ben, again.....

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

Serenity comes to my mind

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

Great word for it

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