the swimmer

Sydney June 2013

One man, taking on the elements on a cold winter’s afternoon. But enough about me πŸ™‚ .

This man appeared at the bathing pool and stood still for a moment, looking out to the horizon. It was a nice scene with the still mirror like surface of the pool against the ocean in the background. I was fortunate to take the photo when I did. A couple of seconds later, a second swimmer entered the pool on the far right and disturbed the surface of the water.

This is the same rockpool that I’ve photographed before in:
Don’t fence me in
The sea was angry that day my friends

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The Swimmer


59 thoughts on “The Swimmer

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  2. JL Kenney says:

    I had only not seen this shot of your rockpool – very cool! I wonder why it is fenced? (I also wonder why men wear speedos – a little mystery is a good thing ;))

    • I guess the fence is something to hold onto if you want to walk around but don’t want to fall in (just in case).

      Regarding speedos – no accounting for good taste or common sense. “Budgie smugglers” always seem popular with those who shouldn’t be wearing them. (google is your friend if you’re unfamiliar with this slang term). πŸ™‚

  3. M. R. says:

    I do wonder why so many excellent photographers PhotoShop water … It’s a dead giveaway,but it happens almost all the time. WHY?! Why did you, in the above photo? Sighh … Not wanting to sound like a whinger, because your work is terrific. And that’s why I hate PhotoShop: it interferes.

    • It’s a matter of vision and taste. This photo was taken on a cloudy afternoon in late Winter and the light was fading. The raw image was dull and lifeless. So I made the decision to be more artistic with this photo to bring out the detail and contrasts. One has to have a vision as to how a photo should end up looking before publishing.

      Post processing has always been an intricate part of photography. In the days of chemicals one would dodge and burn using time and chemicals. Now we dodge and burn using a computer. I would never ever publish an image without reviewing and editing it – to me, that would be lazy. I may as well just sell my camera and only photograph using an iPhone or iPad if I wanted to go that way, although iPhone editing is big these days too. Just my thoughts.

  4. M. R. says:

    Thank you for being so willing to explain! My husband was a stills photog. on film crew and, of course, loved all photography – especially B&W. And he was also a bloke who believed in the photog.’s right to work on his images (used to removed all cables from shots of Italian towns, just as an e.g., defending his right to NOT see what he didn’t want to). Dodging? – he loved to bring out the colour of flowers on a climber -and would always do that where I’d taken a shot. He was a kind and lovely man. And btw, I really do think your work is ace!

  5. πŸ˜† that first sentence cracked me up – this is perfect for mirror image, but I will still wait for the post where you will include a b&w just for me :). This photo is splendid!!!

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