Water Colors

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, August 5, 2010

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters’ Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.”

– Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

On a recent trip to Maine, our roaming photographer captured a sea kayak pushing off the coast of Camden.

A mid-morning summer sun transformed the New England harbor into a shifting, massive mirror pool.

Our photographer framed the photo to allow for contemplation. The paddle leads one into the ripples and reflections of the vast, stirring water. Rich tones were added later in Photoshop through a saturation effect.

Like the immense story of the ocean, the deep colors and cool contours give the viewer pause for reflection. The surface of the sea only tells a portion of the story within, and a photo only reveals an instant of the process a photographer puts into a calculated image.

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