liberation from time

September 24, 2014

 

... Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and future are abstractions without any concrete reality. 

               ~ from Alan Watts, The Way of Zen

 

 

 

 

One wave of many colors and sections flowing with constant movement. Each wave different, yet each wave is the same.

Ocean.

Wind.

Light.

Dependent on the other. 

 

 

 

 

Emotions are the energies of our mental states. Like waves, they appear when conditions ripen, and flow through us until they break.

We are not the emotions, just as we are not the feelings they bring. 

Watch them pass like waves hitting the rocks, and be the calm seas.

The period in the swell. 

 

 

 

 

I enjoy seeing the colors of a location change. The light and shadows move as if they were playing a game. This is one of the most interesting facets of photography. For this reason, I often don't move around that much after I arrive at a location and begin shooting. Usually, I don't feel the need or desire to pick up the tripod and move up the beach 100 yards or back up the trail 50 feet. Sometimes I'll shift the perspective, but most of the time I am content just to view the scene from where I first chose. Maybe I feel that this helps me appreciate the changes in light and color more than if I were constantly adjusting my location throughout the shoot. Sometimes I find the variety of light is more interesting than variety of subject. Take the two vertical shots above. They are nearly identical, but the shadow created by the breaking wave in the second image makes it completely different (to me, at least) from the image that proceeds it. That little diagonal shift is just awesome! 

 

All photos in this blog were taken at Ke'e Beach on Kauai's north shore. The first couple were taken with a 70-200/2.8 and the last few with a 24-70/2.8.

As always, thanks for visiting. 

Mahalo and aloha!

lee