Moonlight Sonata by Anna Shaw

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This was inspired by the beautiful poem ‘By The Sea’ written by my wonderful friend Restlessd
You can read the poem below.

It immediately conjured up the music of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

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By The Sea

The moon reflects its luminance
As I stand above the flowing waves.
The tide moves evenly in and out
White foam crashes into the caves.

Sea oats whisper in the wind
A gull breaks the night with its cries.
I stand alone taking all this in
And a smile comes into my eyes.

Darkness, darkness all around,
The sand so cool to my feet.
The music of the ocean near,
Yet, silence set in so deep.

A motionless sky beacons to me
While streaming white stars say no.
So I will stay where I be, I’ll not disturb thee
For I really don’t want to go.

Melting clouds drift all about
Just like ghosts beyond the sky.
Now and then there comes a call
As a sea bird soars on by.

Away beyond the shoreline tide
A few lone ships fade and hide.
There they await the dawn
Knowing then their work is done.

Ebbing, peaceful rhythms ever so near;
Quiet solitude engulfs me,
I am calm and I am happy here,
Walking in the night by the sea.

Several backgrounds were blended together in Photoshop CS4, and textures added. The beautiful girl was blended over several layers, some of them being blurred to give movement to her dress. The clouds and moonbeams were painted. I was pleased with the end result, so I really hope that you will like it.

Special thanks to the artists who so generously shared their stock…

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Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaover 5 years ago

    Great work Anna!

  • Gosh – you are on the ball. Thank you so much.

    – Anna Shaw

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, this has everything, its just perfect, congratulations on another masterpiece.
    David xx

  • You are so kind David. I really appreciate that.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Anna, I love the tones you have used. x

  • Oh Irene, thank you so much. I so appreciate your comments and support. Good to have you back too.

    – Anna Shaw

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 5 years ago

    Like a Dream!! so very beautiful Anna!!

  • Thanks Pauline, your support is so appreciated. I am glad you saw it as like a dream, as that was exactly what I wanted to achieve, without going too far into fantasy.

    – Anna Shaw

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 5 years ago

    beautiful scene… nicely done…

  • Thanks George, that is kind.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful and very surreal Anna! Great work my friend!! xx ;]

  • Dear tracey, thank you – and for your always support.xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 5 years ago

    Anna this is a stunning work of art, excellent

  • Why, thank you so much Malcom.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely work

  • Thank you so much Antanas

    – Anna Shaw

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much Cee, I really appreciate that.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 5 years ago

    Wonderful creation – I would expect nothing less from my friend.

  • Inspired by a wonderful poet.

    – Anna Shaw

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