Blue water fills the harbor in Nassau, Bahamas, with a lighthouse and the Atlantis resort in the distance.
Yes, I have shared photos of this lighthouse before (here and here, if you missed them or want to see them again) from our cruise on the Disney Dream last summer. But each view has been a little different, both in terms of perspective and overall look. The view is a little different each time because each was taken either from a different deck of the ship or from a different position in the harbor, each time creating a different look. And besides that, each photo has been given a different look because of the different processing I used at the time.
This time around, the main focus of the photo, at least for me, is the blue water being churned by the moving ship as we sail out of the harbor and into the open sea. I liked all the different colors of the water visible here, from the dark blues to the light blues, and even a little bit of brown when there are rocks under the shallower water.
All of that reminds me of how we can see things differently. And by “things,” I mean events, situations, feelings, and so on. I may see things differently than you see things. Or at different times, I may see the same thing in different ways, depending on what perspective I am seeing it from. And just as there is no one right way to photograph a lighthouse, often times there isn’t one right way to see a situation. That’s not to say that some things aren’t always right or always wrong. But rather, it says that sometimes there is more than one perspective to things.
And it is important to remember that the way that you see things isn’t always the way that others see things. The trick is sometimes figuring out which one is the right way, if there is a right way. But remembering that there are different ways of looking at things can sometimes help you to keep a level head when something comes up. Take a moment to try to see things from the other perspective. Even if your way ends up being the right way, it helps to know why the other person is seeing it the way that he is. It might even help the two of you to reason with each other.
I bet you didn’t come here expecting a life lesson while looking at this photo. But you got one anyway. Free of charge!
For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. - Romans 12:3
About the photo:
Like the previous photo of the Watchtower at Natchez Trace, this photo continues my new trend of bold processing. This time around, I wanted to really accentuate the water, as well as the clouds in the sky. I think this pulls off well the look that I was going for. I like how it picks up the small whitecaps on the blue water, showing the surges created by the ship’s propellers.
Here once again is a before and after look, although this time the after is on the left and the before is on the right, which I guess would make it an after and before look:
This shows just how much of a dramatic difference the processing made here. It almost looks like two different photos, doesn’t it? Thanks to the Google Nik Filters in Photoshop for all of their hard work here.
Also, you might notice in the before side (that’s the right side), that there is a green buoy at the lower right. I used Photoshop’s handy Content Aware filter to quickly remove that, because I thought it was a little distracting to the overall photo. Photoshop handily covered it over with more waves, and it did it so well that you wouldn’t have noticed that something was there if I hadn’t pointed it out to you.
Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8
Date: June 3, 2015
Location: Nassau, Bahamas