Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pier 22

After Chittenango Falls, John and I drove over to Onondaga Lake Park just north of Syracuse. We had fun wandering around and finding some great things to shoot: cracks in the ice, the Salt Museum, a pile driver. The weather got colder but also sunnier with some blue finally coming through, which was great. Towards the end of our time there, I came across Pier 22 down at the marina. Obviously it was closed for the winter, but I was drawn to it.

For me, there are a number of visual elements that help make this interesting. The verticals of the all posts going back into the distance. I like the repetition but without them all being the same height. I moved around when lining up the shot in order to get the walkway edge starting in the corner and leading in. This gave the added benefit of having the dock's shadow also provide another leading line into the image. The diagonal lines of the yellow police tape and the light colored boards provide another dual repetition of direction and tone. Finally, the two small signs with numbers are both present. The 22 is clear but also between the posts is a sign with 20 on it. I have to admit this was a happy accident. I had not even noticed the other sign until I started reviewing the images. Maybe my subconsious mind saw it and led me to this spot. A little left or right and it would have been behind a post. Weird.

As for processing, there was not too much. This is a three shot HRD image with a bit of tweaking in LR: a touch of cropping, bumping up the contrast, a boost to the yellows and oranges, and a tone down on the blues a bit. Pretty quick actually.


Light and Voices said...

Of the three shots, I believe I like this shot the BEST. Reason, the word is infinity. The wood takes me to the background and then the sky and back again, and again. Nice job!

John Brainard said...

Another one where I was screwing around with my flash, not getting good pictures while you were out taking nice photos!

I love that one... When I saw it, all I saw was a bunch of clutter. I didn't think that the wide angle would move the background distractions further back, minimizing them.

Excellent work!

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thanks Joyce. I am going to post some more from this trip but I think this is likely the main keeper for me. I had not thought of this back and forth before but you are right, when I look at it I get the same feeling. I love seeing new things in my own photos from someone elses eye.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Ha. You had a great shot in the marina area too. Wide angle is interesting that way, so much depth and yet it can also make things appear further away. I am just getting used to being able to shoot wide like this. But I am really enjoying it. I will have to play around some more. Thanks very much. Even if Pratt did not work, you pick some nice spots.

John Brainard said...

Oh good... I'm glad you're getting some good shots from the trip. You're picking the locations next time. :)

The old cemeteries do sound interesting to walk around in. When you get a free Saturday or Sunday afternoon coming up in a couple of weeks, let me know.

Images by Kelly said...

Beautiful shot Beau. This is one of my favorites.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thank you Kelly. I appreciate it. See you at the next meetup.