Hot rocks

Warm Summer eveningI have just returned from bicycle land (The Netherlands) with two and half thousand pictures. I would like to say a big thank you to my friend Paula Graham for her hospitality and local knowledge making it a very successful trip.

Last Thursday evening in the the Netherlands was very warm and this shot was taken at Schevengen harbour at around 7.30 pm. As you can see from the picture called “hot rocks” the harbour lights are on as well as the street lighting and there are still people in bikinis and swimming trunks.

I just liked the Cartier-Bresson like nature of this little group of boys, like salamanders on a warm rock soaking up the last of the warmth from the sun.

For me what makes this picture is the lighting if this was taken three hours earlier it would have been highly contrasty and would have been nowhere near as atmospheric. So a little tip, at that time of crossover lighting when it is neither day nor night is very useful for atmospheric pictures.

The role of the photographer is to know where to stand and when to press the button.

The big hello to all the new followers on my little blog while I been in bicycle land.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

3 responses to Hot rocks

  1. LensScaper says:

    The rocks provide a very effective cradling. My eye is drawn to the left of the picture where what I think I see is a couple at a picnic table. Wherever one looks in this shot there is something to view – I can’t say ‘happening’ because the beauty is that nothing is actually happening. It’s that calm tranquility matched by the mirror of water. Lovely, Andy


  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes, as Andy says, beautiful, calm stuff, Andy – and very good advice about being out at the times of crossover lighting – which I rarely seem to do! Adrian


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