Daily Inspiration #533 By Aaron Hayman

Hello, I’m submitting this image to your “daily inspiration” post. It’s from a Canon SureShot A620 camera, taken handheld with the lens on “wide.” Other than that, I have no other details unfortunately… heavily processed in Photoshop though.

This image was taken in the North Carolina Outer Banks, a beautiful area, a few years ago. I was there in the early spring and therefore a bit before the throngs of other tourists arrive. That meant that there was a really empty quality and lots and lots of these very big vacation houses with no one in them, much less many folks walking on the beach. This all contributed to a mood of remoteness and stillness that I tried to capture with the series of photos that I took there. It also meant that the patterns on the sand which I think are quite striking were all pretty much untampered (without the footprints that they’d surely have in tourist season). I’ve since bought a camera that takes much sharper, more detailed images (a Panasonic GH2), but at the time I was using a rather old Canon PowerShot A620. Using a camera like this wasn’t really a hindrance though, as I often like the challenge of “working within limitations.” With that in mind, I looked for simple/bold compositions with plenty of strong contrasts… contrasts that I then enhanced in post production. Since I was working with images that were far more about form than color, going black and white was an obvious choice. Also, since images from this old camera tend to have a bit of noise, I thought of using a strong grain effect in Photoshop to mask that a bit. This also has the effect for me of giving the shots a kind of “shot on Tri-X film” feel, which gives the photos a more timeless quality, which I really like (I love the idea of being able to use a digital medium to reproduce an “analog” look). There’s also the idea for me that the grain I used in processing the photos was analogous to the sand that was everywhere.

I thought of this shot as a kind of “house on the hill” type thing… like a still from a movie, where this house is going to be the setting of something really serious… and probably dark! I often meditate on the idea of a “setting for an imaginary film” when I’m out taking photographs.

To see the rest of this series, please follow the link to my website: www.mapango.net/aarondesign/photo.htm



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Thank you,

Aaron Hayman


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  1. Wow, what a great surprise to see some great photos from one of my best college friends!!! 🙂

    I’ve been frequenting this site for a while, but hadn’t been on recently (it’s maybe been a few months.) What a coincidence. Great work, and hope to see you next time we’re up in Portland!


    • Mooooorg! Ha that’s funny. Coincidences all around. Like I didn’t realize I was even on this thing until I surfed here… and my photos were posted that very day! I think that I submitted these about a month back and didn’t here from the folks here so I didn’t image they’d be on here. Anyway, we’ll hang next time you’re in PDX… or when I’m in northern CA.

  2. love the texture and grain to these images!! #1 and #3 are large print worthy IMOHO. It’s the photographer not so much the camera that makes great images…Kewl

  3. ” Canon SureShot A620 camera” : I had A610
    Both have liveview which straightaway shows all changes and fully manual.

    Really like your processing and subtle grain : worsk so well on sand.

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