Sun Down, Moon Rising

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 11 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:30 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Glorious Days of Night

Ohhhh, the lies of photographs. Or perhaps the incorrect assumptions that we automatically reach the instant we view them.  There’s a boat, some colorful containers, clouds, bright sunshine, etc…

Waaaaait, that’s moonshine.  Shooting into bright sunlight would mean super fast shutter speed, which would mean sharp clouds (depth of field shallowness could blur them, but the faraway containers are in sharp focus, meaning the background would be too).  Also the water wouldn’t look like it does now, though I’m not quite sure how describe its current look.  Finally, check out the horizon where it hits the frame on the right and left.  That’s evidence of the boat rocking over time, something that couldn’t be shot in daylight, except perhaps with a pinhole camera.

I think there’s some sense of awe contained here.  The brilliant light rising above the scattered clouds and pouring onto the water, the massive seafaring vessel, the subtle motion blur, etc.

Imagine standing at that railing, looking over dark containers and black seas, visible only in a skinny sliver of moonlight.

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