Solitary at sea

Solitary canoe at sea

Solitary canoe at sea

There’s something about the water – that solitary kind of peaceful feeling. You’re on Earth but not quite.
John C. Reilly


My perfect holiday is always at the beach.. I try to avoid a place which is packed with people and rather choose a more secluded spot. There is nothing more pleasant than sinking your feet in the sand, and watching the sea.. I can do this for hours.. doing nothing but staring.. A few beers help for sure!


The sea has always been the source of calmness and inspiration to people. A few days off and I had time to think of why I like the sea.. And google helped me understand the connection. So rather than explaining on my own, a few words from the great minds..


“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
Robert Henri


“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy.”
Amy Dykens


“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea.. whether it is to sail or to watch it.. we are going back from whence we came.”
John F. Kennedy


Not sure I understand the connection John F. Kennedy was making.. perhaps another beer will help clear my mind.. “patraon .. machen anni ek kingfisher aad mare”.. (Please get me another kingfisher beer)


This picture was clicked before sunset at Colomb beach. I saw a canoe heading out and made an attempt to capture the solitary feeling the man rowing the canoe must have felt. Because of the sunset, the strong shadows of the ripples facing us give us a nice pattern. The 24-105mm L series Canon Lens was very sharp and to show how brilliant it is even at its highest zoom, have a look at the zoomed image below.





As you can see even the droplets of water from the oars are visible. A wonderful lens for anyone considering to buy it. I opened the aperture more to allow more light to come in, rather than increasing the ISO more than 200 (which would have made a more grainy image) or reducing the shutter speed (which would have not captured the droplets of water).


Settings used: 105mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 200

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