“Tidal Runnel and Back Lit Clouds”

Canon Mark II 1DS Canon 17-40mm zoom @17mm ISO 100 f9.5@ 1/125th – from tripod – South Beach – Low Tide – Tybee Island, Ga.

I wanted to share two of the best pieces of information that have been passed onto me in the last few weeks.
To me both of them go together beautifully.

The first is found in this very short you tube video which is excerpted from a speech by famed philosopher Alan Watts.

The second is from Bronnie Ware who is a writer and songwriter from Australia who spent several years caring for dying people in their homes. She has recently released a full-length book titled ‘The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing’. It is a memoir of her own life and how it was transformed through the regrets of the dying people she cared for.

The five top regrets of the dying.
1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Thank you to Jill and Meg for sharing these thoughts with me!

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6 Responses to ““Tidal Runnel and Back Lit Clouds””

  • tonebytone says:

    “Twilight Solo” seems symmetrical to me, but really isn’t. However, this one seems definitely symmetrical! Had I been making this image, I probably would have aimed the lens more toward the right, putting the brightness and runnel in the left “sweet spot.” Is there a reason why you chose to frame the scene this way rather than the “standard” way of using the thirds?

    Even tho the over-all effect is of calmness, it seems to be the calm before the storm. It also leaves me with the feeling of being cold!


  • Craig says:

    Than k you for being here Flo and thank you for a great question…. I did shoot this scene several different ways and one of the shots involved framing that was more dynamically balanced. A big part of the reason for choosing this centered version is that it goes with the centering of the previous post. But there are other reasons I like this mostly symmetrical composition. Even though the main subject of the sun behind the cloud is centered there is quite a bit of dynamic movement in the tidal runnel itself. And the proportion of the two dark areas of beach on either side of the runnel is dynamically balanced for sure. Ultimately I like centering within a dynamic frame (rectangle) when the movement to the middle is very dynamic and the edges of the frame are very simple….Craig

  • wnor says:

    Wonderful thoughts on the Utube reference and certainly 5 great thoughts that dying people think of.

    I have no problem with the centered runnel in your image. I did compare this composition with the last image you posted and found that the two peaked my emotion similarly, although this shot is a little bit darker. The feeling I had here is one of freedom and gratitude of being alive and able to share such freedom visually. While looking at this image, I just want to take in a deep breath of fresh air and stand here forever.

  • Craig says:

    Thank you Wes for being here!….Craig

  • Markus says:

    Craig, thanks for the remainder about the really important things in life – better not waiting to start with it tomorrow.

    The images speaks very well to me, and while I can understand Flo’s opinion on it feeling a bit “cold”, for me the dynamics of the river flowing and the iuxtaposition of see and sky are much more dominant, and this way the coldness of the blue transforms for me into a powerful quietness.

  • Craig says:

    Hey Markus,

    Thank you for being here…. and thank you for the kind words of support…..Craig

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