Right Place, Right Time Photo Ops #4

#4 in a series of occasional posts on photography.

As a photographer, I rarely take photographs with humans in them, unless I’m doing a wedding or other event. If the photo is primarily of a non-human subject – landscape, building, art, animal, etc – I feel the presence of a human in the photo detracts from the main subject. For me to photograph a person there has to be something very special – an interesting face like the weathered wrinkles of a farmer or old Native American Indian chief, an emotion filled facial expression or what they are wearing or doing that tells a story and compels me to capture that moment.

While I was on Sand Beach at Acadia National Park in Maine, I happened to notice a little Asian boy who seemed to be contemplating whether to wade into the water. He may or may not have known how cold the water was that October day. He kept “flirting” with the small waves. As each wave came up, he would pause, concentrate on the water, then at the last second jump back out of the way.  For the next few minutes, I watched him through my lens. Would he or wouldn’t he? Sure enough, the moment came when he was unable to avoid the waves. The result was kind of cross between the Karate Kid and a little boy just being a kid.

Flirting with the waves at Sand Beach.

About J. Matlock, Director of Fantasies

Jeanette's wanderlust started as an Air Force brat crisscrossing the US visiting almost every state. Writing has always been a part of her life. While earning a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida, Jeanette found photography was the perfect compliment to writing. She is always on the outlook for what she calls "Right Time, Right Place" photographs that capture a once-in-a- lifetime moment. Her adult travels have taken her to Scotland, England, France, Switzerland and all over the US and she continues to crave going to places to experience adventure, great food and lifestyles. She has written travel journals for the web site IGOUGO.com to share her experiences to guide and encourage other travelers. Her descriptive writing style makes one feel as if they are there sharing the experience. Her love of writing is based on this simple truth: "When I am writing, I know that I am doing the thing I was born to do." (Anne Sexton).
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