On one of the days when we’re at Maldives, it happens to be a staff appreciation day. It’s a day for everyone, including the village chief, to participate in showing appreciation to the team behind all the hard work and preparation they had done to ensure all guests are enjoying as much as they could. We saw the kitchen staffs hurried to arrange the tables right after the guests breakfast, and was kept busy the whole day until dinner time. A significant amount of manpower was activated to carry and arrange the tables from within the restaurant, to the beach just right outside.
I walked by the arrangement in the midday and went into a corner for a good angle of the stretch of tables lining along the shoreline. The sun was high up, bright as always, yet covered by a brilliant cloudscape and casted an acceptable amount of soft shadows on the sand. With all tables, chairs and utensils all neatly laid out, it became a natural leading line for the frame.
Because this was shot during the midday, I’ve lost the beautiful colors of the sun and the sky. As I normally don’t attempt for a midday shoot, this was more of a learning and challenge for me. Turns out the shot was good – stable, no blurs and image was sharp. The only thing was the time of the shot. So I decided to throw in a mix myself through post-processing. Balancing the warmth and shadows, it created a powerful and exact mood that I would think, such a dinner could enjoy.
Photo: Maldives, Kani Island Beach
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