After a day full of small-small fuzz that left the feeling of having wasted too much time, I just had a short stroll with one of the daughters, the camera on tripod and an umbrella. It was a fine occasion for some father daughter talk, she was asking and I tried to come up with understandable explanations, trying to carefully correct half-understood things. Our path led to the inlet of an almost 120 year old power plant, which now has automatic scrapers. And interrupting the boredom of a walk in a beginning drizzle, those scrapers came to life, wonderfully enough in just the right speed for a 20s exposure that captured the movement of the arms in the perfectly still lake.

And then the rain set in(2) Just minutes before it had just looked like this. Seeing the father busy with his camera, my daughter supported me by holding the umbrella over us, a difficult task for an 8 year old who is not on the tall side. And I got the opportunity to talk about the way the images are captured in a camera, making it interesting enough and explaining why this image needs 20s exposure time. So for both (human) sides this walk ended satisfying, and for the camera as well.

And then the rain set in

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8 thoughts

  1. I love the deep blue/green of the water and the detail you captured in both the equipment in the foreground and the mountains, forest and clouds in the background. Also, the longer exposure and the movement of the automatic scrappers give an interesting effect. I would not have known what they were if you had not told.

    Perhaps what will always be special to you about these photos is remembering the quality time spent with your daughter.

  2. Beautiful moment… great color…rain and all. Time spent with our children is something we should treasure as you do. My time is very precious with my family too.

  3. I like the movement of the scrapers, though I’m not sure what they do. It sounds like you had some excellent one-on-one time with your daughter and that is priceless.

  4. great mood and movement … your description reminds me at numerous photographic trips with my daughters 🙂

  5. Thanks to all for the positive feedback! Let me just explain that ‘scrapers’ thing: These are tools that keep the filtering grid for the hydropower station clean. The river brings numerous logs, roots and branches, which clog the grid and impede the flow of water, diminuishing the power yield. The power plant itself is almost 120 years old, a rare example of a well conserved art nouveau utility building.

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