A busy silence
There’s no way Merandi Millard of Port Owen could let the early morning pastel colours pass without capturing it.
“I took this photo at Saldanha Bay early one morning. We slept that night on a boat that was moored in the harbour. The morning when I got up, I saw the reflection of the boats in the water, and the extraordinary colours were so beautiful I just had to capture it.”
As with Ivan and Flooris’s photographs, the reflections in Merandi’s photo also emphasise what’s important. It looks almost as if the masts stitch together the reflection and the upper part. Even though you see a lot of boats, your eye knows where to look: it goes up and down from the side, mast to mast. You could compare it to the seismic lines on the Richter scale – an element that gives the “quiet” picture life.
You’d think the land behind the masts would be disturbing as it draws a wide stripe through them, but it is a lighter shade than the masts that actually adds depth to the image.
You could make the shadow sections even darker if you wanted to kick things up a notch, which, in turn, would brighten the colours.
Samsung Galaxy A5; 3,69 mm lens (28 mm in 35 mm format); f2.
Samsung S9 Plus; 4,2 mm (26 mm in 35 mm format); 1/25 of a second; f1,7; ISO 250.