As an artist and one who draws from daily life to find inspiration, I find that creativity ebbs and flows like the tide. Something that inspires me today, might not seem all that spectacular tomorrow. I might see something with an eye open to beauty and then, after a rough day, I might not be able to see beauty anywhere. Perspective, attitude, place and time all play a role in how we view a subject or a place. Sometimes we can plan for inspiration and other times it just knocks you back like a strong wind.
Lately, my health has had a significant impact on productivity and inspiration. Over the past two years, life has been a battle between the good days and the bad. Pain, exhaustion, and emotional emptiness leave little left for inspiration let alone the energy to even get out of bed to find it. A catch 22 at times, my creativity requires energy that I just don't have most days; yet pushing myself to go shoot, even while feeling terrible, has positive effects on how I feel.
Right now my tide is high, as medications start to kick in and my change in diet starts to prove beneficial. I am taking every advantage of this renewed energy by planning as many shoots, workshops and photography opportunities as possible. In my sea, the tide could drain away from shore with no warning, so I must really live in the moment.
This morning, I planned to wake up early to capture the sunrise near Tom Stuart Causeway, where sailboats anchor in the bay and herons fish near the shore. I grabbed my trusty tripod, my 9 stop Hoya ND filter and my pancake lens and went on my way. I never know what the sky will look like, only that the colors are brightest around 30 minutes before sunrise or after sunset. My goal was to see how long of an exposure I could get as I am in the market for a new filter that will allow me to take even longer exposures.
Here are the shots I got, final post processing done in Adobe Camera Raw & PS CC.
40 second exposure
41 second exposure
Anyone who knows me knows that the color Purple speaks volumes to me. As irony would have it, purple is the color for Lupus awareness and May is Lupus awareness month. I'm going to dedicate these images to all my Lupus Warriors out there who not only deal with Lupus, but many other overlapping autoimmune illnesses. Click on the link to learn more and please, make time this month to get to #knowlupus so that we can have a future with #nolupus.