Leap of Faith

Take a Leap of Faith

leap of faith

leap of faith


At the Cameras Direct Gold Coast shop the crew have had a bunch of their photos printed onto canvas and they are on display for all to see.

I took this photo 6 1/2 years ago now. I was at the point in my photography were ‘taking photos’ was starting to bore me a bit so I decided to ‘make’ a photo.

To be honest I don’t recall exactly what the inspiration was back then other than the desire to make images. I must have seen something similar in a book or online. Anyway its not important how or where I was inspired, its more important that I was.

My daughter was and still is heavily involved in dancing and I love the sunrise so she and I decided that we would have a go.

All we needed was 6 metres of sheer curtaining, an alarm clock to get up early enough (a drag my then 12 year old son out of bed to go and watch his sister being photographed) and a camera with a charged battery and memory card. (I didn’t want to get to the beach without them so I made a point of getting set up the night before.)

When we arrived at the beach the sun was only just starting to rise. My daughter did half a dozen or so leaps without the fabric in tow to get some ideas. As the sun rose I realised that we had better start taking photos as I wanted a soft light. This time, with the fabric trailing my daughter did several more runs, all the while I was trying to focus as she moved in the low light. It wasn’t working.

I knew then that I had to work on manual focus. I marked the sand with my foot, had my dancer stand there, focused on her and then switched the auto focus off. Fingers crossed. Several more leaps at the marked spot on the sand and frantic clicking of the shutter. All the shots were sharp but we weren’t happy with the leap. As the sun rose we tried again. This time we were both happy with the shot in the camera.

So what did we do then you ask? We went to maccas of course!

Later, back at home I loaded the shots onto the computer and well, I wasn’t totally happy. I decided to affect the colours and in doing so the sky now appears a little more orange and the fabric that shade of purple.

Some weeks later I entered the shot into the Gold Coast photo clubs competition for projected images. When the shot came up on the screen, the audience let out a slight gasp. I still get goose bumps remembering that moment. I’m not saying that the photo is the world’s best and it could be argued that it was in some way a copy but I had presented a photo that had an emotional reaction on others.

“For the Thrill of It” became one of our trademarks because of that reaction.

In hindsight, what would I have done differently? I would have had swapped the leading leg to the other side. Other than that, nothing.

My daughter and son still fondly remember that day. Isn’t that what it is all about? I’m now challenging you. Go looking for a shot you would like to try yourself. Not to copy but for inspiration or if you have a great imagination of course you can dream up your own idea.

Go and MAKE an image. 

I used a Canon 5d with a 24-105mm f4 L lens.