Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

The beautiful scenery is there, but it cares not for pleasing composition or the quality of light at any moment in time. This is where the artist comes in, arranging in a frame the scattered elements into a story, anticipating and chasing the light, bringing it all together to create an evocative image capable of communicating the visual experience and impressing the grandeur of a fleeting moment on viewers for generations to come. – Guy Tal

I met these four people on the beach a couple of nights back. Not local, they were just visiting for the day. They were polite enough to ask if they would ruin my photograph by swimming near the lighthouse. In reality, they were, but thinking quickly I said no and then asked was it ok to photograph them whilst they were having fun.

An almost set sun, a red sky, in my mind I knew straight away that this was going to be a silhouette shot.

At this point the guy standing on the wall was going to dive in, but changed his mind when he realised how shallow the water was.

I managed to get several photographs and when they came back up the beach I was able to show them the results.

As a footnote to this these were the same people who got stuck on the beach when the car-park closed for the night.



21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

  1. Penelope June 10, 2013 / 16:42

    This is a great shot, love it. The single colour and people as shadows very artistic.


    • Mike Hardisty June 10, 2013 / 16:50

      Penelope, thank you for taking the time to comment. The single colour was achieved in photoshop but I felt it was necessary to show the silhouettes off to best advantage


      • Penelope June 10, 2013 / 21:42

        Great job, I loved it, there was just something about it.


  2. vanecktharien June 10, 2013 / 19:59

    One of those very special encounters in life…


    • Mike Hardisty June 10, 2013 / 22:25

      Normally I go to this beach and there’s no one there, so it was lucky to see them


  3. Naomi Baltuck June 10, 2013 / 20:11

    HI Mike, great capture. There is an otherworldly quality about this photo.


    • Mike Hardisty June 10, 2013 / 22:27

      I thought so as soon as I saw the photograph on the computer…


    • Mike Hardisty June 10, 2013 / 22:28

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you liked it…


  4. jenmonje June 11, 2013 / 00:06

    Fantastic shot!
    Btw, thanks for the pingback!


  5. petspeopleandlife June 12, 2013 / 00:05

    Really, really pretty in red and the people in the black. Strange young people but I am glad that the guy did not dive into shallow water. That would have killed him or ruined him for the rest of his life.


    • Mike Hardisty June 12, 2013 / 08:59

      Fortunately the girls talked him out of it


  6. Tina Schell June 13, 2013 / 02:40

    LOL, thanks for the link to the overnighter post Mike!!


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