Sunday, September 4, 2011

2011, Day 247 - Mending

I often wonder at the patience people exhibit in performing what seems like a mindless task such as mending nets.  There is so much else to do that is more interesting and I suspect that fixing a net requires skill and undivided attention.  While I can appreciate the importance and that it may mean the difference between eating and going hungry that kind of patience eludes me.  But then, while in Thailand, I see the scene below; the fisherman is sitting on his deck above the canal with his feet dangling over the end, listening to the water lap against the supports and the distant buzz of insects in the background.  It seems like an ideal task to while away a warm afternoon because it requires focus but not a lot of exertion.

In some ways people probably think about spending hours working on a single image and think that is a tedious task.  Maybe it is, I often wish my images were ready to display straight out of the camera, but there is great satisfaction in the final image when your expectations are met and the scene you envisioned is what you're sharing with people.  There is a lot of pride in a job well done.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 24-70/f2.8L
70mm, f4, 1/400 sec @ 400 ISO

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