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photoblog image Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

Looking down on damp sand.

It's interesting, to me anyway, how the shadows almost seem to reverse themselves and become little relief sculptures instead of indentations.

Footprints in the sand

Looking down on damp sand.

It's interesting, to me anyway, how the shadows almost seem to reverse themselves and become little relief sculptures instead of indentations.

comments (19)

What a strange trick of light Ellie: I thought they were reliefs too. You're having a lot of fun with these sand pictures!
EJWilkins: It's something I've noticed before with wet sand, somehow turns the picture inside out. I've no idea why or how.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Oct 2008, 01:55
I like the shoes that have 5 toes. [grin]
EJWilkins: Ah, you spotted them!
  • The vageries of a wandering mind
  • 23 Oct 2008, 05:56
Today's Footprints in sand, soon to be washed away like words on a chalk board, and replaced by tomorrows.

The stories behind the myriad of feet fascinate me, and those varrying patterns and indentations.

Nicely observed, Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Remember, not all dinosaur footprints were washed away wink
superbe ton coup d'oeil
EJWilkins: Odd, the way it works, isn't it?
Loving this `shadow` series, Ellie.

Looking through your archive, the favorites of the ones I missed have to be the barn owl photographs. (:o)
EJWilkins: I took loads of the birds that day, but the sun was bright, the background wrong ... you know how it is.

Glad you like these shadows too smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2008, 07:39
Someone had a lot of fun in the sand young and old no doubtsmile
Nice image Ellie.
EJWilkins: It's a very busy area of the beach in Cascais, Portugal
Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson, 1936

I like the picture Ellie and it reminded me of this..corny I know smile
EJWilkins: No, it isn't corny at all, and it's something I thought of too.
I believe that you are making another type of photography, Ellie. I like much this series of the shades!
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Jose Angel
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2008, 09:32
You are quite right - they definitely look like a relief. Amazing effect. This is a good metaphor for our brief life on this earth!
EJWilkins: Are you still doing your course? If so, does your tutor know why/how this happens. I've noticed it before with pictures of sand
Interesting subject and effects. Puzzling effect of only right feet having clear toes, all the rest with shoes or flip-flops. Keep looking at this to see what I have missed.
EJWilkins: Amazing what's there to see, isn't it? wink
good crop
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was hard to decide what to keep in and what to take out
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Oct 2008, 11:42
Busy beach or confused walkers lol.good image Ellie
EJWilkins: All very determined to get to the "bathing" part of the beach from some steps wink
Unusual patterns on the sand Ellie, I like this very much.
EJWilkins: Thank you. I thought it was interesting, and unusual too
i see some had sand shoes on, good shadows and textures
EJWilkins: Keep looking, you never know what else you might see wink
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2008, 16:07
lovey observation Ellie. yes there is one of these in my archive and the footprints play the same trick, I've seen it else where too, funny that!
EJWilkins: Odd isn't it? I've no idea why it happens
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2008, 17:36
Busy thoroughfare here Ellie surprised you didn't get mown down in the stampede ;o) As a child I used to amuse myself walking backwards (in fresh sand) towards the water so that it looked like someone had come out of the water and vanished!
EJWilkins: Ah, you were one of those too! *whistles quietly* wink
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 23 Oct 2008, 23:11
I am enjoying these shadows this week. Nicely spotted and captured. I don't think I would have noticed.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England.
  • 24 Oct 2008, 23:02
I, too, thought that they were in relief as well! Amazing how you've caught this effect.

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