Saturday, 14 January 2012

Crawling 'round the harbour


There was a regularity to his arm movement: over, down, through, push. Keep the flutter kick going. And a random breath every so many strokes goes down a treat, too.

To the victor, the physical accomplishment; to the viewer, the mesmerised meditation upon life. People watching is balm for the soul.

This is a Weekend Reflections contributiom.

27 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice Julie.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm with you on that one Julie, people watching is one of the joys of life! If I was watching that guy swimming here in Perth, I'd also be looking behind and around him, and desperately hoping to not see a shark fin, we seem to have had so many sightings just off the beaches this year already. It's definitely enough to put me off going in!!

Jo said...

first thing I thought about was a shark...

biebkriebels said...

He is swimming so alone, glad you kept an eye on him.

Gemma Wiseman said...

What a capture! Instantly I thought of "One Hand Clapping"! The arm shape has a determined sense of progress!

Julie said...

Gemma: this image had me betwixt and between. I could have gone with the eerie shark music; or I could have gone with the Stevie Smith 'not waving but drowning'. The 'one hand clapping' was a longer shot, not being one for Zen koans. However, I am forever mesmerised by what distance does to sound, eg a busy city viewed from Watsons Bay. I know there is action, and noise, and smell there. But I cannot hear it. My phsychological bent is NOT to immediately plump for the futility of actions like 'one hand clapping'. Otherwise, it would just send me off the emotional deep-end.

NixBlog said...

Great capture, Julie. I am liking the square format you are posting in, especially with the good composition you achieve. Are you cropping your photos or are you the proud owner of a Hasselblad? ;-)

jennyfreckles said...

Half the fun of this image is the links one's mind makes. I thought "Loch Ness Monster"! And then, yes, "not waving but drowning" - glad he wasn't.

TheChieftess said...

No snow outside, but still cold...this gave me the shivers!!! And yet I know you are in your summer!!! I'm envious!!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Not sure what I like more...the photo or the comments, Julie!...:)JP

Emma Dalloway said...

Great shot, great lighting

Kay L. Davies said...

He's probably in training for a triathlon or an Iron Man tournament or something. Good for him. My husband swims like that, no recreationally paddling about the way I do, not for him.
Sorry to be so late commenting. The day just got away from me. We're contemplating a kitchen remodel, and I'm in charge of research. I was so happy to read about Kirsten's surgery going so well. Terrible, though, that she reacts badly to the pain meds.
Warmest thoughts to all of you,
K

Ann said...

Must admit I thought shark too, with that light. Love the colouring.

Woody said...

A brilliant composition, I love how you've captured him reaching towards the post.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

great observation by you capturing this swimmer and his expertise; lovely photograph. A lovely scene.

diane b said...

I'm glad you didn't have to witness a shark attack. He's either a champ or mad.

Zyzzyz said...

Letting the sun paint the white finish line - good thinking there.

Joe said...

Great colour in this photo. I like the contrast of the grey in the sky and sea with the gold in the sand. The reflected finish line is a nice touch.

Julie said...

Nix: No hassleblad ... I crop to a preset called 'CD cover'. I quite like it every-so-often.

Jim said...

I like the juxtaposition to the shore.

namaki said...

no shark around ? This is a very good catch !

CaT said...

how i love swimming... i totally feel how it is going..... i could do it for hours! (but i prefer a swimming pool.. :))

Karen said...

What a fantastic capture. A great composition, beautiful lighting, and a very interesting setting.

Island Rambles Blog said...

such an unusual shot...no one would be able to swim in our harbour!!!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Was down at Bondi Beach the other night and it is a mecca for people watching. I don't do much of it here in the mountains, unless I head for one of the tourist spots.

awarewriter said...

Great timing Julie. That arm does it all.

Julie said...

Took me forever to get the arm like that. I could not wait until I had seen it, my finger/camera was not fast enough. I had to get into his rhythm and guess when he was going to break the surface. Digital is my friend.