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Thirty Minutes

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  • An image came to mind some time ago.

    I was in the middle of a two day drive, miles from the ocean, when an image appeared and simply wouldn't go away.
    I spent the last few months planning, upgrading my underwater gear and waiting until the weather was right until I tried to capture it.

    On sunset I waded into the ocean, steadied the tripod, held my breath while pressing the shutter and thirty seconds later an image appeared on the screen.

    I hated it.

    It was so close to what I had been imagining I was surprised, but it was boring to shoot - and I was already bored of looking at it.
    Defeated, I walked to the shallows, holding the tripod in a way that the underwater housing was upside down bouncing while I walked. I mindlessly pressed the shutter button - a silent protest to what the tripod represented - and the resulting image was more interesting to me than what I had set out to capture.
    Thirty minutes after the sun sets.