It was a gorgeous summer day in July on a family holiday in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I was at the lake house with my family and took the kayak out for a mid-morning jaunt. The larger of two lakes was connected by a small canal. We paddled through; me in the back and my wife Christine in the front.
After making it to the small sized lake, and past the canal, we happened upon this scene. Oh! I gasped and began positioning the kayak so that we were perpendicular to the scene. One single perfect cloud hung over the water to greet us.
After carefully balancing the paddle on the top of the kayak, I reached for my rangefinder with the 28mm Leica f/2.8 with the yellow #8 filter and attempted to burn some light onto the Ilford Pan F 50 film stuffed inside. Aperture, shutter speed, focus, compose, bang, then again, and again. I made three images of this serene scene.
You know when you got the shot and that little wave of ecstasy runs over you, albeit just for a second or two? Well, we can’t ever really be sure since it’s film and there will be hours, days, or weeks in this case before I could confirm that, indeed, I got the shot.