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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunset at Ocean Beach

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


I don't know what I did to screw up this picture, but I really love it.

This is what I call a happy accident.

I took this photo before I had the glass of wine.
And now I am too sleepy to answer all of your lovely comments from the prior post because I did have a glass of wine. I am such a lightweight when it comes to drinking.

So please accept my air kisses and thanks and I will write back when I recover.



Carol December 29, 2008 at 1:22 AM  

That is a wonderful photo... don't ya just love happy accidents? :-)

julochka December 29, 2008 at 2:15 AM  

really love the ghost surfers. and if it takes a glass of wine to achieve such a picture, then drink away!

Amanda December 29, 2008 at 4:45 AM  

A beautiful happy accident! I love it too!

Cynthia December 29, 2008 at 6:14 AM  

Yes, and you can keep learning to surf for your whole life! I'm still learning how to live. tangobaby, my New Years wish for you and your readers is from the same tradition as Joh Kabat-Zinn, "May you be free from danger,
may you have mental happiness, may you have physical happiness,and may you have ease of well-being. (Sharon Salzberg, Loving Kindness)
What a hidden gift you found in the surf picture--oh, I have one more wish, May all your accidents be happy!

willow December 29, 2008 at 6:47 AM  

Some of those happy accidents turn out to be the best pictures. Love it.

chaos in one body December 29, 2008 at 7:07 AM  

your picture is a happy accident.

i love those kind of pictures also.

i hope you enjoyed your wine and feel better in this morning.

do you know how to surf?

Char December 29, 2008 at 7:30 AM  

love the happy accidents - love it when they happen. one of my favorite shots of my niece was a happy accident.

enjoy the soft buzz of a good glass of wine - we will be here waiting for more fun.

robinbird December 29, 2008 at 9:14 AM  

jon kabot zinn is my personal dali llama. i try so hard to embrace his wisdom....which is of course counter to what he suggests... let go and just breath he would counsel...

i also love the image and happy accident. i have to find those that i have and perhaps post them... i tend to put them aside as not good even if i like them.


i hope my comment is revealed as is on this post but i will copy it just in case...

Kath December 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

I had to look at this for a long time before I saw anything. I am weary but happy weary. Time is going backwards for me today, I didn't know that Dec 29 is the longest work day EVER!
air kisses back

~K December 29, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

Jon Kabat Zinn - Funny you should mention him I am just reading a book by him. "Wherever you go There you are" - Great stuff to go with an ethereal photo

Yoli December 29, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

I love the picture. Enjoy the buzz!

robinbird December 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

sweetie this was such a wondrous photograph that you inspired me to post about it today.

Mari December 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

I love that photo, it is like a dreamscape!

msHedgehog December 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

On a technical note, for those who are interested - I'd guess that what you did was allow the camera to choose the exposure automatically, and point it at something too dark for any exposure short enough to freeze motion. If it can't get enough light to make a picture in a blink, it just opens the shutter for longer, and that's what happens. What's really nice about this picture is that it still looks dark, but with a touch of colour, pink-and-blue in the sea and yellow in the boards. The exposure is just right for that. What camera have you got, again? (it's time I got a proper digital compact).

Suvarna December 29, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

love this image accident or not, i think the movement and the darkness makes it so dream like and mysterious. Hooray for happy accidents!

Gabby December 29, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

It's fab. Looks like a sumi-e painting! The ghosts of surfers past! I miss the sound of the sea....

La Pianista December 29, 2008 at 4:25 PM  

Hi, Tangobaby! I just wanted to say I love your writing style and love, love, love all the pics.

Thanks for all the sunshine your work brings. :)

ecrunner December 29, 2008 at 4:33 PM  

Happy Accidents are the best. I was just in San Francisco... had a great time. The weather was fortunately nice. Have a Happy New Years!

tangobaby December 29, 2008 at 5:15 PM  

Hi y'all!

Thanks for being so enthusiastic about my blurry surfers. The Boy calls them Spirit Surfers, in homage to an exhibit of photography from the mid-1800s what has a selection of photographs purported to be of ghosts.

I'd love to answer all of your comments on this post and the last few right now, but my wrist is giving me those little twinges of "I'm Not really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but I could be if I felt like it" and I have to rest my wrist for today... so no more heavy typing.

But thank you all, and I'm glad Happy Accidents make you happy too.


vsmphotography December 29, 2008 at 7:06 PM  

This is one of those *oh* moments... how i miss the bay...
The photo is such a perfect reflection of that in a wine glass... i just love it...
and your coined phrase is fitting; it IS a happy accident.

Aquanetta December 29, 2008 at 8:50 PM  

I love the beach. Don't worry about the picture; you just put your own spin on it...lol.

smith kaich jones December 30, 2008 at 8:18 AM  

Having been in the photo business for the last jillion years, I've seen tons of happy accidents - tons of photos people would just not pick up or pay for - back in the days-o-film, when you didn't know what you had until you had it in your grubby little paws. I saved lots of those throw-aways. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. Blurry church services full of black women in incredibly gorgeous hats, accidental long exposures of children's birthday parties. I now feel the need to find those - they're stuck away somewhere - scan them, do something with them.

Love this. By the way.
:) Debi

Christina December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

This is hot! ; )