I was excited to see that today’s assignment for photography101 was about water. I love water. I love the idea of the story of a little rain drop… I love the ocean and the rivers, every kind of water. Water has a very calming side to me. It has a special meaning to me. I love being in the water, swimming, diving, surrounding myself with it. I just feel at ease. I wish, I could spend more time in it, more time diving.
In my birth horoscope the element of water is basically missing. Obviously I am not a Water sign. Maybe this is the reason why I feel so close to every source of water in nature…
This is what ‘Water’ stands for in Astrology:
The element of Water is associated with the signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also rules the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth Houses. Watery descriptions are well suited to this element: fluid, flowing, wavering. These terms can easily apply to an individual’s emotions — the realm where Water most powerfully exerts its influence. Water basically stands for emotions, for feelings.
Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all.
Those graced by Water love to take their sense of the world and translate it into the artistic. They desire aesthetic beauty — and for everyone to be happy as a result of that beauty. Much like still water can become stagnant, however, an inactive Water sign person is not at their best. Water signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate and even romantic way.
The flip side of this dreamy Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Water signs are susceptible to mood swings, and at their worst, they could become self-indulgent, controlling and hostage to a fantasy world. This also brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. Call it psychic, if you will.
Water Signs are emotional, empathetic, receptive and feel things deeply. Alternately calm like the sea or possessing the force of torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this element are plentiful, indeed.
I find that water is best photographed in a horizontal way, if it is not a waterfall or if there is something in or on the water you want to highlight. I like to bring out the size of an ocean in a horizontal picture, the power, the beauty. For the assignment ‘Water’ I chose the following pictures.
In both of the above pictures the boat is the focus. Although the pictures are vertical and horizontal. As the boat in the second picture is wide, I thought it would be better to have a horizontal picture rather than vertical, as I wanted the ocean and the sky to be featured as well.
It is the rocks and the waves and the water that had to come together here. I am pretty sure it would have been a stunning picture taken in a vertical shot as well. Still I love how the water which is running off is still a big part of this photograph.
As I was very short in time today I decided to use pictures which I took over the last two to three months for this assignment. There are so many photos of water in my library, that I could go on forever with this task 🙂