Genesis [to L.G.]
This is another photo from my Rosolina archive. It was the first and only time I have been at Rosolina Mare (Rosolina at Sea), but I have been lucky enough to have two wonderful sunrise sessions there. The clouds were incessantly shifting, creating complex, fleeting cloudscapes - hills and cliffs, puffy plains and suspended valleys through which flowed rivers of golden light. The rising sun was playing with the clouds, inflaming their deep bowels and eventually piercing their protean bodies with mighty shafts of sunlight that dived into the sea.
The scene was endowed with a sense of sheer majesty and I was barely able to shoot some exposure bracketings as my soul was overflowing with joy and awe. There were no obvious signs of human presence: just that glorious sky, the sea and the beach. And the sensation of a numinous presence - beyond me, beyond the horizon, beyond the sky. So I found myself wondering if, by chance, I was witnessing a new Genesis...
I do not know for sure if that wondrous morning some part of the world was created or reshaped - but I do know that something has been created anew during the few hours I spent in processing this bracketing. Something emerged from that endeavour - yes, to me processing often is an adventure, a travel inside myself through the feelings aroused by the scene at the time of processing and at the time of the capture. And maybe, in the end, this is why I feel that this photo depicts a new Genesis.
As a post-scriptum, I wish to dedicate this shot to Laura G. - not my wife, but a cousin of hers. Come on, Laura... the light will pierce the clouds, and the sun will wash again your days in a golden light!
I have obtained this picture by blending an exposure bracketing [-1.7/0/+1.7 EV] by luminosity masks in the Gimp (EXIF data, as usual, refer to the "normal" exposure shot), then I added some final touches with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.