“Spring breezes roll across land and water, touching and refreshing everything in their path.” – Ed Lehming
There is a freshness and vitality to spring breezes, they feel like they carry life itself in their warming caress. The wind creates change, movement, new life itself. I wanted to convey this vitality through an image and felt it appropriate to use an intentional camera movement (ICM) technique that I have grown so fond of to achieve this.
This image was created using a long exposure and sweeping the camera horizontally, following the movement of the waves created by the western winds. The bright turquoise of the water is created by the sun shining through the shallow waters. The deep blue in the distance is where the sandbank drops off steeply, and the tans are from rocky outcroppings near the shore.
I made several of these images while standing on the shores of lake Ontario at Sandbanks Provincial Park, abut a ten minute drive from my Picton home this past weekend. COVIS has significantly limited travel to this region and I shared the scene with only a handful of people.
It was a great experience, watching the wind-swept waves rolling in to shore, creating small white-caps, a continuous play of water on water. Though the air and water were chilly there was a feeling of warmth created by the water. If I did not know the location, I would have guessed this was somewhere tropical. It brings back memories of my trip to Mexico over the past few years.
The effects of the wind also brought to mind that this churning refreshed the lake bottom just like it refreshes the land by churning the compacted forest litter to allow new growth to penetrate.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 64