It was a crisp, beautiful autumn morning last Sunday as I pulled into Aiken State Natural Area. At the end of the drive was Cabin Lake. I pulled over and unloaded my kayak, grabbed my gear and headed out. The lake is not very large, but offered plenty of beautiful scenery and I sat for a while just taking it all in. I paddled to the near end of the lake where some old Wood Duck boxes were hanging on for dear life. The Wood Duck boxes really caught my eye and as the sun peaked out from behind some clouds, I leveled my camera and grabbed several shots, then toured the rest of the lake. It was a short paddle, but I was grateful to be on the water on this cool morning. I pulled out, loaded my boat and packed my gear back into the jeep, then grabbed my coffee and sat down by the lake, enjoying the peace and stillness of the morning.
When I shoot in the field, I aim to create a finished product in camera. Sometimes things don’t work out the way that I planned. As I was sifting through images from the day, I saw a couple images whose composition I liked, but the images weren’t very sharp. The next second later, I immediately saw the images from a different perspective. I loaded both images in Photoshop and finished creating the images that they were meant to be. Sometimes paintings capture beauty in a way a photograph cannot.