June 2, 2011

Docking Station


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On Friday, when the ferry landed at Orient Point, I glanced over the side and saw these things sticking out of the water. I immediately knew I wanted to shoot them so I made a mental note to get to Orient Point early enough on the return trip to grab a long exposure shot before the ferry arrived.

I should have known better. By the time I returned on Sunday,  there was NO time to spare — the Ferry was already waiting to take on its four-wheeled passengers.

From the Ferry’s sun deck, I could see that the shot I wanted would have been pretty cool, even if the Ferry was docked. These three things were sitting beyond the boat’s stern on the starboard side. (How impressed are you that I know some nautical lingo?)

I assessed the situation. The docking station (pier thingies sticking up out of the water) were just close enough to clear the stern (back) of the ferry (boat). So … standing on the sun deck (top of the boat), armed with my 20mm lens, I decided to go for it anyway.

Its not the shot I had in mind, but over all, I’m happy with the way it turned out.

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  1. The contrast between the textured “pier thingies” and the dreamy, smooth water is really captivating. The tinge of sky keeps our eyes anchored within the frame. Very mysterious!

  2. I like this shot. The minimal aspect allow the pillars sticking up out of the water to lead you into the horizon of the shot. Nicely done!

  3. Awesome work Bob! I’ve recently seen a book compiled entirely on B&W subjects that are just like this and apparently it was a total best seller. 🙂 I think you’re sitting on a gold mine here. I love this shot! Very emotional and minimalistically dramatic at the same time!