i have heard the mermaids singing

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    Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
    I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

    T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

    This is, so far, my favorite image from my trip to San Diego. This was taken at Sunset Cliffs Park on the final evening of my stay. Due to the wildfires, the air had been a bit smoky for the past two days and the sun this night set into a red bank of haze. Before that, however, it lit up the cliffs and sparkled off the rocks and made the sea take on an ethereal quality, which I think pinhole captured well here.

    This exposure was only a few seconds long, though I spent much longer lingering at the edge of the cliffs and watching the light play off the waves.

    Dan Sherman, Mochafrost, kirainpdx, and 91 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Kent Mercurio 90 months ago | reply

      Glad to see you made it out to Sunset Cliffs. It's gorgeous there isn't it? Though I have a feeling it may pale in comparison to some of the beaches in your hometown.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    2. CatsFive 90 months ago | reply

      Dude, this picture is transcendant! Beautiful!

    3. Jacob L Barr. 90 months ago | reply

      WoW! I am quite stunned at the beauty and lore in this image.
      It gives off such an amazing energy!
      Grate work!

    4. Silton 90 months ago | reply

      Terrific pinhole!

    5. Zeb Andrews 90 months ago | reply

      Those rocks make the shot for me, the provide such a nice contrast to the wispy sky and ocean. Tough shot to pull of exposure-wise, you really had to capture quite a range and to do it on slide film, well done. This exposure needed to be spot on and it is. This is also one of those times I had a telephoto pinhole. That line of surf where the ocean meets the rocks is so pretty. I would love to see a pinhole of just that from this same vantage.

    6. carpeliam 90 months ago | reply

      that's a lot of good lookin' color. the rocks contribute to give it a nice ethereal quality. in one word, beautiful.

    7. SeekingFocus 90 months ago | reply

      Very nice. I love the waves washing over those rocks (or are they tiny pebbles) and the quality of light is great.

      By the way, that's one of my favorite (Elliot) poems ever. There was once a time when I was compelled to listen to a recording of it a few times a day. It's just beautiful and magical to hear it from Elliot himself:


      (forgive the lexus ad...)

    8. manyfires 90 months ago | reply

      Wow thanks SeeingFocus... didn't know a recording of Eliot reading that existed! I listened to it - it's amazing to hear it read by the author.

    9. Robert_Brown [bracketed] 90 months ago | reply

      In the room the women come and go
      Talking of Michaelangelo . . .

    10. Rob.Hudson 89 months ago | reply

      Love this dreamy picture and the well chosen quote.

      Wonderful work!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    11. Froghorn Leghorn 89 months ago | reply

      Its images like this that make working at a computer all day bearable! This shot is just pure magic and pure inspiration!

    12. Stumf2007 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Eco Precisionism, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    13. majorbrighton 83 months ago | reply

      Just have to say somthing, rather than fav and run!
      Think you would like the "LensBabie" lensbabies.com/
      heres a link; a lens especially for you!

      The image and words are enchanting and I am left without one!
      Yet my heart feels warm when all is said and done ;)

      Just made that up!
      Love your work ;)

    14. iain.sanderson 81 months ago | reply

      Jason.J Bones hit it right on the nose

    15. Tim Parkin 70 months ago | reply

      As close to the essence of Kant's Sublime as I've seen in a photo...

    16. ~cy 69 months ago | reply

      woah.... heavenly

    17. msokal 56 months ago | reply


    18. altmann0997 23 months ago | reply

      The colors are astonishing, besides, really like the blurred tides perfectly expressing their vitality.

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