Kodak CX7430, taken in 2005 at Swan River, Perth.
The above image kind of reminded me of the classic children's tale "the ugly duckling". Then again, from the photograph I took, the reality was a lot less cruel than the original tale. On another thought, that white bird could just be a seagull goofing along. Whatever it was, I thought this was quite an interesting photograph. Whatever it was, that moment was very special to me. I was on my way home from the city, taking the TransPerth bus number 102 close to sunset. The bus took the riverside drive, and as I was looking out the window over the majestic Swan River, I saw huge flock (do you call them by flocks?) of ducks in the river. Though I was still about 5 minutes bus ride away (and about 20 minutes walk to where I lived) I immediately stopped the bus and got down. I had an old, now dead Kodak Easyshare CX7430, a 4MP dinosaur and I started making shots happen.
The famous boathouse.
The only reason for such odd composition (harsh tilting) was to fit everything in the frame. It was badly composed, but at least we get to see almost everything I wanted to show you. I did not have a wide angle back then, it was something like 34mm equivalent focal length at the widest.
Little did I realize, these shots turned out to be some of my favourites. I failed to capture what I felt seeing the hundreds (could be thousands) of ducks, swimming together.But the memory of being there was still crystal clear.
I was laughed at of course, when I told my friends I stopped the bus for these shots, which appeared to be ridiculously illogical to have to walk extra 1-2 kilometers. Yes, the laughter still stings sometimes, when the things you choose to do are being questioned. I felt like the "ugly duckling". Sometimes, only after a long period of time, we will start to see the bigger picture, and all those little things that we did, they helped to shape us up, and build us into something much bigger.