A Brief Flash of Light

January 20, 2017: Exposure

“Click! … (reel) … Click! Click!” Got it! The lens was perfectly focused on her hair and the shutter speed fast enough to catch those few strands waving about from the westward sea breeze. She was facing the shore, as was I. I captured the top of her bare shoulders and her long, thick, wavy dark brown hair with speckles of sand scattered from strand to strand. The sea was loud in front of her, waves crashing unto themselves before rushing to shore and back again. I got it all. Back in the dark room, I prepared the film. The paper was ready to catch the image and the film was ready for exposure. Too little light and the story would lose its detail. Too much light and it would drown in it. It required a delicate exposure to be told in its full beauty. Just a brief flash of light for it to be just right.


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