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firelight (Explore #1)

Wake me up, wake me up inside, I can't wake up,

Wake me up inside, save me,

Call my name and save me from the dark, wake me up

Bid my blood to run, I can't wake up

Before I come undone, save me

Save me from the nothing I've become


Bring me to life- Evanescence


If I’m photographing alone, I often listen to music as I work my way through the process of setting up and taking an image. For me, it’s a way of freeing my mind from any distractions. And as someone who’s plan for timing long exposures relies only on rough approximation, songs can also give a fairly good idea of when to close the shutter.


And so on this beautiful evening at Burnham as the setting sun cast a final golden salute to the day, I knew that I’d require 1.27 plays of my favourite 4 minute and 12 second track. Approximately.


Of course, it’s important to have the right music to suit the conditions. For instance, just behind me as I took this shot there appeared to be what I assume was a magazine photoshoot involving some young ladies who were somewhat underdressed for the conditions. Gently gyrating my hips to the sound of “S*xy and I know it” while clutching the remote release would not have been appropriate. Although it would have required exactly one and a half plays.


And there you have it. Music as a timing aid.


Week 5 of my broken leg and I’m going crazy…..


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Taken on May 14, 2017