White Caps and a fierce wind blowing straight up from the Antarctic, just two days ago at the mouth of the Werribee River. I thought the fisherman was intrepid enough, standing out there on the floating pontoon jetty as the waves lifted it up and down, but then his daughter came out to play and seemed not at all bothered by the conditions, despite her seemingly inappropriate clothing!
I had set out with Santo, Alfred, Steve, Klaudio and Klaudio's brother-in-law on Sunday, with Point Cook Wetlands as our destination. Finding it closed, we drove through market garden territory - fields of red earth planted out with cabbage and cauliflower - to the mouth of the Werribee River, a place none of us had seen before, despite being only 30km from Melbourne. The Spring squalls and light rain abated as evening loomed, and the light became good for photography despite the bitterly cold wind.
The Werribee River flows about 100 kilometres across a flat basalt plain into Port Phillip Bay. The first English explorers to find the river, Hume and Hovell in 1824, had decided to call it the Ex, but one of the indigenous men in the expedition- a Kulin tribesman - said that its aboriginal name was 'Weariby Yallock' (a 'yallock' being a stream), meaning 'spine' or 'backbone'. The spelling changed later.
For those interested in the map view I've placed the locator at the spot where the man was fishing. The patchwork of vegetable fields can be clearly seen. They are most likely irrigated by recycled water from the Werribee sewerage treatment works - the dark area on the map slightly south-west of the locator.
Higher resolution photo (1200 x 800 pixels) can be seen HERE
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daddo (27926) 2013-11-05 3:43
Hi Andrew. It was a memorable trip as always. Well timed shot not just for catching the action of the man (he seems to be conducting an orchestra) but also for catching the light cast by the infrequently visible sun. The blue sky is misleading considering the day we had. Regards. Klaudio.
snunney (106501) 2013-11-05 4:02
A shot that combines daily life with a bit of action. The wind is evident by the girl's hair and the man looks as if he is about to take off! Good colours and sharpness.
papagolf21 (109276) 2013-11-05 4:13
Bonjour, cher Andrew,
La pêche en mer demande concentration et technique éprouvée.
La prise de vue est fort bien rendue. Quant à la jeune fille, elle attend sagement une prise de qualité !
MuhanadY (144) 2013-11-05 4:27
colors and light looks very night but the most important thing in my view is the small girl, she is like waiting for her father to fish. the concept and the idea of the photo is great, TFS
SteveH (6405) 2013-11-05 13:48
Hi Andrew, Good to see you on the w/e. The little girls red clothes really grab attention, even before one is struck by the incongruity of them and the scene. I didn't know you could post higher res images - how do you do it?
saxo042 (37966) 2013-11-06 5:35
The man in white cap and the pole with white top are elegantly surrounding the eye-catching girl in red. There is a strong feeling of action in this capture.
holmertz (59118) 2013-11-06 10:50
This is a very likeable photo. I love the distinct features and clear colours. The black and white pole sort of resembles the fisherman's clothes. His daughter's bright colours make a terrific contrast to the greyish dominance, but I also love the many dark shades and white waves of the water.
Royaldevon (43375) 2013-11-07 6:28
Intrepid is a good word to describe and fisherman and the photographers! The conditions look windswept, and from your description, cold and windswept!
Your shot is a classic, using the rule of thirds, three features in your composition, a strongly positioned figure in red and with a good light to catch the top of the undulating sea.
The line of groynes adds depth to the shot.
My warm regards,
lousat (97569) 2013-11-07 14:37
Hi Andrew,the pic is so real that i can hear the wind on my face...ehehe...really great,i like the fisherman pose as a dancer and the wind effect on the water and on the girl hairs too,magnificent and different colors on the water.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jacquest (19047) 2013-11-08 3:48
I like the different layers of colors on the sea. The fisherman looks like a maestro directing an invisible orchestra. The little girl with her red coat must be used to those fishing sessions see her father with plenty of admiration. I like the concept of this quality image.
ChrisJ (117825) 2013-11-08 6:36
Well composed using the rule of thirds with excellent sharpness and density levels. I especially like the warm cold colour contrast between the girl in the hot red and pink attire and the blue sky and sort of blue water. Good graphism and it looks to be a windy day. Tfs!
ktanska (29265) 2013-11-12 12:43
No terrain in sight and white foaming water make this impressive. Nice fishing action. The girl with red coat and hair in the wind catches attention too.
adores (46363) 2013-11-17 14:54
I like this! We can almost feel the wind! I like a lot this sense of movement on the water, on the girl's hair, and even the man. A very good capture!
mjw364 (1466) 2013-11-19 11:42
Well I am glad you posted this shot and your note since I may well be joining you guys in Melbourne at some point next year. At least now I know that my veggies will be well fertilised!
Nice image with the girl in pink standing out against the darker colours providing an insistent point of interest for the eye.
tyro (26142) 2013-11-20 4:19
You have given us an interesting note and also a delightful photograph to accompany it.
I wonder just how many fish this fellow caught that day? It looks to me to be pretty squally. Your composition is excellent and there's lots of interest here - not just the little white caps on the rough water but also the keen actions of the fisherman and, of course, the bright red jacket of his daughter - I suspect she was frozen stiff!
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
batalay (40385) 2013-12-27 5:29
Your engaging essay complements the photo very effectively. I could feel the chill of the Antarctic wind, and the misery of the under-dressed child (I would like to see the father dipped into the water and tied against the pylon to dry in the wind.) I also felt the comaraderie of six photographeries.
Happy New Year, Andrew,
COSTANTINO (69636) 2014-01-22 13:37
interesting shot with the fisherman
standing out on the floating pontoon
jetty as the waves lifted it up and
down according to your description
the conditions look very difficult
its very cold because the wind
blows straight up from the Antarctic
nice shot the right timing
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (19806)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-03
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko MSC ED 14-150mm, Hoya Circular Polarizer 58mm
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-05 3:17