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“Captivating” – The Story Behind the Image

October 14th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hi there

Every now and then I would like to include some background information behind some of the images we have captured for our photographic art.  To start with I am going to tell you a little about the day I took a photograph of Henderson Bay.  You will find this image in the photographic art link in the Portfolio menu.  It bears the caption:

“Captivating” – The closer you get the harder it is to leave

A good friend of mine and I went to Henderson Bay for a surf.  When we arrived the conditions were near perfect.  Good swell, light offshore wind and incoming tide.  My friend had only recently purchased a new 4WD so he was keen to try it out on the beach, and being excited to get closer to the surf it sounded like a great idea to me.

However, given that it is an isolated beach (no one around for miles) and we had surfed there many times over the years (in hindsight I recall often seeing the first time visitor stuck in the sand), we should have known better.  But with the “she’ll be right dude” attitude, down we went and what do you know, we got stuck in an area of real deep soft sand!  D’oh!!

We struggled for some time to get unstuck, but nothing seemed to be working.  We got back onto the harder sand, but despite a decent ‘run up’ we couldn’t seem to get past the soft stuff!  It was getting late in the afternoon by now and the surf was too good to ignore.  So we decided to leave the car there “captive” and get out in the surf, hoping that we might come up with a plan to get the car out.  My friend was a bit stressed, as anyone would be, but we caught our fair share of waves (with only the two of us out I might add) and it seemed to do the trick.

After our surf we decided to let some air out of the tyres (we had heard somewhere that that is supposed to give you more traction in soft sand).  With a little bit more effort we finally gained momentum and managed to get through the soft sand and climb up the steep and rough track back to a safe parking place.

While we were getting out of our wetsuits we had a good laugh about what had happened.  We reflected on the eventful day and although we were feeling rather embarrassed that we had got stuck in a 4WD, we were glad we came.

As I looked out at the beach below I couldn’t help but feel impressed with the pristine beauty of the area.  The sun was low in the sky and the shadows were getting longer.  There was a warm glow of light painting the surface of everything it reached, including the native flax bushes in front of the scene gently rustling in the offshore breeze.  A swell line that had travelled miles across the ocean had reached its final destination and was just forming a perfect wave as it hit the shore.

That was the moment I took the photograph and to this day it has remained a strong memory of an exciting and yet enjoyable trip.  Telling this story explains the twofold meaning behind the caption: “Captivating” – The closer you get the harder it is to leave.  Somehow it just seems appropriate.

Captivating - Henderson Bay (original photograph)

"Captivating" - Henderson Bay (original photograph)

This story highlights for us the value of capturing those special moments on camera.  The images captured become part of a permanent record that stimulates us to recall not only an event, but a period of time in our lives that holds special meaning.

We hope that we can help you to capture a lasting memory in your life, one that you can recall with fondness for years to come.

Until my next posting, take care.


  1. January 25th, 2010 at 07:41 | #1

    The author of http://www.minzeye.co.nz has written an excellent article. You have made your point and there is not much to argue about. It is like the following universal truth that you can not argue with: People who eat at hotel restaurants, don’t deserve to visit other countries Thanks for the info.

  2. February 7th, 2010 at 14:38 | #2

    Awesome, I did not know about this topic up to now. Thankz.

  3. February 21st, 2010 at 02:30 | #3

    Do you have copy writer for so good articles? If so please give me contacts, because this really rocks! 🙂

  4. February 22nd, 2010 at 11:19 | #4

    I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

  5. March 14th, 2010 at 13:39 | #5

    I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

  6. May 28th, 2010 at 17:48 | #6


    I have? Well thanks. . . . Ahhh, that’s good because I wasn’t looking for an argument. “Universal truth”?? It doesn’t even make sense on earth!!


    The Author

  7. May 28th, 2010 at 17:54 | #7

    Hi there

    I’m not surprised you did not know. As far as I’m aware you weren’t there – so how could you?? Anyway, pleased to share the story. . . . Hmmm . . . I have a strange feeling that you never read it though.



  8. May 28th, 2010 at 17:56 | #8


    Copy writer! Ha ha, that’s a good one. Would be happy to be your ‘copy writer’ if you wish. I’m not cheap though. 😉

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Kind regards


  9. May 28th, 2010 at 19:10 | #9


    I express my opinion and thought when people I like . . . really. And so I write the way you are liking. . . . Hee hee, now I’m just messing with ya! 😉

    Actually, there is not much of an opinion in that, just a story, but thanks for your comments. Given that I have 63 spam messages related to this blog I am thinking . . . should this be included? Please correct me if I am wrong.



  10. May 28th, 2010 at 20:31 | #10


    Ok ok, I know I’m kinda slow at times but you wrote the same thing as Bob from last month!?

    Is this a “standard” reply that is in a secret drop-down menu I don’t know about? Or could it be that my exquisite writing skills (yes, sarcasm) have in some bizarre way connected two long lost twins who think the same? . . . Hey, wouldn’t that be cool if it were true!! 🙂



  11. July 22nd, 2010 at 00:48 | #11

    Hi there
    Glad you “enjoy the environment” of WordPress bloggers. Truth is I’d rather be surfing, but that’s just me.
    Have fun!

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