petit dejeuner pres la plage

Almost like a painting...
I’m enamoured of this photo I took in the morning, because it looks like an Impressionist painting, or something by Seurat or Andrew Wyeth. Got lucky with the filter and sliding things up and down…

Café De La Plage…friends have been trying to get me out there, but I’m allergic to anything that serves “smashed avocado”, and this seemed like the sort of place that would…
So happy to be wrong. It does, of course, have smashed avocado…how could it not?…but that’s really just a symbol for the sort of crowd that usually gathers at these trendy places: the desperate vying for public attention, the celebrity complexes, the identical ironic beards, and the sort of loud idiot talk that passes for conversation these days, are really what I am allergic to.

In this wide open-air space, however, distance from others is a key feature, and the presence of The Sky & Sea reduces everything else to unremarkable elements in the landscape.  Crudely assembled tables out of shipping pallets, a couple of hammocks, and carpets strewn with bean bags, were spread far apart on a softly sloping grass lawn that leads down to the beach. People sit in small groups in the shade of Casuarinas and palms. The clouds were piled high on the horizon, a strong breeze blew in from the sea, and the water was like olive oil. Also, an emerald green oriole sat on our table, within arm’s reach, eating the leftovers of my muffin. Neither I nor my companion wanted to ruin the magic by pulling out a camera, so we just had a really good look and savoured the moment.

I wasn’t in the mood for a serious breakfast, though, so can only say the cappuccino was good, the muffin was crumbly and dry. Though the oriole said it was nice, he polished it off.

An old friend I hadn’t seen in years and years finally got me out there. I confess I’m charmed, though it’s too far by bicycle from my part of Darwin to get there very often. What an amazing place it would be to spend a long afternoon with a sketchbook or journal!

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5 thoughts on “petit dejeuner pres la plage

  1. Kris said in an email to me that you were a great photographer and I have to agree. This is swooning material, perfect composition, depth of field, colour saturation and contrast. The camera is its own medium, just like watercolours or oil painting, it takes an artist’s eye to use the medium to its maximum advantage.

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    1. Talaga?! Naka-tsamba Lang, maestro! At pangkaraniwan Lang ang original…sa filter Lang ako nakabawi. Salamat pa rin, dahil bihira akong nakakatanggap ng approval sa ‘yo😏 heh heh ang drama niya…

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  2. Heavenly! (And so much easier than painting, except that you can wait a long time for the perfect shot.) I’ve been trying to get some “perfect” cloud shots recently to make cloud brushes for Photoshop. Those are the kind!

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