(S. watches the ferry load. oh to look so good at 6:15am!)
So I know from comments that some of you are wondering what kind of a boat would have a second hand shop on board? So I'll just post these quickly... The ferry to Savusavu on the other big island- Vanua Levu- was scheduled to depart at 7am. This meant boarding time was 6:15am in Lautoka...aaaaarrrghh! Actually not so bad for us as those who live in Denerau- up to an hours drive away from Lautoka. We opted to stay out at Vuda for the night, and stayed at the fantastic Anchorage Beach Resort, which is incidentally where A's classmate lives...We had dinner with other island family also staying the night in the Vuda area (yummy dinner at the yacht club), then an early night for the early morning start!
We picked up Amy's friend, then up to Lautoka- just a short drive for us luckily. It was definitely pre-dawn when we got there!
As the children filtered up to the top deck the sun started to rise illuminating them...
Karen (the chick with the Canon) has promised more photos we can share here sometime. and doesn't Dot look apprehensive? She doesn't even know yet that many of the 45 children will a) miss out on meals due to an error b) throw up due to the rough passage; or that when they reach their destination after 10 hours they will have to wait 3+ hours for another boat to shift off their dock! Everyone still seemed to enjoy their adventure though (and my girls found some great clothes at the second hand shop)...
This technique is known as "shoot through", where you deliberately leave the foreground out of focus enough to be see through. Its more commonly used in beautiful flower shots, or to include lovely wavy palms in the foreground or framing tropical scenes. But I used it here to try and capture the early morning industrial look of the Lautoka fisheries wharf (that's Simon (also from Vuda) in the orange t-shirt! may have to desaturate that!). This one is of course really early- before the sunrise hit the bridge. I tend to be a bit wary of fancy techniques, especially those in photoshop, as you get to a point where everyone follows the same trend; eg adding grain, the "faux lomo" and (its everywhere at the moment, some examples good, some dire) the "orton effect". But I am really taken with Jesh de Rox's work (added to my sidebar if you want a look) and am saving up for his textures as I really like the different moods they add. Please don't let it become a big fad! So in explanation the photo right at the top is S seeing her sister off on the boat, with texture added (but sadly not one of Jesh's textures). Its definitely a work in progress, but fun! Need more and different textures (hence need to keep on paying off the visa...)!
Right, must go, thanks for popping in, and see you all next time!