Thetis Lake, BC

Thetis Lake Vancouver Island BC

Normally when I take photos, I’m up so early that I have the place to myself. On this day I was there at dawn, but I wasn’t alone. There were a couple of women impressively swimming laps around the small island and then back to the shore. But even more unusual is what was going on just out of frame to the right. There was a very large and very naked Santa-like man bathing in the water. For some reason, he saw it necessary only to go into the water up to his ankles, choosing to splash water on himself in a disturbing series of bent-over lunges. Meanwhile, I’m trying to get in that peaceful, zen-like state needed to really take the perfect picture. In the end, the framing and timing of the shot had everything to do with waiting for the swimmers on the left and watching for the ever-encroaching nudist on the right. It’s sometimes tricky with such a wide lens, but I managed to get the shot. Soon the rain came, and they all quickly left and I managed to grab a much easier second take.

Thetis Lake Vancouver Island

These photos are another example for the “How Quickly Things Change” series. Taken about twenty minutes apart, the top one was just before it began to pour. And it was raining pretty solidly when I was taking the bottom one. I definitely prefer the rainy shot. My wife thinks the top one is better by a mile.
What do you think?

Thetis Lake is near Victoria, BC, on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Posted by cebrower » Posted on October 11, 2013 » Filed in Fine Art Photography » Link