A year ago (or so), we were in Mauritius. And thus, when I was looking for a quota photo to put onto the site for what is promised to be a rather damp day in Agulhas, I thought I’d take a trip back there via Flickr.
This – the Mighty Servant 3 – was one of the large vessels sitting on the anchorage off Port Louis which we passed as we headed south to see and swim with the dolphins at the improbably named bay of Flic-en-Flac.
I don’t pretend to be a photo ninja. I can point, and I can shoot, and sometimes the results can be pretty good. Very occasionally, they can be startlingly good, but only very occasionally. I need to work more at not just pointing and shooting to increase the percentage of those startlingly good shots. We’ll get there.
There are different reasons people (I) take photographs. Sure, sometimes you want to make art with light. To make that happen well, you need to have done the work I mentioned above. Most of the time you just want to record a scene or a moment so that you can review it in detail or trigger a memory later on. For the most part, that’s the reason I was taking photographs in Mauritius. So maybe it’s no huge surprise that there were none of the nearly 100 I have uploaded onto Flickr that I think made it into the “startlingly good” category. That’s not to say that they are all rubbish though. Some are pretty good, and all of them perform admirably at some level of recording scenes or moments and will, I hope, trigger those memories when the time comes for them to require triggering.
This was a shot that was made inadvertently better by the sudden departure of the subject, mid-snap. He’s a red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) and he was (as you can probably see) resting on the back of some patio furniture when I decided to take his photo. Given that the shutter speed was 1/60 second (0.0167 seconds), you can see just how quickly a red-whiskered bulbul can leave the back of some patio furniture if needs be. I like the ghostly effect of the translucent wings and tail feathers.
If you want to have a look at the photos from the holiday (probably not, having just read how I described them), you can. The album – featuring dolphins, sunsets, mountains, beach scenes, and some fantabulous architecture and towel art – is right here for your perusal.
Oh, and the video I mentioned in the post title? Maybe tomorrow, accompanied by some equally powerful disclaimers.
There are many good things about where I am right now. Geographically, I mean. (Mentally, things aren’t too bad, but it’s still a bit busy up there.)
But I digress. Often. (That’s one of the symptoms.)
One thing that is a bit sketchy here is the internet. It’s not fast and it doesn’t always work. That might not seem like a big problem, and that’s because it’s not a big problem, but for me, internet access is important because I read the internet like other people read books around the pool. (Obviously, also, there’s blogging to be done.)
And when I’m not around the pool, I’m on the beach (above) or snorkeling on the reef or getting better at archery (admittedly from a rather low starting point) or something else.
But it’s nice to have the internet to fall back on when you want to catch up or share photos with friends and family. When it’s not available, I have to occupy my hands with holding a beer.