Weekly Photo Challenge – Split-second story

Second time is a charm since my first post deleted when I pressed “save draft” go figure!

This week’s photo challenge is a real challenge considering I love landscape photography sans the people with no real story to tell other than the beauty of the landscape.

I did have one photo that I took whilst in Sydney at Easter, of a lady sitting quietly in thought beside the famously iconic Bondi Icebergs pool. She was looking out to sea and was quite “still” amongst all the activity of other swimmers around her busily doing laps. She was obviously taking a break. I am not one to comfortably take photos of people, landscapes don’t mind if you do, but people might. I took this picture with a zoom lens which was a little easier being further away and not so intimidating but I did feel somewhat voyeuristic in intent! A few seconds after I quickly reached for my camera and took the picture she was up and gone. Did she feel spied upon… I hope not!

This leads me to my 3 second rule. Some people have this rule for food that has fallen to the ground and if they pick it up within 3 seconds its okay (fact or fallacy??) but for me its all to do with photography, especially MY photography. When I see what I think is a great shot I literally have to get the camera out, focus, adjust settings and take the picture within 3 seconds or else its all over red rover. The scene has been compromised, usually by people who, when entering my shot, decide to stay for very long periods of time, mostly until I have decided I cant wait any longer and then I walk away in disgust. Happens a lot, so much so that my friends and family know of my rule and see it in action repeatedly. Does this only happen to me? So I must have the camera around my neck and ready to go at all times.

Its not my best shot and from a photo-journal point of view a better shot would have been from the sea looking at the lady and her facial expressions instead of her side, face averted but I wasn’t about to swim out with my camera between my teeth to drown for a person shot…

I have stuck a few more photos of Bondi Beach into this post for good measure. If you are ever in Sydney go out to Bondi, its a quick bus ride, and say hello.

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  1. Interesting 3 second rule 🙂 I have the “take 3 shots at least rule”, so always end up with lots of deletions!


  2. Your blues are so blue! Amazing and very beautiful. I feel awkward taking photos of people too. I’m not sure how street photographers do it. This is a really unique pool. Does the ocean water splash up into it? Is it freezing cold as the name implies? Great post, as usual! 🙂


    • Thank you. I think the blue comes from the reflection off the white sand in the shallows. The Icebergs started 50 years ago when a few members would swim every day no matter how cold, since then I think the Club now has named the pool after them. It does get cold in winter and it would be pretty icy in. The pool is high up but I would imaging on a stormy day that the waves would crash over the pool. I love the contrast between the sea blue and the aquamarine of the pool.


  3. I like your three secind rule, and I guess I follow a similar method while shooting.

    I absolutely love this seriea, and think you nailed this weeks’s challenge perfectly. I’ll definitely have to visit someday.


  4. The colour of the water is so beautiful, nice photos!


  5. Karen, beautiful photos of such a stunning beach! Love your three second rule. Never really thought about it, but it really usually happens that way, doesn’t it :).


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