End of the Holidays

Moody Waters
Moody Waters | Luzern | 2016

All around, no flowers in bloom
Nor maple leaves in glare,
A solitary fisherman’s hut alone
On the twilight shore
Of this autumn eve.

Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241)

This morning I read this beautiful, almost nine hundred years old Japanese poem in the (most interesting) book “Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers”. And somehow it reflects the mood of this day at the very end of our two week Christmas break. Tomorrow it is back to the job that pays the bills.

I took the photo on a gloomy day at Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. I wanted to capture the motion of the dark, fast moving clouds, so I dialed in the lowest native ISO on my PEN-F, the narrowest aperture (f/22), with resulted in a shutter speed of 56 seconds. Obviously, the cam was sitting on a tripod. It resulted in a kind of Zen-ish image, a creative genre of photography that I want to explore a bit more this year besides my usual street work.

Have a great Sunday!


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  1. Really beautiful Marcus and it also has a lovely calming feel to it, ha ha that might just be me 🙂 Have a great week, Lynne

  2. There seems to be an invitation to pause within this image as well as an encouragement to return. Am I “feeling” the 56 seconds…to open up, remain, and be silently still for 56 seconds? Ah…an image of contemplation. _()_

  3. Hi Marcus, thanks for posting the link to the Daidō Moriyama video yesterday. I found it very inspiring and was later up most of the night taking photographs!

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