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.