Wednesday, August 19, 2009

108 - Patience


Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 20mm, iso50, 20 sec at f/16.0, +CPL

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

This image was one of a very many 20 second exposures, no special lightning capture equipment just patience.

8 comments:

Marka said...

Wonderful photograph and well-chosen quote! While I do not agree with his political views, he certainly has some good advice on occasion.

J. L. T. said...

Wonderful picture! What a story is telling there! Love the bird, it could be out of stone und the water could be an ice-sea. W.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l. Sunny greetings

kevin said...

Love the whole composition - like the crop factor or is it a panoramic stitch?

Mike H said...

Marka, Thanks for your many comments.

J.L.T. You are wonderful, your work is wonderful, thanks sooooo much

Kevin, Thanks, not a stitch, just to much sky and water for my taste.

Anna said...

Mike so so true about patience. This is surreal image, the lightning adds a nice effect. Thanks for sharing. Anna :)

TJ Avery said...

Very nice, Mike. I love the calm and subdued light. The mood is serene.

I like the pano crop. I think it works very well. The elements left in the frame are very nicely balanced. I like how the lightning bolt is next to the dark landform - the contrast is perfect and makes a great focal point for the photo.

The man-made stuff in the left side works very well too, and provides interest and balance to the scene.

Anyway, great job here! I'd love to see this printed out large, like 12x36".

Deb said...

patience is a good thing... love the softest blue hues within this. I have missed making the rounds to see everyone's work.

nick@nickaldridge.co.za said...

hi mike,
i was researching 'svadhyaya'for the written part of my yoga teachers training course when i came to your blog.
for the first time in my life i am finding words for ideas and processes that i have struggled with for years.
i find myself growing and connecting in strange, non-linear ways. and trusting those connections.
thanks for the beautiful thoughtful images, and insightful quotes.

namaste,
nick


i really love this picture.